Discover New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand, Nau mai haere ki Aotearoa.

Located approximately 1,500km east of Australia, New Zealand is a country renowned for its natural beauty and friendly locals.

Comprising of two main landmasses (commonly called the North Island and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands; the country offers some of the worlds’ most spectacular landscapes from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and for those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes. Take a few days pre or post Conference to discover New Zealand for yourself.

For further information please visit www.newzealand.com

North Island

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Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and main transport hub. The region is home to some 1.5 million people and is also the largest Polynesian city in the world. Picture a city with a sunny climate where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. ​Wherever you go in Auckland, you’ll find something special – it’s a whole region waiting to be explored. The city centre’s world-class shopping, restaurants, bars and galleries are encircled by wine regions, stunning beaches, pristine rainforest and the magnificent Hauraki Gulf.

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Taupo/Rotorua

Located in the centre of the North Island is the stunning Rotorua – Taupo region. Sitting squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire, this region has one of the worlds most lively fields of geothermal activity, making it New Zealand’s premier destination for geysers and hot springs. Be sure to visit the Wai o Tapu thermal wonderland where you can see boiling mud pools and watch spectacular Geysers shooting steam some 20 metres high in the air.

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Wellington

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. Affectionately referred to as ‘The Windy City’, it is built on the foreshore of a stunning harbour and ringed by mountains, providing the scenic home to many of New Zealand’s national arts and cultural attractions. Ride the historic Cable Car up to the lookout to explore the Botanic Gardens, Cable Car Museum and Carter Observatory or visit the innovative and interactive Te Papa Museum on the Wellington Waterfront, where you’ll also find a beautifully walkable public space, dotted with cafes, parks, sculpture, bars and ice cream vendors. Take a bush walk, or drive up Mount Victoria and enjoy the panoramic 360-degree views from the top where you can watch the ferries sailing in and the planes taking off. Make sure you don’t miss Weta Cave, a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the imagination and artistry behind some of the world’s most spectacular movies such as Lord of the Rings.

 

South Island

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Nelson

A mild sunny climate year round and magnificent landscape from alpine lakes, and raging rivers, to wide sandy coastlines provide a backdrop for leisurely adventure from kayaking to walking to skiing, to enjoying one of the region’s many beaches. Nelson is a vibrant coastal town full of bustling cafes, charming boutiques and funky art galleries, waiting to be leisurely explored. Port Nelson is the largest fishing port in Australasia. Fresh fish, scallops, clams and mussels feature on the menus of creative chefs. Nelson winemakers are renowned for aromatic varieties – a perfect match for seafood. Or enjoy a cold ale at the end of day exploring – craft brewers are a plenty with serious pubs and breweries aplenty. Explorers cant miss the Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand’s only coastal national park – and its golden sandy beaches and clear turquoise water. The sheltered bays are popular for cruising, sailing and sea kayaking. On land, the Abel Tasman Coast Track follows the coastline through lush native bush, over limestone cliffs and along golden sandy beaches. 

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Christchurch

Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city and is bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand’s South Island. There is nowhere else in the world where, within 2 hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, bungy jump, hike, mountain bike, raft, swim, surf, golf, see whales, dolphins and seals, visit wineries and gardens, hot-air balloon, wind-surf and go shopping. This reimagined city has so much to offer! Visit the transitional Cardboard Cathedral; the triangular window design includes 49 panels and incorporates images from ChristChurch Cathedral’s original rose window or shop until you drop and the Re:START shopping precinct; a unique outdoor retail space consisting of temporary buildings made from shipping containers.

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Queenstown

Situated on the shores of a glacial lake at the foot of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is the perfect place to find pure inspiration and New Zealand’s Adventure Capital! Renowned for its scenic beauty, the Queenstown area is also home to some of New Zealand’s finest adventure tourism activities, wineries, and bars and restaurants. Embark on a wine tour through the heart of Central Otago, famous for it’s Pinot Noir, and also enjoy the fresh and tasty local produce. If adventure is your thing, make sure to visit the Kawarau Bridge – the world’s first commercial bungy jumping site. Take the 43-metre plunge down towards the river below.