In May, temperatures in Auckland range from approximately 10–20°C.
New Zealand has a very strict policy on food being bought into the country. Customs will xray all luggage on arrival and any food that is found, you will be charged for. Please ensure you dispose of the food before entering the customs area of the New Zealand International Airport. Please also ensure that you have removed all dirt from golf shoes or other outdoor footwear as these will also be screened at Customs.
Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240 volts (50 hertz), although most hotels and motels provide 110 volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors/hairdryers only. Australian power plugs are able to be used in New Zealand electricity outlets.
Health and medical insurance
We strongly advise you to arrange your own health insurance. New Zealand's public and private medical/hospital facilities provide a high standard of treatment and service but it is important to note these services are not free to visitors, except as a result of an accident. Visitors bringing in a quantity of medication are advised to carry a doctor's certificate to avoid possible problems with New Zealand Customs. Doctor's prescriptions are needed to obtain certain drugs in New Zealand.
Sim cards are available at many outlets to use in your mobile phone in New Zealand.
Shopping and dining
Auckland is a shopaholic's paradise, with everything from top-end designers to open air street markets. While you're here, enjoy the city's diverse cafes, restaurants and nighlife. Favourite downtown spots include Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour and the Britomart precinct. Once you've seen the city, head out to one of Auckland's four distinct wine districts where you can sample local vino against the backdrop of rolling hills and sparkling ocean.
To protect people from the health effects of second-hand smoke, smoking in all hospitality venues, including bars, restaurants, cafes, and casinos, is prohibited in New Zealand. If you smoke, please remember to smoke outside
There are many taxi companies that operate from the Auckland International Airport to the central city however there are a few that we would recommend rather than others.
Corporate Cabs–09 377 0773
Blue Bubble Taxis–09 300 3000
Alert Taxis–09 309 2000
Dependent on traffic a typical taxi fair from the airport to the central city is NZ$60–$80
If you are traveling as a group and would prefer to travel altogether, Super Shuttles will be able to arrange this for you—0800 748 885.
Visas / Electronic Travel Authority
Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport, or Australian residents who hold a current Australian resident return visa, do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand. However, Australians with criminal convictions or who have been deported from any country are advised to contact the nearest High Commission or Consulate of New Zealand well in advance of travel for advice on visa requirements.
Delegates travelling from other countries may need a visa to enter New Zealand. Please check the Immigration New Zealand website to check any visa requirements.
The Conference Organisers recommend that delegates purchase travel insurance including cover for non-refundable meeting registration fees.