Sort­ing your ride to Fiel­d­ays

Waipa Post - - The Country - BY CAITLAN JOHN­STON

Fiel­d­ays is right around the cor­ner so it might pay to plan ahead and de­cide how you’re get­ting there. There are plenty of op­tions avail­able which means you don’t have to sit in traf­fic.

Each year the agri­cul­ture event at­tracts hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple from all over the world.

This re­sults in mass amounts of con­ges­tion on the roads to and from the event at Mys­tery Creek.

If you are head­ing to the event from Te Awa­mutu you can catch the Te Awa­mutu bus into Hamil­ton and then the Fiel­d­ays bus to the event from the trans­port cen­tre.

You’ll be able to catch both buses to and from the event for free if you show your Fiel­d­ays ticket to the driver. The Fiel­d­ays bus from Hamil­ton runs ev­ery 30 min­utes be­tween 8am and 11am and will com­mence again for the re­turn jour­ney be­tween 1pm and 5pm.

An al­ter­na­tive op­tion is to drive to The Base in Hamil­ton or Cam­bridge’s BMX club on Mil­ton St where Fiel­d­ays has set up park ‘n’ ride bays.

Buses will be go­ing di­rectly to the event from th­ese two lo­ca­tions ev­ery half an hour and you’ll be able to ride for free with your Fiel­d­ays ticket.

Te Awa­mutu does not have a sim­i­lar sys­tem in place yet, but Fiel­d­ays said it is look­ing to pro­vide the op­tion to other ar­eas in the fu­ture.

If you live in Cam­bridge you can also hop on the Cam­bridge to Hamil­ton bus for free and go into the trans­port cen­tre to catch a Fiel­d­ays bus there.

Cam­bridge is for­tu­nate to have the park ‘n’ ride op­tion avail­able af­ter the ini­tia­tive was de­clined by Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil.

How­ever, Fiel­d­ays de­cided to fund it to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive op­tions and re­duce con­ges­tion on the roads.

If you haven’t got your Fiel­d­ays tick­ets yet, head down to your lo­cal i-Site. If you buy from the cen­tres you’ll save money by not hav­ing to pay any book­ing fees and you’ll also be sup­port­ing the cen­tres, as tick­ets sales are their big­gest fundraiser of the year. If you pop into Te Awa­mutu i-Site, check out the re­stored McCormich Fair­way 12 trac­tor (pic­tured) owned by Alan Wal­lace.

■ Fiel­d­ays tick­ets are $30 for adults and $15 for chil­dren. For more in­for­ma­tion on the buses and park ‘n’ ride visit your lo­cal i-Site or www.fiel­d­­i­tor-info/

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