How To Watch Melbourne Cup In New Zealand

So you want to watch the Melbourne Cup in New Zealand but can't? Tried visiting the website and been hit with a 'not available in your region' error?

But don't want to pay for premium TV, or have access to your local TAB or bar? Well for most people the race that stops a nation is at 1pm, when most of us are at work. 

So having easy access to watch on our laptop is the best option. But there's many activities throughout the carnival cup week to watch as well. 

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What is a VPN? 

A virtual private network (VPN) is a piece of software that runs in the background on your device and replaces your normal IP address with an overseas one.

With one click you can change your IP address to any country in the world. This makes it possible to unlock local content you usually couldn't access, fast and safe. 

Additionally a VPN allows you to remain secure online, by protecting your real identity from prying eyes such as your ISP and local authorities. 

VPN's don't track your usage either, allowing you to do whatever you like online. 

There's many VPN providers out there, but we only recommend the best and most affordable for New Zealand residents and tourists. 

How To Watch Melbourne Cup With A VPN

There is no way to watch Melbourne Cup for free in New Zealand without using a VPN or Smart DNS provider. Fortunately these are very affordable to purchase. 

Follow this simple five step process to watch the Melbourne Cup within minutes. 

1. Purchase Cheapest VPN Plan

Surfshark is one of the most affordable providers out there, with plans starting at $1.99USD per month. This works out to be around $3.15 per month in NZD. 

You can purchase with Paypal, VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Amazon Pay and Google Pay. A full 30 day money back guarantee is included. 

2. Download The Application

You'll receive an email with your login details. 

Additionally you'll be able to download their software for your device. 

They offer support for MacOS, Windows, Linux, FireTV, AppleTV, Android TV, iOS, Android, Xbox, Playstation, Google Chrome, Firefox and Roku. 

3. Login To Your VPN Account

Once the app is installed, you'll need to use the username and password to login. 

The app will remember your login details for future access. 

4. Activate & Choose Australian Server

You'll be able to change locations in a matter of seconds. Click connect and once the Surfshark logo lights up green you'll be connected. 

If you want fast speeds then choosing the Optimal location will be your best option. 

This is the MacOS version. They have apps for every device!

Currently they offer over 63 countries across 6 continents to choose from. 

5. Signup & Start Watching

Ensure you're connected to a location where the app is based, i.e. Australia. 

Then it's time to visit Tenplay and signup for your free account. Once you've verified your account, you'll be able to watch their content.

You can then disconnect the VPN when you'e finished and reload again next time using the quick connect option. 

What Is The Melbourne Cup?

At the age of seven, Michelle Payne told her friends that she would one day win the Melbourne Cup. 23 years later, Payne shocked the sporting world when her dreams came true and she became the first woman to win the famed race.

Often described as “the race that stops the nation,” the Melbourne Cup is arguably the most renowned sporting race in Australia.

Seventeen horses competed in the first ever Melbourne Cup on Thursday 7 November 1861, for the grand prize of A$1,371 and a gold watch.

The Melbourne Cup Today

Fast-forward 159 years to 2020 to see 24 horses racing, competing for A$8,000,000 cash and trophies valued at A$250,000.

A Bay stallion by the name of Archer was the first horse to win the Cup, in front of a recorded 4,000 attendees. He returned the next year to compete again, racing in front of a nearly doubled crowd of 7,000.

Today, the Melbourne Cup is a 32,000-metre race with only horses aged three and over deemed eligible to compete. The highly esteemed race is held on the Flemington Racecourse in Flemington, Victoria as an official event of the Spring Racing Carnival.

History Of The Melbourne Cup

In 1877, the first Tuesday of November was officially declared a public holiday as a bid to attract larger crowds to the Cup. It seems to have worked, with Flemington Racecourse recording a staggering 110,223 attendants in 2010.

The first race of the day commences at 11am, the last at 5:20pm. The main race commences at 3pm with the winner taking home the most esteemed trophy in the horse racing community. It’s the race every trainer, jockey and horse owner dreams of winning.

Flemington Racecourse has birthed many winners and legends, most of them born on the first Tuesday of November. In 1930, the legendary Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup from Second Wind and Shadow King and has forever been remembered as one of Australian horse-racings greatest.

In 1932, the racing legends life came to an unfortunate end when he mysteriously collapsed on a San Francisco farm.

The Melbourne Museum erected a display in the horse’s honour and has remained one of the museums main attractions for over eighty years. His heart remains preserved in a jar of formaldehyde.

Recent Years At The Cup

The 2019 Melbourne Cup was claimed by runner number 3, Vow and Declare. Jockey Craig Williams celebrated his first win after his fifteenth ride in the race.

Horse racing isn’t the only attraction on Melbourne Cup Day. Tabcorp reported that an estimated A$160 million had been spent betting on the day, with A$106 million being forked out on the main Melbourne Cup race.

To put that into perspective, the Turnbull government invested A$160 million dollars into its same-sex marriage plebiscite.

 A plethora of records have been set on the day. Makbe Diva wowed race-lovers when she became the first horse to win the race three times, doing so consecutively in 2003, 2004 and 2005. When winning in 2003, Makbe didn’t start as the favourite; Mamool did. They finished last.

Melbourne Cup New Zealand FAQ's

1. Do you have to be in Australia to watch the Melbourne Cup?

No you don't. The race is actually shown on Spark Sports or Sky Sports. If you're not a premium subscriber you can watch for free using a VPN and the 10 Play website.

Simply connect to an Australian server, create an account and start streaming. The entire race day is streamed for all 10 races. 

2. Is Melbourne Cup event available in NZ?

Yes it's currently being streamed by Spark Sports and Sky TV. You can become a premium subscriber to access this event on their platforms. Additionally they have other horse racing events via the TAB channel. 

3. When is the 2020 Melbourne Cup?

The race is pencilled in for the 3rd November. It's usually the first Thursday in November each year and is accompanied by the Cup Carnival. The race that stops a nation is at 3pm local time (1pm NZST) and is race 7 on the race card. 

4. How long is the Melbourne Cup?

The race distance is 3,200 metres and usually takes 3-4 minutes to complete. The race starts at 3pm local time. The cup day starts at 11am with the first race, and concludes at the end of race 10 which starts at 5.20pm. 

5. What happens on Melbourne Cup day?

There are 10 races during the day between 11am and 5.20pm. Races are spread out between 35 and 40 minutes per race, with the exception of the Cup which is held 1 hour after race 6, due to additional televised ad breaks and formalities. 

An hour before the race, the jockeys are introduced to the public, which is different to other races. There's 24 in the starting lineup. The Australian national anthem is sung. 

The horses are paraded around the lawn for spectators to see, before placing any last minute bets. It's not uncommon for punters to place large bets after spotting a potential winner in the line up. 

After the race there is plenty of media attention and an interview with the jockey, trainer and the horse owners. There's a presentation of the trophy and the huge cheque! 

Additionally on the day there's many events, especially for the ladies with the Spring Carnival Fashion competition which takes place over the 3 day event. There's prizes to be won and lots of colour. 

6. Is Melbourne Cup Day a public holiday?

In Australia it's not a national public holiday, but for residents of Melbourne it is. It's been like this since the 1800's and it's common knowledge that the day is a public holiday, but it's not technically one, even in Victoria. 

7. Where can I watch the Melbourne Cup?

You can watch in New Zealand using Spark Sports or Sky Sports. In Australia you can watch for free using and Channel 10. 

New Zealanders can use a VPN with an Australian server to watch for free.