Destination and Venue
As a result of Auckland’s hosting of the Rugby World Cup in September-October 2011 the city has come alive and many areas have been regenerated.
Auckland’s stunning waterfront has seen a revival with the addition of North Wharf in the Wynyard Quarter. This pocket of the waterfront boasts bustling restaurants and cafes, tram rides and the Viaduct Events Centre. A walkway spans the water to link the new development with the rest of the viaduct. Other attractions in the area include the Maritime Museum and, further along the waterfront, the Antarctic Exhibition at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World. A number of companies offer half and full day yachting trips on the harbour. For a completely different perspective, you can walk over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. This provides an exhilarating experience for adventure lovers and real daredevils may like to try bungee jumping from the bridge with the option of being ‘dipped’ into the water below.
The Auckland Art Gallery has only recently re-opened after a 3 year renovation which has seen it transformed into a modern and exciting gallery of world standards. Located in the heart of the city, the Auckland Art Gallery showcases a huge range of both New Zealand and worldwide art.
Nearby, the Auckland War Memorial Museum gives a superb insight into history and culture from New Zealand and around the world. Auckland’s SkyTower, situated in the heart of the city, is a must-visit attraction with incredible views, a range of activities for thrill seekers and a wide range of dining options.
A short ferry ride from downtown Auckland will take you to the picturesque town of Devonport, a seaside village which is home to a multitude of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. If you would like to venture further afield we recommend a visit to Waiheke Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. A 40 minute ferry journey from the city, Waiheke boasts a large number of vineyards and olive groves operating tours and tastings on the island. There are many beaches suitable for swimming and a diverse range of accommodation is available.
Train and bus services run from Auckland’s suburbs directly to and from the city centre. Full timetables and pricing can be found on the Auckland public transport website www.maxx.co.nz. The inner city suburbs of Mt Eden, Parnell and Ponsonby are attractive areas offering boutique shopping and dining.
Auckland is a lively, cosmopolitan, multi-cultural and ever changing city. It also offers an easy escape to beaches, parks, golf courses, bush and countryside within a very short journey. We look forward to welcoming you to the city.
The Conference will be held at the Owen G Glenn Building, located at the University of Auckland Business School in the heart of the City.
Completed in 2008, the iconic building stands as a place of convergence for business, academia and government - a collaborative, knowledge-rich environment. It houses fully-equipped lecture theatres, computer labs, work rooms and social spaces, along with cafés and an on-site bank, clustered around a spectacular 26m-high atrium. Disabled access and facilities are located throughout the building.