Story of Tamaki Makaurau – Auckland
Nau mai, haere mai ki Tāmaki Makaurau – welcome to Auckland.
Tāmaki Makaurau – a place desired by many
Tāmaki Herenga Waka – the place where many canoes gather
These are the Māori names given to Auckland. They speak of the diverse landscapes, beautiful harbours and fertile soils. They speak of the coming together of different iwi (tribes) to meet and trade.
Today, people from all over the world visit Tāmaki Makaurau for the same reasons – to experience the natural beauty and unique Māori culture, now joined by more than 200 other cultural communities that call Auckland home.
In the spirit of manaakitanga – hospitality, generosity and openness of spirit – we welcome our visitors as guests. Discover this spirit as you connect with the people, land and stories that have shaped our region.
NZ Māori Tourism are pleased to be co-hosting the South Pacific Tourism Exchange in Aotearoa New Zealand
New Zealand Māori Tourism are pleased that the South Pacific Tourism Exchange is returning to Aotearoa New Zealand after several years of being held in Australia. We look forward to working with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation as we provide an opportunity for tourism buyers and sellers to connect and strengthen relationships, and to learn about new tourism experiences.
The South Pacific Tourism Exchange will provide an invaluable experience for buyers to deepen their understanding of Māori and Pacific tourism experiences, and for tourism sellers to meet with a variety of leading tourism buyers from across the world.
On behalf of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation and New Zealand Māori Tourism, we invite you to join us in Auckland, New Zealand, Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud) to experience Māori hospitality, to share traditions and experiences, to extend networks and to enjoy and benefit from each other’s company as we do business. We look forward to welcoming you to Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand in May 2019.
What to expect in Aotearoa New Zealand
May is the last month of Autumn, so be sure to bring some warm clothes. Temperature averages 17 degrees Celsius/63 Fahrenheit and can get down to 11C/52F. Nights can be cool, and it is wise to bring a rain jacket! Auckland is known for its humidity and can expect to get an average rainfall of 50mm over the month.
Despite coming into winter, it is highly recommended that wear sunscreen while outside.
Do I need a visa?
For information on requirements for traveling to New Zealand please visit www.immigration.govt.nz or talk to your local travel agent.
All visitors to New Zealand must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand.
Citizens of some countries must obtain a Visitor’s Visa. Visa information and the visa application form are available on www.immigration.govt.nz.
If you require a Visitor’s Visa, please allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing.
If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you do not need to apply for a visa to visit New Zealand but you must:
- Hold a valid ticket from New Zealand to a country where you have the right of entry
- Have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand
- Hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you intend leaving New Zealand
- Remain in New Zealand only for the time granted on your arrival
How do I get to New Zealand?
Air New Zealand is New Zealand’s national carrier and has many scheduled services into Auckland, the international gateway to New Zealand. To view schedules, please visit: www.airnewzealand.co.nz.
Other airlines that service Auckland:
If your travel itinerary includes a transit stop in Australia you may need an Australian Transit Visa. Details about this and how to apply can be found at www.immi.gov.au. Failure to obtain this visa in advance of your travel may result in you being unable to board your aircraft.
NZ Border Process
The currency used is the New Zealand dollar. Banking hours are usually 0900 -1600hrs, Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines are well spread throughout New Zealand.
International credit cards are accepted throughout the country banks, most hotels and city stores.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Goods and Services in New Zealand are subject to a 15% tax (GST). This tax is usually included in the price and if not, it is clearly stated. This tax cannot be claimed back by visitors, when leaving the country.
It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover the duration of your visit to New Zealand and to protect against cancellation charges, loss or damage to your luggage and personal effects, loss of cash and medical expenses.
New Zealand uses a 240 volt 50 cycle system with 3 pin flat plugs.
New Zealand has a national biosecurity system that is considered one of the most robust in the world. Please refer to www.biosecurity.govt.nz for more information.
No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.
New Zealand’s climates range significantly in temperature throughout the country.
Dress for all sessions at the Exchange is smart casual.
Name badges will be given to all delegates on registration. We ask that you wear your badge at all times, including social functions.
Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland is located in the heart of the city centre. In its immediate vicinity, attractions include The Civic (a heritage building first built in 1929), Auckland Town Hall, and Aotea Square. The Viaduct look out is just a 20-minute walk (1.3km) from the hotel.
Take a walk from Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland through Aotea Square down Queen St where there are plenty of shops, supermarkets, galleries, and nearby places of interest.