Venue & Location
This year's conference will be held at the Rydges Auckland in New Zealand
Address: 59 Federal Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
Contact: +64 9-375 5900
New Zealand’s premiere Auckland accommodation is a vibrant mix of London sophistication, Sydney cool and New York style. The trademark warm Kiwi hospitality is just an added bonus at Rydges Auckland Hotel! Situated in close proximity to the city centre and a short stroll to the Viaduct Harbour.
Rydges contemporary accommodation provides convenience and comfort for business and leisure travellers alike. The 267 spacious guest rooms feature free WI-FI as well as other modern features and amenities. Many rooms overlook the Sky Tower, while guests in Harbour View rooms enjoy sweeping views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Guests will get a sound night’s sleep on Rydges Dream Beds with plenty of fluffy pillows.
- GETTING THERE
Auckland's international and domestic airport terminals are about 50 minutes from Rydges Auckland Hotel by car or taxi. Regular shuttles, transfers, private transport and bus services are all available 24 hours, seven days a week.
From the airport, hop on the City Express Skybus (every 10 minutes during peak times) and get off at stop 10. The Rydges is a 5-minute walk from this stop. More information about Skybus here.
Taxi and shuttle ranks are located outside the arrivals area at the international terminal and outside the luggage collection area at the domestic terminal. Stop in at the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre in the international terminal for more information about getting to your destination from the airport.
Auckland’s public transport is a great way to get around. It’s easy to travel by train, bus or ferry throughout the inner city and the wider region, with regular routes to most major attractions and the main shopping, dining and entertainment precincts.
Britomart, in downtown Auckland, is the main transport hub and is where many bus and train journeys start and finish. Ferries also arrive and depart from downtown Auckland, just two minutes’ walk from Britomart. A number of bus and train stations and some ferry departure points also have a park and ride facilities – ideal if you’ve got a hire car or you’re staying longer.
Auckland's Link bus services are a convenient and cheap way to get around Auckland’s city centre and inner suburbs – including top shopping and dining spots. They run very frequently, so there’s no timetable, and fares start at just 50 cents. Just look for the red, green or amber buses and wait at a matching bus stop. Find out more.
Find public transport services, maps and timetables at Auckland Transport’s AT journey planner. If you’re staying around Auckland for a while, consider buying an AT HOP card, a pre-pay smart card that can be used across buses, trains and ferries.
Driving in Auckland
With an excellent motorway network, driving is a popular choice for anyone keen to discover more of Auckland and New Zealand. You can legally drive in Auckland and New Zealand for up to 12 months per visit, with either a current driver's licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP). Make sure you have these organised before you arrive in New Zealand – check who can drive and what you’ll need on the NZ Transport Agency website.
Remember: In New Zealand, cars drive on the left-hand side of the road.
Rydges Auckland offers Valet Parking for all guests. Daily charges are NZ$38.00. Guests can valet their car unlimited amounts of time for the one daily flat fee. The maximum height of the car park is 1.9m. Limited spaces are available.
Guests can self-park NZ$30.00 on a per exit basis per 24 hours. The reduced parking tickets require being validated from reception.
- THINGS TO SEE & DO
ENJOY a short ferry ride to Waiheke Island to sample award winning wine and visit an olive estate for a taste of extra virgin olive oil. While you’re there, try clay-bird shooting or archery among the vines with Wild on Waiheke, or go ziplining in stunning native forest with EcoZip Adventures.
EXPLORE the Viaduct Harbour area or go sailing on an America’s Cup yacht with Explore Events. Other options in and around the harbour include boat cruises, bridge climbing, bungy jumping and jet boating. VISIT the 328-metre-high Sky Tower, New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure. Adventurous visitors can ‘SkyWalk’ around the tower’s 192-metre-high walkway or ‘SkyJump’ from it.
EXPERIENCE outstanding shopping in Auckland. Names like Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester, Zambesi and WORLD have gained international acclaim. There’s everything from designer labels and Polynesian markets to shopping malls and more. CLIMB one of the 48 dormant volcanic cones around the Auckland region. Walk to the summit of Mt Eden, which erupted 15,000 years ago, or catch a ferry across the harbour to Auckland’s youngest volcano, Rangitoto, for spectacular views back to the city.
IMMERSE yourself in Auckland’s natural playground. Just 40 minutes drive west of the city centre you’ll discover pristine native bush, coastal rainforest and rugged black sand beaches.
- INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES
Visas and passports
All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that’s valid for at least three months from the date when you intend to leave the country.
Travellers from more than 50 countries do not require a visitor’s visa for stays of less than three months. However, from 1 October 2019, if you are from a visa waiver country you must hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before you travel. You must also pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) at the same time as the NZeTA. Find more information about the NZeTA here.
Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport do not need an NZeTA or visa.
Make sure you check your passport and visa requirements on the New Zealand Immigration Service website when you’re planning your trip.
Weather and Seasons
Auckland’s summer is from December to February, autumn or fall is from March to May, winter is from June to August and spring is from September to November.
The mean daily temperature during January and February is 23 degrees Celsius (74 degrees Fahrenheit), and during July and August, the mean daily maximum is 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit).
Vaccinations are not required to visit New Zealand. The country is disease free and there are strict regulations on bringing animal, plant and food products into the country. Please help us keep the country safe and check customs regulations before you leave home.
Health insurance for overseas travellers
Medical services are not free to visitors, so travel insurance that covers health and medical is strongly recommended.
Tap water in New Zealand is treated, so it’s safe to drink in most places in Auckland, including hotels, motels and restaurants – however check at your accommodation first if you’re not sure.
Our national currency is New Zealand dollars ($) and cents (c). There are five notes ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100) and five coins (10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2).
Check the latest exchange rates and conversions at xe.com or visit one of the currency converters while you’re here. You can change your money at Auckland Airport, Bureau de Change kiosks, and banks in the city centre and other spots across Auckland.
Using your credit card in New Zealand
All major credit cards can be used and money can be changed at banks and Bureau de Change kiosks throughout the country, as well as some hotels.
Tipping is not expected and hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills – however a tip for good service is always appreciated.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
New Zealand has a 15% goods and services tax (GST), which is included in the advertised price of goods and services, unless stated. Overseas visitors cannot claim this back. Some stores may waive GST if you show onward or return air tickets, or when international shipment of goods is arranged.
Other travel tips and information
Shop hours in Auckland
Standard shopping hours from Monday to Friday are usually from 9am to 5pm. Many shopping centres/malls are open slightly longer hours and may be also open late on Thursday and Friday to around 9pm. On Saturday and Sunday, most malls are open normal shopping hours.
There are 24-hour convenience stores, service stations (petrol/gas stations) and supermarkets in the central city, as well as some of the larger suburbs.
Mobile phone network
New Zealand operates on a 900 or 1800 MHz network, as do most countries except Canada and the United States. Mobile phones from these countries won’t operate in New Zealand – you can buy or rent a compatible phone or SIM card on arrival.
You can find some free Wi-Fi spots in central Auckland and some cafés also offer free Wi-Fi for customers. A number of accommodation providers offer free Wi-Fi access; check when you book your room.
New Zealand's electricity supply runs at 230 volts/50 Hertz, and we use angled two or three pin plugs in a three-pin socket – the same as Australia and some parts of Asia. You can bring an adaptor with you or buy one for a small cost from an electrical store or at the airport when you arrive.
Luggage storage is available at:
- the Harbour Information desk at the ferry terminal in downtown Auckland on Quay Street
- the Intercity Coach Terminal at 102 Hobson Street
- the international terminal at Auckland International Airport (longer-term storage).
It’s illegal to smoke in many indoor spaces in New Zealand, including restaurants, bars, cinemas and on public transport. However, many pubs and bars have separate outdoor areas where you can smoke. You must be 18 years or older to buy cigarettes.