Hurricanes vs. Blues

Saturday 9th February 2019

It’s been a long time between drinks, but we’re chuffed that the Hurricanes are returning to Mangatainoka on Saturday 9th February 2019 to tackle the Blues in a one-of-a-kind Pre-Season game that we're calling The Battle At The Brewery.


If you've been before, you’ll know that this is grassroots rugby at its best. It's where professional footy collides with rural town community spirit for an entertaining day of pre-season Super Rugby, in what is usually a grazing paddock across the road from the Tui Tower.

The biggest day on this rugby nations’ social calendar is expected to sell out quickly, with an anticipated 5,000 punters packed into the grounds. It’s going to be epic, and we can’t wait. Secure your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Gameday Information

12.30pm Gates Open
1.00pm Pre-match entertainment
3.00pm Hurricanes vs. Blues
5.20pm GA area closes
5.45pm After match speeches and band
(At Tui Brewery Tent Village for VIPs)
7.00pm Tui Brewery Tent Village closes for VIPs


Ticket Sales

Buy Tickets

As usual, Tui has all your ticket options covered. From a VIP ticket with all the bells and whistles, supporters packs with awesome Tui merch, through to GA and kids tickets, there are options aplenty. There will be no gate sales, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly, so don't muck around.

VIP Corporate Package $140

  • Gate entry
  • VIP Tui Tent Village access
  • Gourmet BBQ lunch
  • 2 Tui Beers
  • Tui cap
  • A few more surprises

Supporters Pack $100

  • GA ticket
  • Unallocated grandstand seating
  • Tui Mohawk Beanie
  • Tui Travel Bag
  • Tui T-Shirt
  • Free Brewery Tour*
  • 2 for 1 pizza’s at Tui Brewery*
  • A few more extras

General Admission Adult $50

  • Gate entry
  • Unallocated grandstand seating
  • Free Brewery Tour*
  • 2 for 1 pizza’s at Tui Brewery*
  • A few more surprises

General Admission Child $20
(0-12 years)

  • Gate entry
  • Access to ‘Rugby Kidzone’
  • Unallocated grandstand seating


All ticket options are available here or you can grab them from Tui Brewery at Mangatainoka.

*Free Brewery Tour and 2 for 1 pizzas cannot be redeemed on game day for obvious reasons.

GA tickets also available from the following Norwood Farm Machinery Stores: Masterton, Palmerston North, Hastings

Terms and Conditions apply.

Mainline Steam Tranzit Tours

For bus and ticket packages, including buses that depart later if you’ve got a VIP ticket. See For train and ticket packages from Wellington see

Mainline SteamTranzit Tours

Battle At The Brewery Fancy Dress Competition

Terms and Conditions

Only those with a ticket to the Hurricanes vs. Blues game on 9 February 2019 will be eligible to enter.

You must be over 18 years to be eligible.

Winner (s) will be selected on the day by our mystery crowd spotters, their decision is final (bribes will not be accepted).

Prize winner(s) will be announced in the 2nd half time break; Contestants must be present to receive the prize.

Competition is open to groups or individuals.

Prize winners cannot be employees of DB or Tui or their immediate families.

Birthday suits are not appropriate. Inappropriate or offensive outfits could result in you not being granted access to the grounds.

Prize is for 1 x $500 Tui Brewery voucher. Voucher can only be redeemed at Tui Brewery, 5 Mere St Mangatainoka.

Win a 43" Panasonic Smart TV

Thanks to Panasonic, our half time sponsor, you could win a massive Panasonic 43” Smart LED TV.

To enter, simply register at by 12pm on Friday 8 February 2019. You’ll go in the draw to have your moment of glory, kicking for goal at half time! You slot one over the sticks in front of the Toki home crowd and the TV is yours!

History of the Game

We originally came up with the idea to turn a local paddock into a rugby pitch back in 2010. Everyone thought we were mad. We gathered up a terrific team of volunteers from the local community, got to work transforming a farm paddock into a rugby ground, and the rest is history!


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Tui Tips

Download the match programme - This year we’ll have a digital program available. Visit on match day to download your copy.

Be sun smart - We’ll have sunscreen stands near the entrance, but it’s a good idea to slip, slop, slap before you leave the house.

Bags will be checked - so don’t be a silly buggar and try to bring any alcohol with you. This is not a BYO event

Dress up - We’ll be giving out prizes for the best dressed, so get creative with your match day uniform. Dust off those yellow tutus or start working on a Captain Hurricane papier-mâché head?

Don’t be a bloody idiot. No drink driving! Nominate your sober driver before arriving or book a spot on a Tranzit bus. We’re proud to work closely with local Police to ensure we deliver a safe event. As part of this, you can expect there to be breath testing check-points for vehicles leaving the venue. Tranzit are organising buses from Masterton and Palmerston North, including later departures for those with VIP tickets. So visit to book yourself a seat.

Cash is King - Both the bars and food outlets will be cash only. While we will have cash withdrawal facilities at the ground, save yourself the hassle and get some cash out before arriving.

Gates open at 12.30 sharp

Car parking is available in paddocks/fields around the ground – they are clearly sign posted. Payment will go to support local charities. ONLY coaches will be able to park in the Tui Brewery grounds

Merchandise - Tui HQ is open until 1pm (the team want to attend the rugby game too!), so if you want something from the shop, come early. Or order now and get it sent to you –

Eating isn’t cheating – Make sure you tuck into the tucker. A great range of food is available at the ground – supplied by local community groups

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