Auckland Convention Bureau

Amy Griffith
Account Manager conventions@aucklandnz.com
Address:
Level 8
139 Quay Street
Auckland

Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s economic powerhouse. The region is thriving, competing strongly on the world stage for export revenue, talent and investment, cementing its place as a great place to meet and exchange ideas.

Auckland is fortunate to have the right mix of urban sophistication – bringing together a diverse range of top restaurants, attractions, and accommodation, talent and business event facilities – and matched with a stunning natural playground of sparkling harbours with picturesque islands, pristine beaches, and native rainforests.

Auckland is the world’s largest Polynesian city. More than 200 different ethnic communities call Auckland home and it is this diversity that makes the city’s food, art, cultural experiences and history so fascinating. 

Auckland continually ranks near the top in the world for quality of life, and receives international acclaim as a stunning visitor destination. This, along with the region’s reputation in business and investment circles, is helping propel Auckland on an exponential growth trajectory.

The city’s investment and focus in enhancing its knowledge economy has seen a number of knowledge hubs emerge throughout the region, creating a strong innovation ecosystem. Auckland is home to top-ranked universities, research institutions and medical facilities all within close proximity to the city centre. 

Auckland offers an exciting learning environment across diverse fields of interest including:
ICT research and development 
health informatics sector
Engineering
Technology innovation
Building and construction

This wealth of intellectual capital, plus access to excellent infrastructure provided by a professional industry with centralised event facilities and a reputation for superior hospitality, makes Auckland a premium destination for business events in New Zealand. This makes it an exciting time for business events in Auckland. 

The region is enjoying a record boom in visitor numbers in international arrivals from both leisure and business visitors, and domestic travellers. 

Auckland now welcomes more than 2.4 million people a year, and the visitor economy contributes more than $7.5 billion to the region annually. 

Auckland currently attracts 37% of New Zealand’s business events, with 1.5 million delegates attending more than 14,000 events in 2015/16.

A number of exciting major infrastructure projects are underway, some of which will open, or near completion, this year, making Auckland more accessible and easy to get around for business event visitors.

Where to find us

Auckland is New Zealand’s most connected city and is just a three-hour flight from eastern Australia, a direct overnight flight from the US west coast, and about 11 hours from major Asian cities including Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Air connectivity and capacity continues to increase, with more than 140 international flights each day from 46 destinations now flying into Auckland Airport.  Within New Zealand, there are more than 300 domestic flights each day, flying to 19 domestic destinations.

Conference venues and facilities
Auckland has a diverse range of varied and versatile venues to suit conferences of up to 3,500 people. Work is progressing well on the New Zealand International Convention Centre, which once complete in mid-2019 will be the country’s largest. With a theatre seating 2,850 people and an exhibition floor of nearly 8,000 sq m, its central location puts it at the heart of Auckland’s CBD and its knowledge economy. 

Accommodation
Auckland has a full range of accommodation choices to suit any budget, many of which have conference facilities. Auckland’s CBD offers more than 6,000 rooms ranging in style from 2-star to 5-star accommodation. Some new and renovated accommodation options are due to come on stream including Naumi Auckland, the Sofitel So boutique hotel, Hotel Grand Windsor and the completed renovation of the Copthorne Hotel, rebranded as MSocial.

Another 2,000-plus rooms are in the forecast for the next 10 years including the 5 star hotels in the pipeline such as Park Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, and the recently announced Four Points.  

Contact: Auckland Convention Bureau
Jeanette Stanton
E: Jeanette.stanton@aucklandnz.com 
P +64 9 354 7027

Edwina Fitzsimon
E: Edwina.fitzsimon@aucklandnz.com
P: +61 455 045 656
Auckland