Checking Out the NZ Cup, and the A&P Show
After we crossed Cook Straight by ferry to the South Island, we rented an RV and headed straight to Christchurch to check out the New Zealand
Cup & Show, which we thought would give us a good taste of some more contemporary New Zealand culture. This annual event kicks off with the NZ Cup horse race, but our main interest was the Agricultural and Pastoral (A&P) Show. Widely considered the centerpiece of the 5-day festival, which includes a regional public holiday, this country fair like event showcased the best in class for everything from sheep, lamas and alpacas, to cattle and livestock. It also featured equestrian competitions and a lumberjack tournament – attended by Princess Anne no less!