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About AucklandNew Zealand lies in the southern Pacific Ocean. New Zealand consists of two main Islands the North and South Island and a number of smaller islands. New Zealand is a land of spectacular scenery in a unique unspoilt environment. Auckland is located in the northern end of the North Island. Auckland is New Zealand's largest urban area with a population of around 1.4 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 largest Polynesian city in the world. The city's landscape is dominated by volcanic hills, two harbours, bays, beaches and islands. Auckland is known as 'the city of sails' which is very apt as has more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world. Auckland is a nature lover's paradise, with some of the best beaches, nature reserves, swimming, diving, sailing, kyaking and windsurfing in the country. Auckland's iconic harbour bridge recently had a face lift and is now lit with over 90,000 LED lights. The bridge is entirely lit by solar power harnessed from 600 solar panels feeding into large Tesla batteries.
Getting Around: Arriving in AucklandInternational attendees will arrive at Auckland International Airport. From the airport, there are a number of transport options:
- the SkyBus is an efficient, economic and convenient connection to the city and there are bus stops near AUT and most city hotels. Airport to City transfers take approximately 40-60 min and cost $18(one way) or $34 (return) for an Adult ticket.
- Super Shuttles run shared shuttles that will transport you door to door. They are a realatively cheap option but tend to take quite a while to reach your destination if you are the last drop-off.
- Alternatively, a taxi directly from the airport to the City area and AUT will cost anything up to around NZ$75. Taxi companies charge a fixed rate to the city and costs vary between companies. Details of the rates can be found here. It pays to check on the fare with the driver before accepting a taxi ride
AccommodationThe University is in a central downtown location with many hotels from the expensive to the cheap, within easy walking distance 5- 10 mins away. While we do not have a specific conference hotel, many visitors like the Scenic Hotel nearby.
This hotel is the closest to AUT and a short 5 minute walk. Rooms are from $150(NZD) per night. Make sure you request a front room facing Queen Street. Click here for details
Located at 363 Queen Street the Quest has hotel rooms and apartments are only a 5-7 minute walk away from AUT. Rooms are priced from $189(NZD) per night. See their website for details.
For those of you on a budget there are many backpackers and hostels within walking distance of the conference venue at AUT. One of the closest is the Auckland YHA at 5 Turner Street (just off Queen Street). To walk to the venue takes 5-7 minutes. Bookings can be made using the YHA website.
Kiwi International Hotel
Another option for those of you on a budget is the Kiwi Hotel a short 5-7 minute walk from AUT. Prices start from $99(NZD) per night. For further information see their website.
The Quadrant Hotel & Suites
Situated at 10 Waterloo Quadrant, the Quadrant Hotel & Suites offers self-contained accommodation with a private balcony and free Wi-Fi. It features a bar, a hot tub and a fitness centre. Situated in Auckland's Central Business District, all accommodation features a fully equipped kitchen. Click here to see current deals available for the Quadrant.
The Crowne Plaza
At 128 Albert Street is a more luxury option with rooms starting at $445.90(NZD) per night. Click here for further details
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
At 83 Symonds Street the Cordis is another hotel close to AUT. This 5 star hotel is known for its high level of hospitality. See their website for further details