While the Mumm Racing Village is the place for the cool folk at Auckland Cup day at Ellerslie on Saturday, the invitation-only Swisse-Oasis is the celebrity place to be.
The Palm Springs-inspired Oasis will provide an opulent retreat from the heat in a two-storey space featuring gardens and glass cubes.
The Oasis will feature food from Odettes, Peter Urlich and Ladi6 will provide the sounds, and the Aperol Sundowners’ Deck will provide the perfect vantage point to watch the festivities unfold.
Radio Hauraki’s Jay Reeve will MC the day’s festivities. Swisse NZ’s official ambassador and All Black captain Kieran Read will be there with his wife Bridget and his team mates Beauden Barrett and Julian Savea will make the trip from Wellington, with Savea’s wife Fatima and Barrett’s partner Hannah Laity in tow.
Actors hitting the track include a smattering of Shortland Street and 800 Words stars, including Grace Palmer, Cian Elyse White and Luke Patrick.
And others, such as Gilda Kirkpatrick, Chrystal Chenery and Dani Robinson will be there in reality TV force. Robinson will be there with her GoPro beau Logan Dodds.
On the fashion front, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, Fashion in the Fields stunner Carena West and milliner to the stars Claire Hahn will also be trackside at the Oasis. Those three have stamina, as the night before they will be judging “Best Dressed” at Alexandra Park’s Derby night along with our own Michiko Hylands.