Your Destination


Why New Zealand?
With scenery that takes your breath away, world-class venues and unique visitor experiences, New Zealand is the perfect location for business events beyond convention. Find out why successful organisations and associations choose New Zealand for their business events.

New Zealand is home to world renowned experts, driving innovation in key industries
Seek inspiration from New Zealand’s spirit of innovation and invention. New Zealanders have taken many ‘firsts’ to the world, from splitting the atom to creating the disposable syringe or developing the jaw dropping bungy jump.

New Zealanders are exceptional hosts
Feel the spirit of manaakitanga—the uniquely New Zealand way of giving and making people feel welcome. Discover a place where friendly people and professional service come together to make every event memorable.

New Zealand is an affordable luxury
Enjoy watching your money go further in New Zealand. New Zealand’s exchange rate is generally favourable against most other currencies. Be spoilt for choice with New Zealand’s wide range of venues, accommodation and activities for every taste and budget.

New Zealand is accessible
Explore gloriously uncrowded, but lively, cities and stunning sceneries. New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan, with a population of just four million people. Relax, getting to New Zealand is easy. It’s only a 9 – 12 hour flight from other countries on the Pacific Rim and is serviced by more than 330 international flights every week. What’s more, passport holders from more than 50 countries do not require a visa for short stays.


What you need to know

Climate
The far north of New Zealand is subtropical whilst the south is more temperate. The warmest months are traditionally December, January and February, and the coolest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum daytime temperatures range between 20 – 30°C and in winter between 10 – 15°C. You can check weather conditions in New Zealand on the New Zealand MetService website: www.metservice.com.

Healthcare
New Zealand’s public and private medical and hospital facilities provide a high standard of treatment and care. Medical services are not free to visitors. It’s recommended you purchase travel and health insurance before you visit. No vaccination certificates are required. There are no snakes or dangerous wild animals in New Zealand

Mobile telephones
Check with your phone company before leaving home about international mobile roam facilities available in New Zealand. Alternatively you can hire or buy mobile phones or SIM cards in New Zealand. Note that signal is not available in all rural areas.

Internet and Wi-Fi access in New Zealand
If you’re looking to stay connected to the internet everywhere you go, it’s recommended that you purchase a plan from one of New Zealand’s main networks. Purchasing a plan from a network will allow you to access a mix of data, calling and texting throughout your trip to suit your communication and connection needs. You will find that free Wi-Fi is available in most hotel accommodation and hospitality outlets.

Money
New Zealand’s currency is the dollar (NZD). You can use all major credit cards in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.

Electricity
New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and we use angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia).


Getting Here is Easy!
New Zealand is approximately a 10 hour direct flight from most places in the Pacific Rim, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, the west coast of the USA and it is only a 3 hour flight for neighbouring pacific islands and the eastern seaboard of Australia. Fly into Auckland and connect to Christchurch (1 hour, 15 mins flight time), or fly directly into Christchurch (your conference destination).

Christchurch Airport is New Zealand’s second largest airport providing a major hub and strategic connection to the world’s trade and tourism markets. It is the gateway to the South Island’s world renowned tourist attractions and spectacular scenery. The new integrated terminal offers a first class airport experience with large passenger lounges, extra seating, improved passenger flows and enhanced retail and cafe areas.