About Aotearoa - New Zealand

Aotearoa - New Zealand is unique and we offer a kind of experience that you cannot get anywhere else in the world.

As you plan to attend The Seventh Gathering there will be things you want to know about Aotearoa. You may also want to spend more time in Aotearoa before or after the Gathering.

At New Zealand’s official travel website there are facts and travel guides, tips and recommended trips, and information on things you might want to do while you’re here.

You might also want to really do some research and Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand has over 850 stories arranged into sections for you to explore.

You will be aware that Māori are tangata whenua, the indigenous people, of Aotearoa. They came here more than 1000 years ago from their Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. Today Māori make up 14% of the population in Aotearoa and our history, language and traditions are central to New Zealand’s identity.

Your hosts and your experiences at The Seventh Gathering will introduce you to some important aspects of Māori culture and tikanga (values and practices).  Before you arrive however you might like to gain more insight into Māori culture, language, legend and arts.

You can start with some of the stories in Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Another highly visual place to start is at New Zealand’s official travel website.

Travel to New Zealand Estimated Flight Times:
Eastern Australia  3.5 hours  
Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo 10 hours
United States (West Coast) 12 hours
United States (East Coast) 19 hours
Dubai   19 hours
London, Amsterdam, Paris 25 hours

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: 

Aerolineas Argentinas, Aircalin, Air Canada*, Air Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Vanuatu, American Airlines*, Asiana Airlines, British Airways*, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, EVA Air*, Japan Airlines*, Korean Air, Lan Chile, Lufthansa Airlines*, Malaysia Airlines,Mexicana Airlines*, Polynesian Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Tongan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, United Airlines*
*code share

Passports and visas For information on requirements for traveling to New Zealand please visit www.immigration.govt.nz or talk to your local travel agent.
Time zone Refer to this handy time zone converter to check the local time in New Zealand.
Currency New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). 
Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. 

There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ$10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report. 

Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres. 

All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. Travellers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores. 

How much will it cost? 

Here is a general guide of what you can expect to pay in New Zealand for a few common items: 
Approximately: A hotel breakfast NZ$10- $35, Cappuccino NZ$3.50 - $4.00, Cafe lunch NZ$10 - $15, Dinner (3-course, no wine) NZ$20 - $50.

Electricity/voltage New Zealand electricity runs at 230/240 volts (50 hertz). Many accommodation options also have 110 volt AC sockets for use with electric razors. 

Power sockets only accept flat three-pin (with earth connection) or two-pin plugs.

Most foreign electrical equipment will require an adapter/converter - these are available at visitor information centres, tourist shops, appliance stores.

Exchange rates The Reserve Bank of New Zealand provides a monthly online summary (www.rbnz.govt.nz) of the New Zealand Dollar's average value against the US Dollar, the Pound, the Australian Dollar, the Yen and the Euro.  Refer to the currency converter supplied on the 'registration page.
Insurance Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to travelling to New Zealand. The policy should include loss of fees/deposits through cancellation of your participation in the Conference, or though cancellation of the Conference itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the Organising Committee or the conference organisers take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in relation to this matter.