Useful Facts and Information

New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of only four million people it’s also gloriously uncrowded.

Entry requirements:

New Zealand enjoys welcoming visitors. So to ensure you have an experience to remember, it’s a good idea to make sure you’ve done your homework and have everything sorted before you leave.

When you arrive, you’ll need to ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

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Long, sunny days tend to linger long into New Zealand’s autumn, and with average high temperatures of between 18C and 25C, you’ll hardly notice summer has ‘officially’ ended. Nights begin to get chilly around mid-April. Because it’s no longer high season, you won’t encounter the busy crowds of summer.


New Zealand’s unit of currency is the dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.

Tipping and Service Charges

Tipping in New Zealand is not obligatory, even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for good service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.


New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, with angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia).

Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option.


What’s different about driving in New Zealand?
Kiwi’s drive on the left hand side of the road and their vehicles seat the driver on the right.
Always drive on the left hand side of the road in New Zealand. If you’re used to driving on the right hand side of the road, this can be a challenge to remember especially when pulling out into traffic. Remember – if you are driving, you must be seated in the middle of the road – your front seat passenger will be the on edge of the road.


Direct flights to Auckland from Europe, North America, South America, southeast Asia and Australia.



Travel north on a bus and let an experienced driver take you through scenic countryside, rural towns and past sandy beaches to the beautiful Bay of Islands, arriving in Paihia relaxed and ready to enjoy your break.


By road, the Bay of Islands is about 3hrs north of Auckland on State Highway 1 which runs into State Highway 11 at Kawakawa—follow the signs to the Bay of Islands and Twin Coast Discovery Highway.


Air New Zealand has regular domestic flights into Whangerei, Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) and Kaitaia; Salt Air connects to Auckland via the city’s North Shore and there are charter operators who can bring you here from anywhere in New Zealand by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.


English and Maori are the official languages of New Zealand.

Internet and mobile telephones:

Mobile Phones

Check with your phone company before leaving home about international mobile roam facilities available in New Zealand. Alternatively you can hire/buy mobile phones or SIM cards in New Zealand. Note that signal is not available in all rural areas.


Find out more about Internet and WiFi access in New Zealand


New Zealand is generally a very safe place to travel with a relatively low crime rate, few endemic diseases and a great healthcare system.

Visitors are still advised to take the same care with your personal safety and your possessions as you would in any other country, or at home. Take copies of your important documents (like your passport and credit cards), and keep them separate from the originals. You should also keep a record of the description and serial number of valuable items (like cameras, tablets and smart phones). And remember, in an emergency dial 111.

Keeping yourself safe

  • Carry a mobile phone and don’t hesitate to dial New Zealand’s emergency phone number if you feel unsafe or threatened – dial 111. Calls are free.
  • Travel with someone you know and trust whenever possible.
  •  Don’t accept rides from strangers and don’t hitchhike.
  • If you’re out at night, keep to well lit places where other people are present. Don’t take short cuts through parks or alleyways. Take a taxi or get a ride with someone you know.
  • Avoid accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
  • Carry a basic first-aid kit for use in emergencies.


New Zealand’s friendly and down-to-earth people will be one of the things you treasure most about your visit.

With a patchwork history of Māori, European, Pacific Island and Asian cultures, New Zealand has become a melting-pot population – but one with some uniting features that make it unique in the world.

Today, of the 4.4 million New Zealanders (informally known as Kiwis), approximately 69% are of European descent, 14.6% are indigenous Māori, 9.2% Asian and 6.9% non-Māori Pacific Islanders.

Geographically, over three-quarters of the population live in the North Island, with one-third of the total population living in Auckland. The other main cities of Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton are where the majority of the remaining Kiwis dwell.

Northlands, Paihia:


The subtropical Northland region stretches upwards from Auckland to the very top of New Zealand. Take a journey along the Twin Coast Discovery Highway to the iconic Bay of Islands, as well as the Kauri Coast, the Far North and Whangarei.


Paihia is an excellent base from which to explore the Bay of Islands. It has an extensive choice of accommodation, delicious dining options and a good-sized town centre. From the wharf you can arrange a trip to the outer islands, hook into a fishing expedition or catch a ferry to Russell. Cruises of all types leave from the wharf daily.

Top local adventures include cruising to the “hole in the rock” at the tip of Cape Brett, finding dolphins (and even swimming with them) and sea kayak tours. Paihia is also just down the road from the historic Treaty House at Waitangi Grounds, which marks the beginning of New Zealand as a nation. Just west of Paihia is Haruru, where you’ll find an impressive waterfall and boardwalk.


Extend your stay either side of the conference and explore our magnificent country.

From majestic fiords and alps in the South Island to the native forests and sandy beaches of the north, New Zealand, is full of stunning landscapes, unique flora and fauna, and unspoiled countryside. Between the wide open spaces, vibrant cities and towns offer all the experiences of a modern and sophisticated urban lifestyle.

New Zealand has a stable political environment and has led the world in many areas of social policy and scientific achievement. The country also has one of the world’s most stable business markets, and is ranked second in the World Stability Index and second in Public Services (GLCI).

There is a rich indigenous Māori culture entwined with a melting pot of cultures from around the world.

New Zealanders are friendly, independent, free-spirited and welcoming. There is nothing we enjoy more than showing overseas visitors ‘our place’ in the South Pacific.

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Smoking is not allowed in many places:

  • on public transport;
  • indoors in bars, restaurants, casinos or clubs;
  • in indoor workplaces;
  • schools and early childhood learning centres and their grounds.
  • There are also limits on tobacco advertising and sponsorship, and restrictions on the way tobacco products can be sold.
Cancellation Policy

All cancellations and alterations to registrations must be made in writing to the Conference Secretariat – Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome. Cancellations due to failure of visa application will not be refunded.

Cancellations and “no shows” that have not paid will be liable to pay the full registration fee and any incidentals including accommodation. All approved refunds will be processed after the Conference.

Cancellation Refund
Before Monday 2 April 2018 Full refund less a $75 administration fee
Between Tuesday 3 April 2018 and before Monday 1 May 2018 50% refund of the registration fee and incur any changes for cancellation of accommodation etc.
After Monday 1 May 2018 The Conference committee will consider cancellations of registration only under exceptional circumstances.