Why Auckland? 
Anna Hayward, Manager, Auckland Convention Bureau:
A world-class event demands a world-class destination, and Auckland delivers on all fronts. With a combination of city sophistication and first-class facilities, set within a stunning natural playground, Auckland is the perfect host.
Did you know that…?
+ Condé Nast Traveller rated Auckland one of the top 10 friendliest cities for 2015; and Auckland is third in the 2015 Mercer Quality of Living Survey.
+ The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s world-ranked university. It is ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings, and is the only New Zealand University ranked among the world’s top 200 universities by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of Universities. The University of Auckland is also the highest ranked New Zealand University in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.
+ Auckland is New Zealand’s commercial centre and innovation hub and is home to more than a third of the national population, including the largest Polynesian population base in the world. Auckland is the base for many of New Zealand’s leading companies and numerous world-leading multinationals – local experts and thought leaders who are amazingly well connected and recognised internationally. Auckland has a number of leading industry clusters for attracting conventions, including but not limited to – Food and beverage, ICT, screen/film, construction and engineering, marine, niche manufacturing, advanced materials, creative, business services, transport and logistics, sport and health, tourism and hospitality, international education. Auckland is a city on the move and Auckland Convention Bureau can connect and assist you every step of the way.
Where to meet?
Auckland has an impressive choice of conference and convention centre options, more than anywhere else in the country. Auckland’s city sophistication set in a natural playground and stunning surroundings are home to world-class convention facilities that can host international association meetings such as the Aotea Centre which can seat just over 2,000 delegates in the ASB Theatre auditorium, or SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre ideal for a conference for 1750 delegates.
Plans are also progressing on the New Zealand International Convention Centre which once complete will be New Zealand's largest conference and exhibition space, capable of hosting conventions of around 3,000 delegates, or one-off events of up to 4,000 people on the exhibition floor.
In addition Auckland is spoilt for choice with a vast range of bespoke function venues – from intimate locations within natural surroundings, to multiple options within the central business district area – all ideal for small to medium sized conferences, including those special venues that are perfect for your off site dining and gala dinner experiences. From the Auckland Museum, ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Kelliher Estate, there is something to suit your needs and the team at Auckland Convention Bureau are here to help you every step of the way.
Where to stay?
Auckland has a full range of accommodation choices to suit any budget. And since most of these options have conference facilities, travel time and costs throughout the course of your business event are significantly reduced.
The CBD alone has more than 6,000 rooms ranging in style from 2-star to 5-star standards with internationally recognised hotel brands such as Hilton, Sofitel, The Langham, Pullman, Crowne Plaza and more, with shopping, dining, entertainment and attractions all on your doorstep. Over the next three years a number of new 5-star hotels will be under development adding to Auckland’s inventory.
How to get there?
Auckland, in the upper North Island, is New Zealand’s largest city, and home to around 1.5 million people.
It’s by far the best connected city in the country, welcoming more than 70 per cent of all international arrivals into the country.
Twenty-three international airlines fly direct to Auckland from more than 30 destinations around the world, with 336+ weekly flights connecting Auckland to the world, through key international hubs into Australasia, North America, Asia, Pacific, South America and onward connections to Europe/UK.
Do you offer any special services/assistance for associations?
Auckland Convention Bureau can help international associations every step of the way to bring an event to Auckland. From conducting an initial feasibility study and assisting in developing your overall bid strategy, to delivering a winning bid, Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) has the knowledge and resources to help you showcase Auckland’s world-class infrastructure, professionalism and visitor experiences and connect you with our local experts and thought leaders relative to your industry or sector.
We offer support and guidance throughout the bidding process with free services including:
+ providing advice and quotes for venues, accommodation, activities and service providers to best suit your conference requirements
+ arranging site inspections
+ producing professional bid documents detailing the business advantages of selecting Auckland as your event destination, including destination information and supporting letters
+ undertaking a study into the financial feasibility of holding your event in Auckland
+ completing your application for financial support from Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme
Marketing support
+ supplying marketing materials such as brochures, imagery and DVDs to help drive your delegate attendance
+ giving you online access to professional photographs for use in your conference marketing materials
Delegate support
+ linking your conference website to aucklandnz.com to let your delegates explore what’s on offer in Auckland
+ providing an onsite information, activities and booking desk for delegates at your event.
Whom to contact?
Nobody knows the city better than Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB). ACB offers free and impartial advice to help create an unforgettable event experience from start to finish.
Anna Hayward
Auckland Convention Bureau
Phone: +64 9 354 7042
Email: conventions@aucklandnz.com
Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) sits within Auckland Council’s Economic growth agency - Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED). ATEED manages and promotes ACB and assists in facilitating invaluable business connections with business events delegates.
This provides ACB with the unique ability to help associations and delegates connect with their industry sectors. The divisions of ATEED which help ACB connect include Business, Innovation & Skills, Business Attraction and Investment, Tourism and Major Events.The benefit of ACB sitting inside ATEED means the bureau has an ability to create stronger bid pitches for its clients and better leverage opportunities for clients and for Auckland.
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