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Melbourne Cup - Phar Lap Tour


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  • Australia
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  • Victoria


From $4,825


7 nights

Travel Dates:

Friday 30th of October 2020 until Friday 6th of November 2020


Melbourne Cup - Phar Lap Tour - 8 Days / 7 Nights - from $4825* per person (with Sporting Tours).

Join us this Spring at fabulous Flemington Racecourse with Des Coppins who is celebrating his 29th Melbourne Cup! Experience an unparalleled celebration of world class thoroughbred racing,
glamorous fashion and fabulous food in an exhilarating carnival atmosphere.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival has been embraced as a highlight in our sporting calendar, but more recently has morphed into a must-attend event in social calendars as well.

Our popular annual tour is fully hosted by horse racing legend Des Coppins and escorted by Melbourne Cup specialist Kel Munro who always receives rave reviews from our customers.

Melbourne is a fantastic destination, stay a little longer with our flexible package extensions.


  • Return Economy class airfare from ex Auckland (surcharge applies for departures from ex Christchurch or Wellington)
  • Airport Transfers in Melbourne (Group flights only)
  • 7 nights accommodation at your selected hotel
  • Welcome drinks & nibbles
  • Cup Eve Gala Dinner including beverages with racing personalities
  • Return coach transfers to Flemington Racecourse as per Itinerary
  • Reserved Hill Stand seats on AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day & Kennedy Oaks Day
  • Des’s 28 yrs. celebration bet, $1000 bet for 1 lucky person on their pick in the cup
  • $10 Lexus Melbourne Cup Sweepstake ticket
  • Post Lexus Melbourne Cup celebration
  • Tour of well-known racing stable and lunch at Gary Willets Dingley Hotel
  • Full Day Tours – A choice of  a Trip to Yarra Valley Wineries lunch included cost $90 per person OR a trip to a country race meeting at Kyneton (race course admission at own cost) or trip to Living Legends lunch included cost $60 per person
  • Farewell gathering
  • Sporting Tours travel pack
  • Escorted by Tour hosts Des Coppins and Kel Munro (subject to minimum numbers)


Friday, 30 October
Depart from New Zealand for Melbourne. On arrival you will be transferred to your selected hotel. This evening we meet for welcome drinks where you can get to know your tour escorts and fellow tour members.

Saturday, 31 October
This morning we make our way to Flemington Racecourse for AAMI Victoria Derby Day and experience fun, fashion and a few flutters. After the last race we will transfer you back to your hotel. 6.30 -7.3O pm - Happy Hour drinks in hotel function room

Sunday, 1 November
This morning we visit a well known stable. We then visit well known jockey Gary Willets’ Dingley Hotel for lunch (lunch is included, drinks are at own cost).

Monday, 2 November
This morning you are invited to attend the Sporting Tours Social Bowls Tournament (entry fee at your expense) This will be held at the nearby City of Melbourne Bowls Club from 9.00am -12.00
Bowls will be provided by the host club and refreshments will be available from the club bar. It will be a great opportunity to mix with fellow tour members in what promises to be a fun morning with fun prizes. This evening we meet for our Cup Eve Gala Dinner and racing show hosted by Des Coppins with special guests.

Tuesday, 3 November
It’s Lexus Melbourne Cup Day! Following breakfast we transfer you to Flemington racecourse for the Lexus Melbourne Cup. Fun, fashion and frivolity will be on the cards as we celebrate Australia’s most famous race day. After the last race we return you to your hotel for a post cup celebration.

Wednesday, 4 November
Today is at leisure. As an optional extra you are welcome to join Sporting Tours at the fun country race meeting at Kyneton for the running of the Kyneton Cup (racecourse admission at own cost). This is an all-day event that runs from 10am - 7pm OR join us on a tour to a Yarra Valley Winery for wine tasting and lunch cost $90 per person OR tour to Living Legends home of retired champion race horses such as Fields of Omagh, Might & Power. Brew. Rogan Josh, Better Loosen Up depart 10am return 2pm lunch includes cost $60 per person.

Thursday, 5 November
It’s Kennedy Oaks Day at Flemington, traditionally known as ’Ladies Day’ for the glamorous fashions. Return transfers to Flemington are provided. Join us at the “Farewell Gathering” this evening to say goodbye to some new friends!

Friday, 06 November

Today you return to New Zealand. You will be transferred to Melbourne International Airport for your return flight home.

Attend World Cup T20 match Black Caps vs Australia
Friday 06 November MCG and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day Saturday 7 November
Options to attend cricket only or races only or both.
Costs available on request.

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