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Published: 2013-07-26 00:00:00

Free shuttle buses will be operating for Hamilton’s semi-final battle between the Chiefs and Crusaders at Waikato Stadium this weekend.

Waikato Regional Council has been working closely with contractors Go Bus, as well as the Chiefs and Hamilton City Council to provide free shuttles to and from matches during the Super Rugby season. 

Regional council’s BUSIT service delivery manager Ben Barlow said the free shuttle services from Hood Street to the stadium have been popular with rugby revellers. 

“We’ve had more than 1800 rugby supporters who’ve been in good spirits boarding our buses for the Chiefs’ home games throughout the season,” he said. 

“For this Saturday’s semi-final we’re encouraging people who intend using public transport to get into the city and to the game to plan their trip using our online journey planner to ensure they arrive in plenty of time,” Mr Barlow said. 

The rugby shuttle travels from Hood Street to Knox, Victoria, Ulster, Abbotsford and Anglesea streets in a loop from 6pm until kick-off and for one hour after the match. People can expect a bus about every 10 minutes. 

“Our Night Rider bus will also operate until 3 am on Sunday, providing people who will hopefully be celebrating a Chiefs win a safe and affordable way of getting home,” he said. 

For more information about BUSIT services, or to plan your bus trip, visit