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Wellington’s greatest party and your must-do event for the summer.

Join the electric atmosphere on the public lawn, dance front stage at The edge Festival Zone or be treated like royalty in hospitality. Whichever your Cup Day style, get ready to be wrapped up in the glamour and spectacle of the country’s most dramatic sporting event.

Cup Day showcases the finest display of horses, trainers and jockeys in thoroughbred racing including the hugely anticipated NZCIS Wellington Cup race itself.

Adding to the magic of racing and show stopping fashion there’s plenty more to keep you entertained!

There's no party like it!

Wellington Cup Carnival comes alive over three consecutive weekends of racing at Trentham Racecourse, right on Wellington city's doorstep.

Classic Day — Saturday 11 January

The first day of the Wellington Cup Carnival and showcases what is traditionally one of the best racing days in New Zealand including three black-type races with entertainment. Horse racing at its best!

Wellington Cup Day — Saturday 18 January

Wellington Cup Day is the jewel in the crown of Wellington Cup Carnival. On top of the quality racing the day will be packed with action and entertainment with stages, bands, and the iconic Fashion in the Field.

Get set for the beautifully dressed, the popping of corks and the thunder of the hooves. Wear your finest heels, don your smartest suits and get ready for Wellington Cup Day - there’s no party like it!

Family Day — Saturday 25 January

Perfectly designed to entertain the whole family, come along for world-class racing with free family entertainment. Enjoy the Kids Fashion in the Field, games, performances, and themed races.