06 June 2017

Becoming a world record holder just got easier, with free travel on all eleven Cityride eke-taone bus routes on Saturday, 17th June thanks to Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

The Giant Haka world record attempt is organised by International Rugby Club with support from Rotorua Lakes Council and is expected to attract up to 7,000 people to Rotorua’s Village Green.  With entertainment from 10:30am and the haka beginning at 12:00pm it’s hoped free public transport will help encourage Rotorua locals and visitors alike to get involved and add their names to the record books. 

A monumental Saturday for the city sees the Giant Haka, the Māori All Blacks taking on the British and Irish Lions at Rotorua International Stadium in the DHL NZ Lions Series 2017, a free family friendly fan zone with big screens at the Energy Events Centre as well as women’s international rugby with Australia versus Canada and New Zealand’s Black Ferns against England.  

With the sheer number of locals, as well as fans from New Zealand and overseas moving around the city it’s important to make sure there are enough travel options, says Bay of Plenty Regional Council Public Transport Committee Chair Lyall Thurston.

“This will be a huge day for Rotorua and by offering free travel all day on all eleven Cityride eke-taone  bus routes we can help make sure the experience is a positive and memorable one by reducing traffic congestion in the city”.

“Rotorua is such a unique place and a world class tourist destination and this is great opportunity to welcome our guests from New Zealand and around the world.  Free public transport is our way of contributing to what will be a fantastic day,” says Mr Thurston.

Timetable and route information is available at www.baybus.co.nz  and smartphone users can track buses live using TrackABus technology on all routes by clicking on the route map.