Here is some information about Auckland and New Zealand to help you plan your business event. If you have any questions, the friendly and expert team at Auckland Convention Bureau is here to help.
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Geography

New Zealand is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. Australia is about 1900km (1200 miles) north west across the Tasman Sea, while the US west coast is about 11,200km (7000 miles) away. New Zealand is home to 4.5 million people, of which 1.5 million people live in Auckland. Located on the upper North Island, Auckland lies on an isthmus less than 2km wide at its narrowest point. With the Pacific Ocean’s Hauraki Gulf to the east, and the Tasman Sea’s Manukau and Kaipara Harbours to the west, it is one of the few cities in the world with harbours on two separate major bodies of water.

Climate

Auckland has a temperate coastal climate. The seasons are the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere. Auckland’s summer is from December to February, autumn (fall) is March to May, winter is June to August, and spring is September to November. The mean daily temperature during January and February is 23°Celsius (74°Fahrenheit), and during July and August, the mean daily maximum is 14°C (57°F). We advise your delegates to come prepared for strong sun and occasional rainfall, but snowflakes have only been recorded twice in Auckland in the past century.

Health care

New Zealand’s public and private medical facilities provide a high standard of treatment and care. Visitors are not entitled to free medical services, so travel and health insurance for delegates is strongly recommended.

Banking and foreign exchange

The New Zealand dollar ($) is the national currency. All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely, followed by American Express and Diners Club.

Auckland CBD and all suburbs have numerous banks open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, and some also open during weekends. There are also foreign exchange service providers.

Automated teller machines (ATMs) are widely available at the airport, banks, along main shopping streets and in malls. International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded.

Government and Politics

New Zealand’s political system is based on the Westminster (United Kingdom) form of government, although there is a single house of representatives. It is a stable, democratic country with free elections every three years.

Visas

Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visitor’s visa for stays of less than three months. For further information about visas, visit immigration.govt.nz.

Electricity

Electricity supply is 230/240 volts, 50 hertz (US voltage is 110 volts). Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts). New Zealand and Australia use the same type of three-pin plug. Adapters are available from airport and electronics retailers.

Step-down transformers are required for US appliances (except most laptop computers). These are available from electronic retailers in New Zealand.

Mobile phones

New Zealand’s GSM mobile network operates on 900MHz and 1800MHz, and the WCDMA mobile network operates on 850MHz and 2100MHz. Visitors from the US and Canada will need to set up international roaming with their network provider if they wish to bring their own phones. Local phones and SIM cards are available for rental and do not incur roaming charges.

Laptops

You will need a RJ45 type plug to connect a laptop into a computer socket in New Zealand, as well as an adaptor with a flat two or three point power plug to connect to the power supply.