Key Information

Key Information

All the essential information you need for a fun day out at The Show 2023.


Key Dates and Times:  

Wednesday 15 November - 8.00 am - 5.30 pm 
Thursday 16 November - 8.00 am - 7.30 pm 
Friday 17 November - 8.00am - 5.30pm 

Thanks to to the Kiwi Gaming Foundation, kids 16 and under are FREE again this year!

Ticket sales are also going cashless this year so there are two ways you can purchase your tickets below. 

  • Online
    You can pre-purchase your tickets and VIP parking online here - parking will only be available to purchase until 11.59am 14 November. 
    • Pricing from 1 Aug - 16 Sept - $25 Adult, $20 Senior/Student
    • Pricing from 17 Sept - 31 Oct - $30 Adult, $25 Senior/Student
    • Pricing from 1 Nov - 12 Nov - $35 Adult, $30 Senior/Student
    • Pricing from 13 Nov - $40 Adult, $30 Senior/Student
  • On the gate
    You are able to purchase your tickets on the day at the gate but we will only have Eftpos available - NO CASH. 

Please note: you will be able to use cash within The Show. Cashless is only for ticket purchases. 

Canterbury Agricultural Park
102 Curletts Road, Hillmorton, Christchurch

Driving and Parking 

We have some changes to parking this year. Official Parking Map here

  • Unpaid Public Parking
    Free public parking is only available via the Hayton Road, McMahon Drive or Augustine Drive entry/exits. There is NO public Curletts Road entry/exit this year. 
  • Members/VIP/Trade/Paid Parking Passes
    Please enter via Curletts Road and follow the directions on your pre-issued parking pass. A valid parking pass must be display to enter this area!
  • Accessible Parking 
    For those needing accessible parking, please enter through Curletts Road. There is a dedicated space on the left of the entrance for you. 
    Due to limited space, a valid mobility parking pass MUST be displayed to access the accessible parking spots. If a pass can’t be displayed, there is a drop-off point for Show Visitors with accessibility needs at the Curletts 1 Entrance with direct access to asphalt pathways.

Please note: The Wigram Underpass Entrance is strictly for cars only. Height restriction is 2.4m. 

There are spaces available to park and lock your bikes by the River Turnstiles entrance. Make sure to BYO lock to secure your bike. 

Special buses will be running on Friday only from the Christchurch Central Bus Interchange to the River Turnstiles between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm. The first scheduled bus from the Interchange is at 9.30 am and the last bus is 5.30 pm from the Showgrounds.

The official taxi partner of the New Zealand Agricultural Show is Blue Star Taxis. There is a taxi pick up and drop off located next to the River Turnstile off of Curletts Road. 

Blue Star Taxis Ph: 03 379 9799

Internal Shuttles 
Shuttles within the Canterbury Agricultural Park are free on all three days. They will be running consistently throughout the day from the car parks to the Turnstiles to help you reach The Show entrances easily. The buses will be following this route and will happily pick you up along the way. 


Onsite Information 
We have two information centres should you need anything. You will find them at: 

  • The corner of Deans Avenue and MacKenzie Drive
  • The Equestrian & Farriers Competition (RDA) building on Northcote Drive. 

Please note: The Show Office is only available for Livestock and Exhibitor enquiries. 

The Leefield Accessible Viewing Area is available for the Isaac Construction Premier Ring (Main Arena) off of Fincham Lane. 

Accessible bathroom facilities are available near the: 

  • Wool Zone in the PGG Livestock Arena
  • Equestrian & Farriers Competition (RDA) building on Northcote Drive
  • Parents Room on the corner of MacFarlane Avenue and Abbott Street
  • Corner of Deans Avenue and Abbott Street

First Aid
St John First Aid is available:

  • beside the Robsons Cattle Lawn and Show Office on MacKenzie Drive
  • beside the Equestrian Isaac 1 Arena

Please note: In an emergency, please call 111

Lost Children 
The Lost Children tent is located beside the Show Office on MacKenzie Drive. 

Lost Property 
All reports of lost property of theft can be made at the Public Information Centra on the corner of Deans Avenue and MacKenzie Drive. 

Parent Information
The Parents Room is available on the corner of Macfarlane Avenue and Abbott Street. 
There is also a Kids Chill Zone at the Hazlett Farmyard. 

Drinking water
We're encouraging all our visitors to support us in our mission to get to Zero Waste by providing water refill stations around the park. Please feel free to bring an empty refillable bottle and utilise the 10 stations across the Park. 

EFTPOS - Cash Out
Cash out facilities are available however we recommend you bring cash to avoid delays. And remember, the gate is EFTPOS only. 
There is a transaction fee for each cash out transaction, available at: 

  • Corner of MacKenzie Drive and Deans Avenue
  • Corner of Macfarlane Avenue and Northcote Drive 

Specialty areas
This year we have some specialty marquees around the Isaac Construction Premier Ring (Main Arena) including: 

  • Bayleys Members' Pavilion
  • The Breeze and La Croix VIP Marquee

You will need a speciality pass to enter any of these areas. 

Dogs at The Show
For the safety of all animals and people, we only allow personal service dogs or dogs competing in herding, Might Mix or the Terrier Race on site. 

Due to the wide variety of exhibits, displays, competitions and events, it is incredibly important that all visitors abide by the safety rules and signage at the Canterbury Agricultural Park. As a general rule, please follow the instructions of all Marshalls, Show Officials and Signage. 

The animals on display or in competition are very important and our team and competitors take their safety very seriously. Please do not enter any animal enclosures, touch or irritate the animals.

The internal roads within the Canterbury Agricultural Park are open for emergency and Show vehicles and horses, cattle and other livestock, particularly around the Isaac Construction Premier Ring, and the Robsons Cattle Lawn. Please be aware of animal and vehicular traffic around the Park, particularly with children in your care. 

Over 100,000 people are expected over the three days, and certain times can get very busy. We recommend writing a phone number on their arm or leaving it with your child, in case they get separated from you and Staff can help notify you.

Please also ensure your children do not enter the livestock pens or enclosures, or get too close to animals, including standing behind horses, cows or bulls, as they may not see them there.