Welcome to Auckland
If you're heading to Auckland for the big event, make sure you go exploring while you are here. No matter if you only have a few hours or a few days, there is plenty to see and do!
There’s loads to do in the heart of the city, plus adventures in every direction. From the fancy to the fun, the crazy to the cultured, you’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet named Auckland one of the world’s Top 10 Cities in 2014.
We are pleased to confirm The Heritage Hotel as the 2015 event Host Hotel. To secure competitive room rates, find out how to make your bookings and to get further information on the Hotel please click here.
We will have a range of other accommodation options available in the heart of Auckland City in the early part of the new year. They will all be close to, and within walking distance to, the event venue at Queens Wharf.
There are plenty of options for getting to and around Auckland, whether you’re going near or far. Britomart is the transport hub for Auckland City and is located at the bottom of Queen Street. Trains and buses all arrive and depart from Britomart and take you to almost anywhere in Auckland. Finding your way around is simple and there is plenty of help on hand to make it an easy journey!
You can also take a scenic train journey out of Auckland from Britomart if you have time to do some sightseeing while you are here.
Auckland Airport has an outstanding global reputation and has been voted among the best in the world. Auckland's international and domestic terminals are the top transport hubs in New Zealand and are located in Manukau, around a 45-minute drive from downtown Auckland.
A number of international airlines operate flights to Auckland including New Zealand's carrier, Air New Zealand.
It is important that transfers are booked prior to arrival, to avoid waiting around and ensure your bike will be able to be transported to your hotel hassle free. We will advise when the transfer bookings are open for 2015 and have links through to the transfer providers so you can plan and book your airport - Hotel transfers.
Driving around Auckland is relatively easy and a great way to see the region. There are major motorways heading north-south and north-west, and linking motorways to the eastern suburbs. If you are interested in renting a car during your stay in Auckland all major car rental companies are located at Auckland International and Domestic terminals. There are also depots in the central city.
There are endless opportunities to enjoy cycling around Auckland, and many areas of the city have dedicated cycle lanes.
Ferries & water taxis
Climb aboard a local ferry or water taxi to discover Devonport or one of the Hauraki Gulf islands. Find your sea legs as you soak up the sea air and enjoy beautiful views of Auckland’s cityscape and the Waitemata Harbour.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand delivers uniquely Kiwi journeys to more than 13 million passengers who fly to, from and within New Zealand each year. The airline operates more than 4,000 flights each week, connecting customers to 26 destinations within New Zealand and to Australia, the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, China, Japan, Canada, USA and the United Kingdom.
In recent years Air New Zealand has earned a global reputation as one of the world’s most innovative airlines. Recent innovations have included the new Economy Skycouch as part of its new long-haul experience, the all black painted Boeing 777-300ER - the world's largest commercially operated aircraft to be painted all black, and the end of the check-in queue for domestic and some international passengers thanks to a raft of new technologies.
Early in 2014, Air New Zealand became become the worldwide launch customer of the Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which has transformed global air travel.