Heading to Fieldays? There are plenty of ways to get there and get straight to scoping out your favourite exhibitors, whether you're travelling by car, bus, boat or helicopter.
If you are planning to drive, why not organise a carpool with friends and family to reduce vehicle emissions and traffic.
Stay on top of traffic by heading to journeys.nzta.govt.nz/waikato/traffic-dashboard for up-to-date travel times from Waka Kotahi.
Mobility parking will be available through Gate 0 for CCS Mobility Parking Permit holders. Mobility scooters can be hired at Gate 1, but it is recommended you book in advance on 07 8349 982 or www.mobilitycentre.co.nz.
Fieldays has teamed up with Roading Industry Support Services Limited (RISS) to ensure drivers are in the optimal carpark for the direction they need to go at the end of the day.
"If you're heading south towards Cambridge, park in the Blue Carpark; if heading south to Te Awamutu, park in the Yellow Carpark; and if you're travelling up north, please use the Red Carpark," says RISS consultant Joseph Rosendaal.
"This will help you exit the site quicker, as there will be one-way systems in operation to prevent the crossover of vehicles, which creates stop points that slow your exit."
Joseph reminds event-goers to be patient, due to the peak traffic flows being similar to the traffic at the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
"Please be kind. Remember you are one of the 130,000 people expected to attend Fieldays over the four days, and the team you see helping you park are a great bunch of volunteers giving up their time to help you and their chosen charity."
To beat the queues, explore alternative transport options.
By bus, you will be dropped or picked up near the gates, so no need to trudge all the way back to the car with all your shopping! Plus, bus trips are free with a valid 2021 Fieldays ticket.
Catch any Hamilton city or regional bus between Raglan and Huntly to the Hamilton Transport Centre (Platform F), then straight to Fieldays.
There are also free Park 'N Ride services from Hamilton and Cambridge. From The Base in Hamilton, and the BMX club on the corner of Milton St and Lamb St, Cambridge. Remember, face masks are mandatory on public transport.
Or you could take to the skies! Get in touch with Helicorp at helicorp.co.nz for a breezy flight to Fieldays. There is a designated helicopter landing zone beside the Waikato River jetty, located near Gate 7.
Another fun travel option is to get to Fieldays by boat. Enjoy a trip up the river and arrive at the Waikato River jetty located near Gate 7. You can catch the Waikato River Explorer ferries – go to https://www.waikatoexplorer.co.nz/ or if you have a need for speed, get the CamJet jetboat from Narrows Lane. Visit camjet.co.nz for more details or to book.
There are lots of ways for you to get to Fieldays 2021 – so make sure you've got your ticket and have planned your trip, so you can get the most out of your Fieldays experience.
Fieldays is on this week from Wednesday, June 16 to Saturday, June 19. Gates are open 8am to 5pm Wednesday to Friday and 8am to 4pm Saturday.
Fieldays is based on a 114-hectare site at Mystery Creek, 10 minutes from Hamilton and is the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Fieldays draws people from around the globe – both as exhibitors and visitors. Fieldays Online, launched in 2020 as a world-first during COVID-19, attracted 90,455 total visitors and viewers from more than 75 different countries.
Fieldays 2019 saw 128,747 people visit the event, generating $549 million in sales revenue for New Zealand businesses.
Fieldays is run by New Zealand National Fieldays Society, a charitable organisation founded in 1968 for the purpose of advancing the primary industries.
For more information visit www.fieldays.co.nz.