Polo and Fashion to Take Centre Stage in Auckland this February

Monday 17 December 2012, 9:08AM

By Paul Blomfield PR


The BMW NZ Polo Open Final
The BMW NZ Polo Open Final Credit: Paul Blomfield PR


Celebrating 36 years of hard fought chukkas, incredible horsemanship, divot stomping, fashion and champagne, this year’s BMW New Zealand Polo Open Finals Day returns to the Clevedon Polo Grounds on Sunday February 24th, 2013.

Auckland Polo Club Event Director, Amy Calway believes guests attending the 2013 event will be both surprised and delighted by the winning line-up of polo, fashion, music and premium vehicles on show. 

“As well as the three top level polo matches and the hugely popular ‘BMW vs Polo Pony’ race taking place; this year we have a fabulous ‘Fashion Lawn’ area showcasing some of New Zealand’s top designers, as well as amazing prizes to win, luxurious corporate marquee areas and picnic spaces to enjoy,” says Calway.

The Polo at Clevedon is an event like no other, in an idyllic green valley, where celebrities rub shoulders with horse lovers, with luxury marquees and champagne bar areas lining the playing field just meters away from thundering horses. 

For the first time BMW will offer guests an opportunity to test their driving skills on a specially designed, world class BMW xDrive testing facility.

“BMW is proud to support the New Zealand Polo Open Finals for the fourth year.  This world class event epitomises dynamism, elegance and performance, all values that align with the BMW brand,” said Nina Englert, BMW Managing Director.

It’s often stated that fashion and polo go hand in hand, and in 2013, ticket holders are being encouraged to really ‘dress to impress’ in order to win big.  

Helicopter flights, an afternoon sailing around on a Super Yacht with five friends and 30 celebrities, as well as high value goodie bags are all up for grabs for those who make the right impression to the six celebrity judges who’ll be roaming the fields across the day style-spotting. 

The Fashion Lawn area will play host to six designer shows throughout the day, curated and coordinated by top New Zealand stylist Lulu Wilcox and George FM will be providing the soundtrack for the day, lead by top DJ duo Nice n’ Urlich.

A hair and make-up ‘Powder Room’ is also on-site to keep guests and spectators looking sharp all day, and nail polish and shoe shine bars will be available to maintain that perfectly groomed polo fashion look. 
Says Calway, “those who’ve never been to the BMW New Zealand Polo Open are missing out on one of New Zealand’s truly unique and vibrant events. Tickets are strictly limited and will sell out, so it is important to book online to avoid disappointment.” 

Tickets and Corporate Packages are available now through

The BMW NZ Polo Open is proudly supported by Veuve Clicquot, Bayleys, Rodd & Gunn, Heineken, Verifone and Mitavite.

For more information please contact:
PR Representative, Paul Blomfield; Ph: (021) 970 871,
Amy Calway, Auckland Polo Club Event Development Manager; Ph: (021) 121 4543, 

About the BMW New Zealand Polo Open
The BMW New Zealand Polo Open is New Zealand’s premiere polo event and highlight of the polo season.  2013 marks the 36th year of the event that sets the benchmark for polo and fashion in Australasia and features some of the country’s best polo players.

BMW NZ Polo Open Week:
Tuesday February 19 – Saturday February 23
From 10am

BMW NZ Polo Open Finals Day:
Sunday February 24
10am - Midnight