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Conference Tours

 

Pre-Conference Tours

 

A unique Maori Ngati Whatua Orakei cultural experience

Discover the significance of the dormant volcano Maungawhau (Mt Eden), which stands proudly above Auckland City. Once a thriving  pa (Maori strategic stronghold), your kaiarahi (guide) will bring the mountain to life with stories, passed down through generations as you explore the terraces and ascend the mountain.  At the mountain summit, the highest geographical point in Auckland, views of the Manukau and Waitemata harbours, Rangitoto and beyond will take your breath away. Hear the story of how Auckland CBD came to stand where it is today and the historical tale of how the mountain came to be. At the conclusion of the 90 minute guided walking experience with your kaiarahi (guide) board your coach and continue with your with coach tour guide on a tour of Auckland en-route to AUT.

Meeting Point: The conference registration desk at 8.45 am. 
Time:
9.00 am to approximately 12 noon  
Cost:
$125.00 per person
This includes road transport, tour guide, Ngati Whatua Orakei cultural experience, bottled water and 15% GST.
Minimum 20 people and maximum 40 people.

 

 
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SkyJump and the Harbour Bridge Bungy Jump

Delegates are to make their own way to SkyJump HQ in the basement of the Sky Tower. Experience the ultimate leap of faith – a jump from New Zealand’s highest building with nothing but a wire between you and the ground 192 metres down! SkyJump gives you 11 seconds of pure adrenaline as you plunge 53 floors down at a speed of 85 kilometres per hour. You’ll feel like a total boss when your feet touch the landing in SkyCity Plaza.

Once you are done with the SkyJump you will be transported to Auckland Harbour Bridge where old meets new – the most enduring sight on the Auckland horizon is also home to a Bungy operation of epic proportions. The Bungy Pod is attached underneath the bridge and is ready to go for thrill-seekers looking for a buzz in New Zealand’s biggest city. You can even dip your head in the ocean below, bouncing back up feeling fierce and unstoppable. Once your feet are back on the ground after your bungy jump you will be transported back to the Sky Tower. On arrival back at the Sky Tower delegates are on their own to do whatever they like in downtown Auckland.

Cost: NZD$235.00 per person
This includes the SkyJump, transport from Sky Tower to Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Bungy jump, transport from the Harbour Bridge to Sky Tower and 15% GST    

 

 

Guided tour of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

9.45 am to approximately 12 noon.

Delegates to meet their tour guide at conference registration desk at 9.30 am. Participate in a guided tour of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki which is the principal public gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, and has the most extensive collection of national and international art in New Zealand. It frequently hosts travelling international exhibitions. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki is the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numbering over 15,000 works. Set below the hilltop Albert Park in the central-city area of Auckland, the gallery was established in 1888 as the first permanent art gallery in New Zealand. The building originally housed the Auckland Art Gallery as well as the Auckland public library opening with collections donated by benefactors Governor Sir George Grey and James Tannock Mackelvie. This was the second public art gallery in New Zealand opened three years after the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in 1884.

At the conclusion of the guided tour delegates are to make their own way to AUT.

Cost: NZD$55.00 per person
This includes entry to and a guided tour of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and 15% GST.    

 
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Auckland city sightseeing tour + guided tour of Auckland Museum and cultural performance

Auckland, also known as "City of Sails”, is the largest commercial centre of the county and also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. The city straddles a dormant volcanic field of approximately 50 vents, which take the form of cones, lakes, lagoons, islands and depressions. The most recent and by far the largest volcano, Rangitoto Island, came up out of the sea about 600 to 700 years ago. Enjoying a mild climate, it has a cosmopolitan flavour, great wining and dining and hence offers a good lifestyle. 

A large percentage of Auckland is still dominated by a very suburban style of building, giving the city a very low population density. Although it has little more than a seventh of the population of London, it sprawls over a considerably larger area, making public transport costlier than in other high-density cities.

Highlights during this tour of Auckland will include the Auckland Harbour bridge, Tamaki Drive, Michael Joseph Savage Memorial (great views here), Parnell Rose Gardens, Auckland Domain, one hour guided tour of Auckland Museum, 45 minutes free time at Auckland Museum and a Maori cultural performance at Auckland Museum.

At the conclusion of the visit to Auckland Museum travel back to AUT.

Meeting Point: The conference registration desk at 7.45 am
Time:
8.00 am to approximately 12 noon
Cost:
$145.00 per person
This includes road transport, tour guide, entry to Auckland Museum, one guided tour of Auckland Museum, Maori cultural performance at Auckland Museum, bottled water and 15% GST. Minimum 20 people and maximum 40 people.

 

Post-Conference Tour

 

Sculptureum, lunch & wine tasting

Located about a one hour drive north of Auckland is Sculptureum which is a world-class tourist attraction. With three sculpture-filled gardens, six art galleries, a vineyard, an events space and Rothko restaurant and bar, there is something for everyone. On arrival delegates will be served a light lunch and then have free time to indulge in wine tasting and free time to explore the gardens and art galleries.    

Time: 12 noon to approximately 5.00 pm
Cost:
NZD$150.00 per person
This includes road transport, entry to Sculptureum, a feasting menu at the Sculptureum, wine tasting and 15% GST. Minimum 20 people and maximum 40 people. Delegates to pay for their own drinks (non alcoholic drinks, wine, beer etc) at the venue.

 
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SIGHTSEEING TOURS
If you need assistance with planning and booking any local sightseeing tours then please contact Sharron Hickman at Exclusive Tours Limited.     
Email: sbhickman@xtra.co.nz    Phone +64 027 4732934     Website: www.exclusivetours.co.nz

Sharron and her colleague will also operate a sightseeing and tour desk at the conference venue for the same hours that the registration desk is open. Please visit Sharron and her colleague at their desk to plan and book sightseeing and touring options. They look forward to meeting you in New Zealand.