Game Day - RLWC2017: NZ v Tonga

Key timings

  • Gates open: 3pm
  • Game kicks-off: 5pm


Getting to the venue


Fans can take a free shuttle bus to Waikato Stadium. The free BUSIT buses leave from Hood St outside the Knox St car park. They leave approximately every 10 minutes from an hour before kick-off and travel via Victoria, Ulster and Mill Streets to the stadium. Passengers will be picked up at any official bus stop along the way. Buses depart directly after the final whistle from Tristram Street.

For more information on buses operating throughout the city, visit the BUSIT website.

Walking Routes

There will be a dedicated fan walking route to Waikato Stadium from the CBD. The walking route will be marked out with footpath decals, along with signage created by local school children.

CBD – Waikato Stadium (approximately 20 minutes)

Fans are encouraged to follow the route from Hood Street, heading along Victoria Street, Bryce Street and onto Tristram Street. 

BUSLINE (237 5463).

Car Parking
There is limited controlled public parking adjacent to the venue, however, as there will be large numbers of pedestrians on these roads we recommend avoid all roads near the rugby ground on game days. For all major events Whitiora & Maeroa School offer paid, secured parking.

Taxi pick-ups and drop-offs are possible outside the Waikato Stadium road closure area. There are a range of taxi companies in Hamilton including:

Red Cabs Ltd 07 839 0500
Hamilton Taxis 0800 477 477
Waikato Cabs Limited 07 855 7676


Arrive early

The safety and security of fans is the highest priority for the RLWC. All patrons will need to pass through several security screening measures before entering the venue, please allow extra time to get in to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.


Finding the right gate

Access to the ground is via your gate number which is printed on your ticket.

- Gate 1 & 4c: Tristram Street
- Gate 2 & 3: Seddon Road
- Gate 4, 4a & 4b: Willoughby Street

Click here for a gate map of the venue.

To ensure an enjoyable entry experience please allow plenty of time to find your gate and complete security screening. 


Food, beverage & merchandise

Bring cash for food, beverage and merchandise.

A number of food and beverage outlets are available at Waikato Stadium on game days, they sell a range of hot and cold foods and snacks, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage and coffees.


Conditions of entry

We want your event experience at FMG Stadium Waikato to be safe and enjoyable. The Conditions of Entry tell you what you can bring into the venue or need to leave at home, what behaviour is and isn’t acceptable and what the consequences are if you fail to follow these conditions of entry.

Conditions of Entry

Please note: FMG Stadium Waikato is a smoke free venue.