Social events and excursions
Sunday 2nd December
Cable Room, Macs Bar
4 Taranaki St
Cost: Included in registration
Additional Tickets: $50.00 inc GST
Join us for the Icebreaker on Sunday evening. Meet colleagues old and new for drinks and canapés
before the conference begins on Monday.
Wednesday 5th December
Cost: $120.00 inc GST
The highlight of the social programme will be the Conference Dinner held at the Boatshed on
Taranaki Street Wharf, with its spectacular and intimate views of the inner harbour - the Boatshed
has become a city icon.
Enjoy entertainment and a sumptuous three course dinner using locally sourced fresh produce
accompanied by fine New Zealand wines.
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There will be no official conference excursions for the free afternoon on Wednesday 5th of
December. However, you may wish to consider some of the attractions on offer.
· Advance booking is advisable for many tours at this time of year
· Check individual websites for up-to-date information on costs and timings
Just 10 minutes from central Wellington, Zealandia is a must-see eco-attraction and groundbreaking
restoration project: a nature lover's paradise and a sanctuary by the city!
See some of New Zealand's rarest birds, reptiles and insects living wild in their natural environment,
including hihi, tuatara, saddleback, kākā and (at night) little spotted kiwi. Indoors, NZ’s incredible
natural history and world-renowned conservation movement are brought to life in a state-of-the-art
Exhibition Only - $18.50
Sanctuary Only - $18.50
Exhibition & Sanctuary - $28.50
Travel by Ferry to this fascinating Island, only recently opened to the public, is a reserve
administered by the Department of Conservation. It is steeped in local history, from early Maori
settlement to more recent times as a prisoner of war camp, and quarantine station. Now it is being
allowed to revert back to its native flora and fauna. Being rodent free, the birdlife is amazing and you
may even be lucky enough to see the native tuatara that have recently been reintroduced to the
The views from all over the easy walking tracks on the island are unsurpassed and not to be missed!
Return Ferry - $23.00
If you wish to do a guided tour of Matiu/Somes Island, we recommend Flat Earth at
Lord of the Rings - Middle Earth Tour
A wonderful half day film locations experience with your own expert guide in a small group. The tour
runs for half a day and takes you to the filming locations for Rivendell where Frodo recovered from
his knife attack; the Anduin River where the Fellowship voyaged to Amon Hen; the river where
Aragorn was washed ashore after the attack of the Wargs; the Gardens of Isengard, the site of the
Orcs Felling the Trees and where Gandalf rode to see Saruman; go to the Mount Victoria lookout and
Buckland Forest where you can race to the Buckleberry Ferry and "Get off the Road", where the
Hobbits hid from the Nazgul/Black Riders and where they found the mushrooms on the Road;
Dunharrow Rohirrim encampment; visit the quarry used for the filming of Helms Deep in Rohan and
Minas Tirith in Gondor.
Adult - $159.00
Seal Coast Safari
Would you visit Egypt and not see the Pyramids? Well you can’t visit Wellington without seeing our
Get up close and personal with wild New Zealand fur seals as you explore Wellington’s spectacular
coastline with Seal Coast Safari. Leaving from Downtown Wellington, you’ll be in four wheel drive
mode 15 minutes later! Our Safaris depart from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre at 10.00am and
1.30pm daily. Seals guaranteed 364 days of the year!
Adult - $115.00
For more tour ideas, we recommend you visit the Wellington iSite:
They are located in Civic Square on the corner Victoria and Wakefield Streets.
Monday to Sunday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Public Holidays 11.00am - 4.00pm
We are open everyday except Christmas Day.
Phone: +64 4 802 4860