Pre & Post-Congress Travel
Most international flights arrive and depart from Auckland or Christchurch. Some international flights arrive in Wellington via Australia. Flights from Christchurch to Auckland take approximately one and half hours and flights from Wellington take approximately one hour.
If arriving in Christchurch or Wellington you may decide to travel overland by self-drive rental car, ferry, bus or train and enjoy New Zealand on your way.
Whilst in New Zealand enjoy:
- the cosmopolitan kiwi culture (from Maori, Pacific Islanders to European and Asian cultures),
- magnificent scenery from glaciers to tropical rain forests
- hot springs and geysers
- bungy jumping and canoeing
- beautiful white sand beaches and snorkeling
- some of the world’s best wineries, golf courses, and fishing spots
- whale and dolphin watching
- searching for the elusive kiwi (bird)
- Meeting Hobbits, Wizards, Elves and escaping from Orcs – no wonder Lord of the Rings was filmed here!
- The home of the All Blacks – World Cup Winner 2011
- the New Zealand summer
Two great websites are www.newzealand.com and www.tourism.net.nz for comprehensive listings of tours, attractions and general visitor information including visa requirements, the weather and images of New Zealand.
Welcome to Auckland
Auckland’s waterside location has fostered the locals’ love affair with the sea, earning this place the nickname “City of Sails”.
Auckland sprawls over a narrow isthmus between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours and is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies of water.
A cloak of rainforest covers the surrounding hills, dozens of dormant volcanic cones dot the landscape and enchanting holiday islands are scattered throughout the vast Hauraki Gulf. Two of the best island getaways are Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island.
With it’s warm-temperate climate; warm, humid summers; and mild, damp winters, Auckland is the warmest main centre of New Zealand and is also one of the sunniest.
For more about Auckland and what’s on go to www.aucklandnz.com
Getting to New Zealand
Your travel agent will be able to arrange the best flights for you or use a travel site such as FareCompare.com to select and book your flights.
Travel Visas and Travel Insurance
New Zealand requires entry visas from most countries. For details and application forms please go to http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/visitors/
All delegates and guests are recommended to purchase travel insurance prior to departure from their own country, please contact your travel agent.