13th ITS Asia Pacific Forum Programme

Pre/Post Conference Tour

To enquire please contact EJ Westein at Event Dynamics 64 9 520 9198 or email: ej@eventdynamics.co.nz

Where else in the world can you be snorkelling in crystal-clear waters mid-morning, and skiing powdery snow just a few hours later? Or exploring deep into stunningly rugged rainforest one hour and sailing on an America’s Cup yacht in a glorious harbour setting the next?

All of this natural beauty, unspoilt by the equally impressive cosmopolitan flavour, together with the fact that travelling here is extremely cost-effective, makes New Zealand the perfect place for business and pure pleasure. Precious, diverse New Zealand is just waiting to be discovered – and the journey is an experience you will never forget.

Pick parts of the following New Zealand experience itinerary or take the time to enjoy it all.

While in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, enjoy the best in local food and fashion. Spend a half day out on the harbour in one of the America’s Cup yachts or take a guided walk through Auckland’s volcanic landscape.

Travel north across Auckland’s Harbour bridge, along the beautiful Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. On arrival in the Bay of Islands visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Considered to be the birth place of New Zealand as a bicultural nation, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are set in an extensive park-like reserve. 

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Learn about the first Maori canoes to New Zealand, the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and visit Te Whare Runanga, a fully carved Maori Meeting House which is representative of all Iwi (regional tribes) in New Zealand.

While in Northland take a stroll amongst 1000-year old kauri trees at Puketi Forest. Pass by golden sand beaches at Whangaroa, Coopers Beach, Cable Bay and Taipa. The departing place for Maori spirits is Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea and mighty Pacific Ocean crash together beneath the Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

Other highlights include Te Paki Quicksand Stream, thrilling sand tobogganing on body boards down
the giant Te Paki Sand Dunes and travelling by coast down the vast Ninety Mile Beach.

Travelling back to Auckland and then south over the Bombay hills, following the Waikato River to  Hamilton, then on via Te Awamutu to Waitomo.  Visit the Waitomo Caves and enjoy the magical boat-ride through the Glow-worm Grotto. Continue on via Lake Karapiro to arrive in Rotorua.

Enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert in the evening. Rotorua is the centre of the geothermal region of New Zealand and is also the main centre for Maori culture. Boiling mud, geysers and silica deposits
surrounding the lake attract visitors from all over the world. Enjoy a thermal tour – visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Rainbow Springs and Farm Show and Lake Rotorua.

Perhaps take a tour to Mt Tarawera or the Buried Village or enjoy a swim at the Polynesian Spa.  Travel to New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington stopping at Taupo on the way. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Taupo, spend a day fly fishing on one of the many rivers or streams in the region or play a round of golf on one at the magnificent Wairakei International Golf Course. 

Arriving in Wellington after a beautiful drive through the Desert road make time to take a guided tour of Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum of New Zealand. While in Wellington also enjoy the dynamic blend of arts, culture, food and wine that the city has to offer. From Wellington you can day trip to
the Wairarapa, a popular rural area and wine region where great food, wine and character  accommodation can be enjoyed amidst a stunning natural environment. Visit the wine village of
Martinborough, with its boutique wineries and vineyards.

Depart Wellington for Picton on the Inter Island ferry. From Picton it is just a short drive to Marlborough, a natural paradise of mist-hazed hills, sheltered waterways and sun-drenched plains
and world-renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc wines and gourmet delights.  From Picton board the Coastal Pacific Train which winds its way along the magnificent East Coast to Christchurch. 

Enjoy Christchurch, New Zealand’s garden city and take a tour around public and private gardens.

Explore the city or experience a horse trek over the hills of Banks Peninsula. From Christchurch travel south across the Canterbury Plains, through farming communities before climbing up to the
high plains of the McKenzie Country, pausing at the Church of the Good Shepherd to view Lake Tekapo. Continue to Mount Cook village nestled under New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt Cook. The mountain overlooks a network of glaciers that feed Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. There are a number of activities including walks, tramps and scenic flights that will enable views of Mt Cook and the glaciers.

From Mt Cook return along the length of Mt Pukaki then head south through Twizel and Omarama to the scenic Lindis Pass. Once over the pass follow the Clutha Valley to its junction with the Kawarau Gorge at Cromwell. Queenstown is reached by following the “gold trail” alongside the winding  Kawarau River.

Queenstown nestles up to the northern shore of Lake Wakatipu from where it commands an  expansive view of the peaks which surround the lake. Take a Milford Sound Day excursion from Queenstown. Drive through the magnificent beech forests of the Eglington and Hollyford Valleys, through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound for a launch excursion on the fiord.

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery including the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak with a full commentary on the natural history of the fiord.  Return to Queenstown via coach or take a flight back on a small plane. 

Alternatively use Queenstown as your base to walk The Milford Track – long been described as “the finest walk in the world”. The Milford Track Guided Walk is a 5 days / 4 nights Queenstown to Queenstown all-inclusive guided walk through the heart of Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound.

The package includes all transport, accommodation, meals, snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. Accommodation is in luxury lodges and you will be led by expert guides. Spend time in Queenstown,  the adventure capital of the world.

Bungy jump, go jet boating, white water rafting, hiking, climbing and horse trekking. Then enjoy a wine tour of one of the best wine regions in New Zealand.

Depart for a full day journey from Queenstown to Franz Josef. During the trip you will traverse Kawarau Gorge, Hawera River and Lake Wanaka. Travel through Haast and continue on to Franz Josef.

View the magnificent Franz Josef glacier then travel to Greymouth on board the scenic Tranz Alpine for a rail journey famous for its spectacular mountain scenery as it traverses the Southern Alps which divide the East and West coasts of the South Island.

Travel across the Canterbury Plains and back to Christchurch.

To enquire please contact EJ Westein at Event Dynamics 64 9 520 9198 or email: ej@eventdynamics.co.nz 

 

Programme Dates

Key Dates

  • 20 December 2013
    Full Paper Submissions Due
  • 28 February 2014
    Early bird registrations close
  • 21 April 2014
    Online Registration Closes
  • 28 April 2014
    Forum open, Aotea Centre, Auckland
  • 30 April 2014
    Forum closes