About New Zealand

New Zealand (or Aotearoa as the locals call it) is unique. Whether you're talking about the landscape, wildlife, culture or the people we offer a kind of experience that you cannot get anywhere else in the world.

Our landscapes are considered some of the most diverse in the world, from snowy mountains and rugged bush to golden beaches and crystal clear lakes.

New Zealand is a cultural melting pot. We celebrate our indigenous Maori heritage and have strong ties to our neighbours across the ditch (Australia), the Pacific Islands and Asia. This naturally accepting nature of New Zealanders (or 'Kiwis' as we call ourselves) means we are a pretty laid back and friendly bunch.

Even though we are a tiny little nation of four and half  million people (but 40 million sheep!) our cities have everything that you would expect in other major metropolitan areas such as great restaurants, even better shopping, events, activities and all that other fun stuff.

Find out more about our home at New Zealand's official tourism website.


Click here to view a 5 day suggested travel itinerary

Click here to view a 7 day suggested travel itinerary

 

Currency

New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$).  Coins have values of .10, .20 and .50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ$10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report.

Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres.

All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. Travellers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores.

How much will it cost?

Here is a general guide of what you can expect to pay in New Zealand for a few common items (approx):

  • Hotel breakfast NZ$10- $35
  • Espresso coffee NZ$3.50 - $6.00
  • Cafe lunch NZ$10 - $25
  • Dinner (three-course, no wine) NZ$20 - $50.

 

Travel to New Zealand

Estimated Flight Times:

Eastern Australia   3.5 hours  
Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo     10 hours
United States (West Coast)   12 hours
United States (East Coast)   19 hours
Dubai   19 hours
London, Amsterdam, Paris   25 hours

Air New Zealand is New Zealand's national carrier and has many scheduled services into Auckland, the international gateway  to New Zealand. To view schedules, please visit: www.airnewzealand.co.nz

Other airlines that service Auckland:

Aerolineas Argentinas, Aircalin, Air Canada*, Air Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Vanuatu, American Airlines*, Asiana Airlines, British Airways*, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, EVA Air*, Japan Airlines*, Korean Air, Lan Chile, Lufthansa Airlines*, Malaysia Airlines,Mexicana Airlines*, Polynesian Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Tongan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, United Airlines*

*code share

 

Passports and Visas

For information on requirements for traveling to New Zealand please visit www.immigration.govt.nz or talk to your local travel agent.

All visitors to New Zealand must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand.

Citizens of some countries must obtain a Visitor's Visa. Visa information and the visa application form are available on: www.immigration.govt.nz.

If you require a Visitor's Visa, please allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing.

If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you do not need to apply for a visa to visit New Zealand but you must:

  • Hold a valid ticket from New Zealand to a country where you have the right of entry
  • Have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand
  • Hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you intend leaving New Zealand
  • Remain in New Zealand only for the time granted on your arrival

 

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.

 

Time Zone

Refer to this handy time zone converter to check the local time in New Zealand.

 

Electricity / Voltage

New Zealand electricity runs at 230/240 volts (50 hertz). Many accommodation options also have 110 volt AC sockets for use with electric razors.  Power sockets only accept flat three-pin (with earth connection) or two-pin plugs.

Most foreign electrical equipment will require an adapter/converter - these are available at visitor information centres, tourist shops, appliance stores.

 

Exchange rates

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand provides a monthly online summary www.rbnz.govt.nz of the New Zealand Dollar's average value against the US Dollar, the Pound, the Australian Dollar, the Yen and the Euro.  Refer to the currency converter supplied on the 'registration page.

 

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to travelling to New Zealand. The policy should include loss of fees/deposits through cancellation of your participation in the symposium, or through cancellation of the symposium itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the Organising Committee or the symposium organisers take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in relation to this matter.

 

Language

English is the official language of the Symposium.

 

Tipping

New Zealanders do not expect tips for normal service – even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for special service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.

 

Special Requirements

Please give details of any special diet or disability assistance required for yourself or partner on the registration site.

 

Dress Code

The Symposium dress code is Smart Casual.

 

Smartphone App

The free Essential New Zealand travel app from Tourism New Zealand is available from the App Store and Google play. Make the most of your stay without the need for an internet connection.

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