Host City

Auckland City, New Zealand

A world-class event demands a world-class destination. And Auckland has it all. A dynamic, multicultural
city set in a natural paradise – it has a lifestyle rated among the world’s very best.

Auckland is one of the great cities of the Pacific Rim, home to 1.4 million people and buzzing with  excitement.  The city abounds with modern shopping areas and a myriad of quality cafés and restaurants. Yet its setting is a natural paradise. With three sparkling harbours, native forests, dormant  volcanoes and stunning beaches, Auckland is a jewel. Auckland is more than a city. It’s a whole region full of things to see and do.  From the tranquil waters and emerald islands of the Hauraki Gulf, to the urban sophistication of downtown, the sheer diversity of the place means you can engage in any manner of adventures. 

 

 

So as a destination for any kind of business event, Auckland has few parallels. There’s every kind of venue you could imagine, for business or pleasure, and a list of activities and events to enjoy that defies imagination.

Any interest, any season; your delegates will be thrilled with what Auckland has to offer. The shopping is world-class and the outdoor world and nature adventures are close at hand. Gourmet cuisine, vineyards, live entertainment, top sports events, theatre, outstanding sights and attractions - Auckland is home to
them all.

 

 

Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world, with a vibrant, dynamic mix of Pacific cultures. These cultures and others from around the globe blend harmoniously in this cosmopolitan city. 

Auckland’s lure to visitors is reflected in the name it was given by early Māori – Tāmaki Makau Rau – the maiden desired by one hundred lovers. 

Auckland has the people and the places to make your conference experience not only magical, but memorable.

Sightseeing

Auckland isn’t easily defined by a single experience because it has such astonishing variety on offer. And it’s all so accessible. Within half an hour of standing on a bustling city street you could be exploring an island vineyard, canyoning in the middle of the rainforest, or dolphin watching on the Hauraki Gulf. Whatever you’re looking for – Auckland is sure to deliver.

Enjoy leisure time in this beautiful region or book onto an organised tour as part of your conference. This is just a taste of what’s on offer:

Arts

Outstanding art is on show at the city’s numerous public and private art galleries. The newly renovated Auckland Art Gallery is home to local historic and contemporary art and outstanding works by Māori and Pacific Island artists.

Parnell Village, five minutes east of the city, has charming boutiques and art galleries featuring New Zealand works, while artist communities on Waiheke Island and in rural Auckland  showcase a range of art in local galleries.

Shopping

Auckland has a stylish heart at its centre and is home to many fashion boutiques and designer stores.

In the central city High Street and the Chancery are top shopping spots. You’ll find original art and fashion interwoven in the colonial style of Parnell Village.

Ponsonby Road is an eclectic mix of hip cafes, galleries and lifestyle stores, while Broadway in Newmarket
boasts top international brands.

On the water

Auckland is a water lovers’ paradise and the ideal location to get intimate with the ocean. The Hauraki Gulf  is home to over a million hectares of sheltered water and close to 50 islands.

Choose to charter a boat, hire a kayak, relax on a coffee cruise or race around the harbour on a high-speed jet boat. Or enjoy the unique opportunity to sail or match race on an ex-America’s Cup yacht.

Adventure aplenty

The greatest thing about Auckland’s extraordinary variety is there’s an adventure to suit everyone. You can bungy jump off the harbour bridge, go canyoning in the wild-west coast rainforest, heli-fish on a distant Hauraki Gulf island or quad bike through a pine forest.

Walking lovers can tramp through native rainforest or along spectacular coastal paths in Auckland’s regional parks. Other options include riding a scooter on Waiheke Island, or horse riding along a deserted white sand beach.

Food and wine

Surrounded by fertile land and rich waters, Auckland has always had great produce on its doorstep. More recently its had more than its fair share of innovative chefs, producers and winemakers.

For the food and wine lover, Auckland is a paradise. From degustation delights to seafood restaurants, and ethnic fusion, it’s all here. Auckland is surrounded by wine regions with more than eighty vineyards
within 20 kilometres of the central city.

Sample some of the best drops on a wine tour, excite the taste buds on a food tour or enjoy great local produce at the Auckland Fish Market or one of the regions many farmers’ markets.

Walking

Learn about Auckland’s cultural history on a Tamaki Hikoi – a guided walk through Auckland’s magnificent
volcanic landscape.

Take a walking tour of the central city, or head across the harbour to climb Auckland’s youngest volcanic cone of Rangitoto Island. The magnificent 360 degree views from the summit are well worth the effort