About Auckland & Aotearoa New Zealand


Auckland is New Zealand’s largest urban area with a population of just over a million people. Auckland is the centre of commerce and industry, and is perhaps the most vibrant, bustling and multicultural city in New Zealand. Auckland is the biggest Polynesian city in the world, and this cultural influence is reflected in many different aspects of city life. The city’s landscape is dominated by volcanic hills, the twin harbours, bays, beaches and islands. Its nickname ‘the city of sails’ is very apt.

Auckland has more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world. Auckland lies between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours, and its geography is such that glistening waters seem to beckon from every point. It is a water lover’s paradise, with some of the best beaches, swimming, diving, fishing, sailing, windsurfing and watersports in the country.

For ideas of things to do and see in Auckland, visit:

Tourism Auckland
Heart of the City

Aotearoa New Zealand

Aotearoa is the name the first people to settle the country gave to this collection of islands in the South Pacific ocean. Translated from Maori, it means ‘land of the long white cloud’ a reference to the legend of the first sighting of the islands from the original canoe that found the country. Later, New Zealand was colonised by the British. A treaty was signed between the British Crown and Maori in 1840. This document has formed the basis for a ‘partnership’ between the original people and the new settlers. This partnership has seen difficult times, but an emerging maturity in the relationship has seen Aotearoa New Zealand develop a unique and strong sense of its place in the world.

Today, Aotearoa New Zealand is a metropolitan country, with all the attractions of the big cities combined with the beauty and productivity of the countryside and coasts. Its peoples are diverse but interconnected and famous for being welcoming and friendly.

To find out more about Aotearoa New Zealand we recommend:


As a tourist destination, Aotearoa New Zealand is one of the top holiday spots in the world. Its rugged natural beauty, the backdrop to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, is unique and enchanting. Aotearoa New Zealand is also famous for adventure, culture, food and wine. It is home to bungy jumping, sky diving, glacial hiking, horse trekking, sailing, tramping, surfing, skiing, mountain biking and many more outdoor pursuits are available. The Sauvignon blanc of the Marlborough region is world famous and the unpolluted waters and pastures produce fresh, clean and delicious food. The unique indigenous Maori culture is complex, fascinating and vibrant. Visitors are encouraged to seek out chances to engage with and learn more about this post-colonisation culture that is experiencing a 21st century renaissance.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Aotearoa New Zealand. We strongly recommend that you stay for a while, before or after the conference, to enjoy what Aotearoa New Zealand has to offer. Here are a few websites that can help you plan your stay.

1. NewZealand.com
The official website for Aotearoa New Zealand travel. Available in multiple languages, it can help you plan your holiday and find out what’s on. Discover new places, experiences and activities plus great deals, driving routes, accommodation, New Zealand maps and more.

2. AA Travel
Another very useful website to help you plan your holiday in Aotearoa New Zealand. Includes accommodation booking, maps, sightseeing guides, travel time and much more.

3. New Zealand Tourism Online
New Zealand Tourism Online is a guide for booking Aotearoa New Zealand travel, accommodation, attractions, tours or transport. Includes useful maps and much more.

Last updated: 27-Mar-2014 5.01pm

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