The blue line and buses part of New Plymouth's All Blacks preparations
15 May 2013 getty
“These bus services were very popular for previous All Black matches and the Rugby World Cup games at Yarrow Stadium – up to 25 per cent of rugby fans left their cars behind and jumped on a bus instead,” says Manager Venues Nelita Byrne.
“Because of that popularity, we’re bringing them back for the June test to help people get to the game.
“There is limited parking around Yarrow Stadium and with a sellout crowd expected, these bus services will make it easy for locals and visitors to get to and from the game without having to worry about driving or parking.”
Fans can also choose to walk from the central city to the stadium, following the blue line that was introduced for the Rugby World Cup 2011.
“We’re bringing back the blue line, though this year it starts at the clock tower. Our event volunteers will be stationed along the route to ensure everyone makes it to the stadium,” says Ms Byrne.
On match day, all Council car parks in the CBD will be free from 5pm and will be open for 24 hours. Centre City is also making its car parking building free after 5pm but this car park will be locked at midnight.
The city shuttle buses will cost a gold coin per person each way. They will leave regularly from the Bus Centre on Ariki Street from 5.15pm, with post-match shuttle buses leaving from Tukapa Street (near gates one and four) until all passengers are cleared.
The district buses will have pick-ups from Hawera, Eltham, Opunake, Okato, Oakura, Stratford, Inglewood, Egmont Village, Urenui, Waitara and Bell Block. Bookings are essential as seats are limited. The deadline for bookings is Friday 7 June (unless sold out prior), and ticket information for each town is provided below.
District bus services
All prices are for a return trip. Under-fives travel free. Children are 15 years and under. Families are up to two adults and up to two children.
Hawera: Pick-up outside the TSB Hub on Camberwell Road. Adults $16, children $10, families $32. Buy tickets at the South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Centre.
Eltham: Pick-up outside Stanners Motors. Adults $14, children $8, families $28. Buy tickets from Eltham Library Plus.
Opunake: Pick-up outside the Sandford Event Centre. Adults $15, children $9, families $30. Buy tickets at from Opunake Library.
Okato: Pick-up outside Okato Library. Adults $10, children $6, families $20. Buy tickets from Oakura or Opunake libraries.
Oakura: Pick-ups on Tasman Parade Circle and opposite Butlers Reef. Adults $7, children $4, families $14. Buy tickets from Oakura Library or Oakura Beach Camp.
Stratford: Pick-up outside the War Memorial Hall. Adults $10, children $6, families $20. Buy tickets from the Stratford i-SITE.
Inglewood: Pick-up on the main road opposite the old railyard. Adults $7.50, children $5, families $15. Buy tickets from the Inglewood Library and Service Centre.
Egmont Village: Pick-up outside the dairy/post office. Adults $6, children $4, families $12. Buy tickets from the Inglewood Library and Service Centre.
Urenui: Pick-up outside Urenui School. Adults $10, children $6, families $20. Buy tickets from Urenui Library or the Waitara Library and Service Centre.
Waitara: Pick-up on McClean Street opposite the Waitara Memorial Hall. Adults $7.50, children $5, families $15. Buy tickets from the Waitara Library and Service Centre.
Bell Block: Pick-up outside Parklands Supermarket and the bus stop on Nugent Street. Adults $5, children $3, families $10. Buy tickets from the Bell Block Library and Service Centre.
All match-related information, including road closures, conditions of entry and transport, is online at taranaki.info/rugby.
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