Melbourne Cup Carnival 2022

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.

Join your hosts Des Coppins and Kel Munro for an action packed itinerary.

Melbourne 31 October - 04 November 2022 From $3750 pp share twin


The premier thoroughbred horse racing event in Australia is the Melbourne Cup Carnival. This is one of the greatest carnivals in the world with almost 400,000 people attending magnificent Flemington over the four days. Don’t miss all the colour and excitement of the week that stops a city.


Monday 31 October 2022

Depart from New Zealand for Melbourne. On arrival you will be transferred to your selected hotel. This evening we meet for a Cup Eve Gala Dinner and Racing Show which includes complimentary beverages and dinner. Hosted by Des Coppins with special guests.

Tuesday 01 November 2022
It’s Lexus Melbourne Cup Day! Following breakfast we transfer to Flemington 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 02 November 2022
Today is at leisure.
As an optional extra you are welcome to join your group 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.
Alternatively join members of your group on a tour to a Yarra Valley Winery for wine tasting and lunch.Cost $90 per person.
Or finally a tour to Living Legends home of retired champion race horses such as Fields of Omagh, Brew, Rogan Josh, Better Loosen Up. Depart 10am return 2pm lunch included. Cost $60 per person.

Thursday 03 November 2022
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 04 November 2022
Today we return to New Zealand. We’ll be transferred to Melbourne International Airport for our return flight home.

Travel Dates
31 October – 04 November 2022

Book by
Until sold out

* Return Economy Class airfare from New Zealand to Melbourne, including airline levies, known fuel surcharges at time of print, departure taxes
* Airport transfers in Melbourne (applies to group flights only)
* 4 nights accommodation
* Cup Eve Gala Dinner including beverages with racing personalities
* Return coach transfers to Flemington Racecourse as per itinerary
* Reserved Hill Stand# seats on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day & Kennedy Oaks Day
* Post-cup celebration
* Full Day Tours – A choice of a trip to a country race meeting at Kyneton for the running of the Kyneton Cup (race course admission at own cost)
* Farewell gathering
* $10 Lexus Melbourne Cup Sweepstake ticket
* Des’s 31yrs. celebration bet – $1000 bet for 1 lucky person on their pick in the Cup
* Sporting Tours travel pack
* Tour hosts Des Coppins, Chris Hammonds and Kel Munro (subject to minimum numbers)

# Please note: The Hill Stand is covered, however the front and sides of the stand are subject to weather conditions

Package extensions available, contact us today with your requirements

Price per person


Extra nights Extra nights Extra nights 
Sheraton Melbourne Single Double Twin Single Double Twin
Traditional King Room $4470 $3820 $3820 $336 $168 $168
Superior King Room $4630 $3900 $3900 $360 $180 $180
Deluxe King Room $4790 $3980 N/A $370 $185 N/A

Triple share rooms on request.

Please note: Package costs are based on airfares ex AUCKLAND. From Wellington please add $115 pp, from Christchurch please add $90 pp


About your Hosts

Des Coppins
Des was the host for Trackside Radio and Sunday’s popular ‘Track Talk’ program, Des has been involved in racing for the past 41 years as a journalist, TV presenter and talk back host. He has escorted Melbourne Cup tours for the past 30 years.

Kel Munro
Kel is an avid horse racing fan, and 2022 will be his 42th Melbourne Cup tour. Kel is a Melbourne Cup specialist who has a vast
knowledge of the Carnival.

Chris Hammonds
Chris is the CEO of Sporting Tours, whom has organised this tour. Chris has co-hosted this tour for the last few years and is an avid fan of the Melbourne Cup and has expert travel knowledge. 

Terms and Conditions
Prices shown unless otherwise stated are in NZ$, and are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, Eftpos, direct deposit or cleared cheque only.  Credit Card payments are also accepted but will incur a small surcharge, please enquire.  Capacity restrictions may apply. A minimum non-refundable deposit of $950 full package is required to place a booking. Full payment dates will be advised upon booking. Cancellation fees apply. In the event that Government Alert Level restrictions apply due to COVID-19, and the tour is cancelled, we will do all possible to provide a refund or credit for services paid. All payments made are non-refundable, travel insurance is required. Prices correct as at 16 May 2022  and are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Other conditions may apply. STOURS.