VIEW FROM THE TOP
29 October – 1 November 2017
SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND CITY AND SURROUNDS
Welcome to New Zealand, Nau mai haere ki Aotearoa.
Auckland’s sub-tropical climate, sparkling blue waters and lush green hills is a natural paradise. Yet it’s also one of the great cities of the Pacific and a bustling centre of events, arts and culture.
Auckland is full of surprises. It boasts three magnificent natural harbours and the vantage points of 50 volcanic cones. Its attractions were such that Māori called this land Tāmaki Makau Rau – ‘the maiden with a hundred lovers’
Explore Auckland and its surrounds
Get out on the water with a cruise on a classic yacht or launch. You can experience the thrill of sailing on a former America’s Cup racing yacht or hire a kayak to meet the local marine mammals on an evening paddle to Rangitoto Island.
If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, a drive out to the wild, west coast is the ideal choice. Discover the area’s pristine native bush, coastal rainforest and rugged black sand beaches on foot or on the back of a 4WD quad bike. Other options include surfing or exploring the vast gannet colony at Muriwai Beach.
For a touch of history and stunning views, visit Devonport, a 12-minute ferry ride across the harbour. Wander around the art galleries, book shops and cafés of old Devonport or take a walk or Segway tour to the top of Mt Victoria and North Head. The volcanic cones offer stunning 360-degree views from the city to the Hauraki Gulf islands.
A visit to Auckland wouldn’t be complete without some shopping. Indulge yourself at top designer stores with international and local labels in Newmarket or discover the funky fashion stores and chic cafés and bars in Auckland’s Britomart precinct and High Street.
One hour north of Auckland you’ll find an area devoted to producing great food and wine. With its riverside walkway, outdoor cafés and charming shops, Matakana is a great destination to explore.
Drop into one of the many vineyards around the area for an outstanding lunch or, if it’s a Saturday, visit the Matakana Village Farmer’s Market. If it’s wildlife you’re after, explore the wonders that lie below the water’s surface at Goat Island Marine Reserve.
Depart Auckland city on a high-speed ferry and Waiheke Island is only 35 minutes away.
Waiheke Island is a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Sample award-winning wines in the beautiful vineyards, taste delicious local produce, visit the local artisans’ studios or simply relax on a golden sand beach. Lunch at one of the many vineyards on the island is a must-do; take in the panoramic sea views at Mudbrick, Te Whau and Cable Bay or enjoy a glass of legendary Larose at Stonyridge.
You can also visit aucklandnz.com for more information about holidays and what to experience in Auckland.
Experience Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ from a unique perspective with a must-do sailing experience from Explore Group. With various options available, you can either get involved as crew on board a genuine America’s Cup race yacht or sit back and relax on a harbour cruise, taking in the sights of Auckland and the sparkling waters of the Waitemata Harbour. No experience required, suitable for all abilities/ages - sailings depart from the Viaduct in central Auckland and can be booked in person at our booking kiosk at the Viaduct or online.
Use discount code: RANZCOG17 for 10% discount.
Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand. A winner of national and international awards for their conservation efforts, wildlife research and innovative exhibits, today the zoo enjoys the reputation as one of the world’s most progressive zoos
A massive park in the suburb of Grafton, Auckland Domain contains more than 75 hectares of land within the crater of the Pukekawa volcano. Attractions in the park include the Auckland War Memorial Museum, cricket grounds and Wintergardens.
Here’s your chance to be Spiderman as you climb aboard Auckland’s Harbour Bridge. In just 90 minutes you’ll traverse the walkways accompanied by a local guide, while Auckland’s incredible sights are showcased below you. Don’t miss this exhilarating experience suitable for all fitness levels. It’s the ultimate high!
Take an underwater journey through the world famous Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE aquarium and discover a diverse collection of aquatic life up close. Kelly Tarlton’s showcases more than 30 live animal exhibits in spectacular habitat displays, including the world’s largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit and amazing underwater viewing tunnels.
Piha is New Zealand’s most famous surf beach. Situated on the west coast, 40 kms from Auckland, this black iron-sand beach has a reputation for its wild surf and rugged beauty. Bring a picnic and set yourself up for the day at this wonderful destination.
Discover New Zealand
While you’re here, we encourage you to take some time pre or post Meeting to discover more of what New Zealand has to offer. Peruse the below links for more information on New Zealand’s amazing sights and delights.
Of course you’ll have plenty of time to see the sights of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, but what about the rest of the Island?
You might like to spend a few days exploring New Zealand’s geothermal centre, Rotorua or perhaps the Bay of Island’s beautiful beaches are more your scene. Whatever takes your fancy, the North Island has something to please everyone.
The Bay of Islands is an area in the Northland Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Located 60 km north-west of Whangarei, it is close to the northern tip of the country.
It is one of the most popular fishing, sailing and tourist destinations in the country, and has been renowned internationally for its big-game fishing since American author Zane Grey publicised it in the 1930s. When you arrive in Paihia, find yourself a cruise or a charter boat and embark on a voyage of discovery around the islands.
The Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations. When you visit it you will see why. A binocular’s view across the gulf from Auckland, it is everything that a big city isn’t. Cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches, it is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed. Activities and attractions are plentiful. You might choose skydiving in Whitianga or a guided sea kayak tour around the coast. You could take a walk in the coolness of the pristine bush – the Coromandel is a walker’s paradise – or simply sit and relax in a warm bubbling pool at Hot Water Beach.
Located in the centre of the North Island along the Waikato River, the lush greenery and mild climate make Hamilton a great destination. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, drive east to Matamata and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, the village created for the movies, or if surfing is more your style, Raglan is the perfect spot for you with one of the longest left hand breaks in the world. For a different underground experience, drive south to the Waitomo Caves where the natural beauty of stalactites and stalagmites lit by the blue light of glowworms will take your breath away; or for those seeking more of an adrenalin rush, the blackwater rafting and abseiling are not to be missed.
The city of Rotorua is surrounded by a fascinating landscape of geothermal activity, freshwater lakes and majestic native forests. Home to the Te Arawa tribe, it’s a region steeped in Māori legend. Whether you want to explore amazing boiling mud pools and steam vents, relax in a natural hot pool or try your hand at trout fishing, Rotorua is the place to do it. Jump aboard the luxury catamaran Tuia for a cruise on breathtaking Lake Rotoiti. Visit the lakeside hot pools, learn to sail or simply lie back and enjoy the lake’s beautiful scenery.
Nestled between a picturesque harbour and forest clad hills, New Zealand’s capital city is one of the country’s most scenic. Wellington’s museums, public galleries and civic spaces give the city an easy-living style. Its boutique shops, chic cafés and restaurants are always busy. The compact city is a pleasure to walk around with a lively waterfront and bays all around the harbour to enjoy. Don’t miss the chance to see some of Wellington’s spectacular sights and take a short drive to the top of Mt Victoria for panoramic views of the city.
Head south and you’ll find plenty to see and do. Two-thirds of the South Island is mountains, with dense rainforest and tumbling rivers caused by the air rising over the Southern Alps.
On the South Island you could hire a car and discover the Marlborough Region, famous for its wine and food, or for the more energetic, head to the West Coast and hike on a Glacier!
There is nowhere else in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally acclaimed wineries and gardens.
Nestled between forested hills at the base of the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin was New Zealand’s largest city in the days of the Otago gold rush. Now a thriving artistic community and student city, Dunedin has preserved its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Encounter some of New Zealand’s rarest birds and majestic native trees in the mystical cloud forest at Orokonui Eco-sanctuary, the largest area of native forest on the South Island mainland. Another great option is a guided tour of the city centre highlighting Dunedin’s unique mix of heritage and modern culture.
The alpine village of Mount Cook, located in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, provides a range of accommodation from an international style hotel to motels, backpackers and camping. The first glimpse of Aoraki Mount Cook across the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki is one that will last you a lifetime. There are 19 peaks in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park over 3,000 metres but at 3,754 metres, Aoraki Mount Cook dwarfs them. If you’re a climber then this is one of the best climbing regions in Australasia however if you’re inclined to less dramatic adventures there’s mountain walks that lead to spectacular glacier views.
Situated on the shores of a glacial lake at the foot of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is the perfect place to find pure inspiration and New Zealand’s adventure capital! Renowned for its scenic beauty, the Queenstown area is also home to some of New Zealand’s finest adventure tourism activities, wineries, and bars and restaurants. Embark on a wine tour through the heart of Central Otago, famous for its Pinot Noir, and also enjoy the fresh and tasty local produce. If adventure is your thing, make sure to visit the Kawarau Bridge – the world’s first commercial bungy jumping site. Take the 43-metre plunge down towards the river below.
Fiordland’s uninhabited inlets are just a short flight or coach journey from Queenstown. Take a day trip to Milford Sound – one of New Zealand’s great natural wonders. Explore the secrets of the wilderness on a relaxing cruise or kayak ride against a backdrop of majestic mountains, tranquil rainforests, and awe inspiring waterfalls. Doubtful Sound is comparable to Milford Sound in beauty, and is famous for its wildlife. Home to rainforest dwelling Fiordland crested penguins, bottlenose dolphins, and fur seals, a visit to Doubtful Sound is a nature lover’s dream.