Also known as the Pulse Energy Highlanders, the Highlanders are one of the biggest teams in club rugby union. Based in Dunedin in the country's Otago province, the Highlanders regularly compete for the Super Rugby championship from their base at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. So, if you love rugby and have some time to spare in New Zealand, check out Highlanders tickets at StubHub.
The Highlanders: Background Information
The Highlanders play their home fixtures in Dunedin, which is located on the south-eastern coast of South Island, around 250 miles south of Christchurch. The city has good flight connections to Sydney and Melbourne via Wellington, so getting there won't be a problem.
The team itself was founded in 1996, at the same time that the Super 12 was created. Bringing together leading teams from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, Super 12 (or Super Rugby as it is now known) has become the world's biggest club rugby tournament. Since 1996, the Highlanders have represented the southern section of South Island, winning a single championship in 2015.
Forsyth Barr Stadium has a capacity of 30,000 and is fairly centrally located. You can walk there from the Octagon (Dunedin's town centre) in 20 minutes, buses are available, and you can park next to the harbour before walking over to the ground.
Some Highlights of the Highlanders' History
Since the creation of the Super 12 in 1996, the Highlanders have been involved in some momentous rugby matches. The pinnacle of their achievements arrived in 2015, when they were finally victorious. Led by Lima Sopoaga, the league's top points scorer, they brushed aside the Hurricanes 21-14 in the final.
Aside from that triumph, the Highlanders qualified for the semi-finals three times in a row during the late 1990s, twice falling just short of reaching the final match. In 1999, they did contest the final, but were just defeated by their rivals the Crusaders in a 24-19 thriller.
Consistent performers in Super Rugby, the team are almost sure of a play-off spot. So, when you purchase Highlanders tickets you can be confident you'll see some of the finest rugby union on offer in the southern hemisphere.
Similar Events to Highlanders Tickets
There's no shortage of alternatives for people who don't like the idea of flying to Dunedin to watch the Highlanders. Other options include Australian rugby union tickets, with Wallabies or NRC tickets on sale. Or, you could have a look at other Super Rugby competitors, like the Sunwolves, who play in Tokyo, Japan.