The Chiefs will begin their quest for a third straight title when the defending champions open their 2014 Super Rugby campaign by renewing their rivalry with the Crusaders in Christchurch.
Dave Rennie's troops return to play their home opener in Hamilton against the Highlanders in round three before enjoying their first bye of the year, and then embark on their trip to South Africa very early in the season with matches against Bulls an Cheetahs but not before bypassing Perth to play the Force.
Missing from the Chiefs schedule next season are fixtures against the Reds and Sharks although fans will get to see a replay of this year's final when they travel to Canberra to take on the Brumbies in round 11.
Hamilton's Waikato Stadium will play host to six of the eight home games with venues for two home games yet to be confirmed.
The Super Rugby playoffs will begin on July 18, culminating with the final that will be contested on August 2.
Chiefs 2014 Super Rugby fixtures
Round 2: Crusaders, Christchurch, Fri Feb 21
Round 3: Highlanders, Hamilton, Sat Mar 1
Round 5: Stormers, Hamilton, Fri Mar 14
Round 6: Force, Perth, Sun Mar 23
Round 7: Bulls, Pretoria, Sun Mar 30
Round 8: Cheetahs, Bloemfontein, Sun Apr 6
Round 9: Rebels, Hamilton, Sat Apr 12
Round 10: Crusaders, Hamilton, Apr 19
Round 11: Brumbies, Canberra, Fri Apr 25
Round 12: Lions, Hamilton, Sat May 3
Round 13: Blues, TBC, Fri May 9
Round 15: Hurricanes, TBC, Sat May 24
Round 16: Waratahs, TBC, Sat May 31
Round 17: Highlanders, Dunedin, Fri June 27
Round 18: Hurricanes, Hamilton, Fri July 4
Round 19: Blues, Auckland, Fri July 11
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