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Our Land

Imagine hosting your conference in beautiful New Zealand - the youngest country on earth - the last major landmass to be discovered. New Zealand is an alluring mix of stunning landscapes, unique flora and fauna and unspoilt countryside, combined with pastoral scenes of surprising beauty. The overwhelming impression of the land is pure and green, with fresh air and clean waters. Your New Zealand conference delegates will love an event here!

Situated in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand is bordered on its east coast by the South Pacific Ocean and on the west by the Tasman Sea.

No inland point of New Zealand is ever more than 120 kilometres from the sea, and yet its mountainous terrain has over 200 peaks higher than 2300 metres - climaxing in the country’s highest point, the majestic Aoraki Mount Cook (3754 metres). Picture yourself and your New Zealand conference attendees starting the day on an ocean fishing or kayaking trip, followed by an afternoon skiing down a powdery mountain slope!

Moderate volcanic activity and geothermal activity in the central North Island make for fascinating lunar-like landscapes in some areas. Send your employees on a New Zealand incentive trip to remember. Bubbling mud, steaming mineral pools to bathe in, enormous gushing geysers, powerful waterfalls and more have enticed and fascinated tourists to New Zealand for centuries.

From the majestic fiords and Southern Alps of the the South Island, to the ancient native rainforests and silver, sandy bays of the North Island, New Zealand is a land of awesome beauty.

To further explore New Zealand, check out our New Zealand map and discover the abundant and varied regions of this beautiful country. The hardest thing about organising a conference in New Zealand is choosing which stunning city or town you would like to visit first!
Our Culture

New Zealand and New Zealanders are constantly creating and redefining their own culture. What is a New Zealander? Where does this small country fit on the world stage? How can we make a name for ourselves internationally? And while doing this, how can we continue to protect our small, wonderful country? 

Maori culture is a pivotal part of the New Zealand experience. Maori culture remains tribal based, yet all Maori share a common bond with their love of the land and sea (seen as sacred), their history, and their traditions - their arts and crafts, song, dance, myths and legends. Hangi feasts (steaming food under the earth!) are also a key aspect of Maori culture and the Maori spirit of hospitality and sharing. Include a genuine hangi feast as your New Zealand conference dinner - there’s no better way to experience our truly unique cuisine. 

Sport is an enormous part of New Zealand life. Competitive and resilient by nature, New Zealanders are always in favour of a good fair competition, most famously of course on the rugby field. The world renowned All Blacks are admired globally (and intensely in their own country!). If your New Zealand conference delegates are rugby fans, visit the excellent Rugby Museum in Palmerston North or time your event with a rugby match at one of our world-class stadiums! 

It's not all about sport in the land of the long white cloud. The arts have been given much priority in recent years. Artists, musicians, dancers, actors and directors are all making a name for themselves at home and abroad. Your New Zealand conference delegates will love exploring the many art galleries of local delights. 

The Lord of the Rings trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, Whale Rider directed by Niki Caro and other popular movies have put New Zealand’s film industry on the map internationally and conference delegates can even tour Middle Earth and Mount Doom during their travels! 

New Zealander’s are known worldwide for their generous hospitality and their friendliness. CINZ encourages you to organise your next conference here in one of New Zealand’s beautiful regions.
Our History

It is said that around 800 AD a Polynesian explorer named Kupe discovered New Zealand. Many people arrived in large Waka (canoes) from Kupe’s home country Hawaiki (an island in today’s French Polynesia named Ra’iatea), bringing their distinct Polynesian culture with them. They called the land Aotearoa - land of the long white cloud.

European discovery was much later, in 1642. Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted the west coast of New Zealand, but was dissuaded from landing for longer when members of his crew were captured, killed and eaten!

In 1769, Captain James Cook, on his boat the Endeavour, circled the North and South Islands. Rather than being put off by violent contact with the Maori people, he was inspired by their courage and saw the possibilities for this new land. Captain James Cook claimed it for Great Britain.

The British began colonising New Zealand in the 1830’s, putting the country under the rule of New South Wales in Australia until 1841. As more settlers arrived into New Zealand however, the country demanded its own rule to deal with land deals and disputes between Pakeha settlers and local Maori.

In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed to clarify who governed the land, with the British offering protection from the British Empire in exchange for land. Yet tension continued to build, with wars eventually breaking out, often over land, in Taranaki Waikato and on the East Coast of the North Island. The battles eventually died out by around the 1870s.

In the early 1900s, New Zealand still fell under the dominion of the British Empire, but by 1947 it had gained its independence. The discovery of gold in the late 1800s drove many new immigrants to New Zealand and many gold mining townships sprung up. After the 'gold rush' had waned, many settlers took up various forms of farming, with the aim of creating a country that could operate in its own right.

New Zealand society in the 1900s pioneered many social reforms, including being the first country to give women the vote. We sought to encourage a classless society.

Legend has it that New Zealand was fished from the sea. Fact has it that New Zealand was the last land mass on earth to be discovered, making New Zealand the youngest country on earth.

Incorporate our fascinating history into your New Zealand conference or convention! In every reigon of New Zealand, there are wonderful historic venues to discover. For a you could include a tour of the exceptional Te Papa Museum or tour our Parliament building, known as The Beehive! In Northland, you could take a tour of the sacred Waitangi Treaty Grounds, for an inside look into the treaty which formed New Zealand as a country, or feel the sacred presence inside a carved Maori meeting house (marae.) The options are truly endless, and will make for a memorable and unique New Zealand conference. 
Our People

The population of New Zealand is just over 4.2 million people, with around 80% living in cities. New Zealand boasts a rich culture of indigenous Maori. This is entwined with the more recent migratory groups from the United Kingdom, other European countries, as well as a range of Pacific Island peoples and more recently significant Asian migration. 

Known as Kiwis, (after our iconic, flightless and endangered native bird), we are known to be stereotypically mad about sport, passionate about the arts and some of the most welcoming and hospitable people in the world. This makes New Zealand a business tourism centre, with friendly prefessional conference organisers ready and willing to help you to plan your next New Zealand event. 

Hūtia te rito o te harakeke. Kei hea te kōmako e kō? 
Kī mai nei ki ahau. He aha te mea nui ki tēnei ao? 
Māku e kī atu. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

If you were to pluck out the centre of the flax bush, where would the bellbird sing? 
If you were to ask me "What is the most important thing in the world?" 
I would reply, "That it is people, people, people." 
Traditional Maori proverb

Our Cuisine

New Zealand cuisine is diverse, creative and ever evolving. New Zealand cuisine takes its inspiration from the Pacific Rim, relying on its traditions from Britain and new ideas from Europe and Asia. We can offer your New Zealand conference delegate's taste buds any number of new taste sensations. Enjoy fresh seasonal produce, the most mouth-watering seafood fresh daily from the Pacific Ocean, artisan breads and cheeses, organic and farm-raised prime New Zealand beef and pork, highland Venison and much, much more. New Zealand offers an exceptional array of international standard restaurants. Imagine a fully- catered New Zealand conference or event where every dish is memorable and unique, and prepared from locally-sourced ingredients. Matching our distinct cuisine, is an international award-winning wine industry, producing trophy Sauvignon Blanc and many other winning varietals. Hold a New Zealand conference in one of many stunning vineyards - your delegates will love it! Relatively new to New Zealanders, coffee has become an obsession for many Kiwis. Finding the right blend, making the best Flat White and combining it with the most scrumptious treat has become a nationwide passion. Wellington and Auckland are known for their great range of funky cafes and supreme espresso coffee. Take a break from your New Zealand meeting and enjoy a cup of our finest! Make sure you take the opportunity to sample some of the exceptional flavours on offer that make New Zealand cuisine and wine so highly regarded and so unique.