. This metropolis sits between two yacht-filled harbours (hence the nickname "City of Sails")and is surrounded by volcanic domes, rainforest on the west and beacheson either side. It’s this unparalelled landscape that supplies so manyinteresting metropolitan, outdoor and on-the-water ways to fill yourdays here.
Central Business District (CBD) is where you’ll findcutting-edge America’s Cup racing sailboats, waterfront nightlife andall kids of dining and shopping. Radiating out from the CBD are theneighbourhoods of Parnell, Newmarket, Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Devonport andMt Eden. Get to the top of any one of
’s 48 volcanic domes for abird’s eye panorama and plan your city adventure.
Accident & Emergency Medical & Dental CentresAuckland City Hospital, 24hr A&E and pharmacy
Park Road, Grafton. Phone: 379 7440.Ascot Hospital 24hr A&E and pharmacy
Greenlane Road East, Remuera. Phone: 520 9555.Ponsonby Accident & Emergency Dental Unit
202 Ponsonby Road. Phone: 09 376 9222.
Banks & ATMS
Trading banks are normally open Monday-Friday, from 9am-4.30pm. Thereare ATMs (money machines) and exchange facilities at most banks in thecentral city.
- Victoria Street, Cnr Victoria & Kitchener Streets.
- Civic Underground, Carpark access off Mayoral Drive.
- SKYCITY Cnr Federal & Victoria Streets. Carpark access off Nelson Street. Phone: 363 6000.
EmergenciesPolice, Fire and Ambulance
. Phone 111.Auckland Central Police Station
(located at the corner of Cook and Vincent Streets). Phone: 302 6400.
Level 17, IAG House, 151 Queen Street, Auckland
. Phone: 303 2973Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany
Level 11, 41 Shortland Street Auckland
1010. Phone: 375 8718
Consular Agency of Italy
1102 Kitchener Road, Milford, Auckland
. Phone: 489 9632
Consulate-General of Japan
Level 12, ASB Bank Centre, 135 Albert Street, Auckland
. Phone: 303 4106
Consulate of the Netherlands
1st Floor, Equitable House, 57 Symonds Street, Auckland
. Phone: 379 5399
Consulate of Sweden
6 Renall Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland
. Phone: 373 5332
Consulate-General of the United States of America
Level 3, Citibank Centre, 23 Customs Street East, Corner Commerce Street, Auckland
. Phone: 303 2724
Foreign Exchange Dealers & Money Brokers
There are a number of foreign exchange bureaux around the central city as well as the major banking corporations. ANZ Bureau De Change
95 Queen Street, Auckland
. Phone: 09 300 1990 Thomas Cook (NZ) Ltd - Bureau De Change
34 Queen St, Auckland
. Phone: 377 2666
Travelex Financial Services (NZ) Ltd
Level 5, Financial Plaza, 92/96 Albert St, Auckland
. Phone: 359 5200
A Goods & Services Tax (GST) of 15% is applied to the cost of all goods and services in New Zealand, except for purchases at duty-free shops.
Library Auckland Central Library
46 Lorne Street, Auckland
Open 9.30am-8pm, Monday to Friday; 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Phone: 377 0209
When phoning Auckland
numbers from out of town, dial 09 first.
Local calls from a Telecom payphone cost 70c a call.
You can use a Telecom PhoneCard or any major credit card on any payphone. Many also take coins and 500 payphones have a modem port for internet access.
- AT&T direct 000 911
- National directory 018
- International directory 0172
- National tolls 010
- International tolls 0170
Postal Services Auckland City Post Shop
23 Customs Street. Open Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-2pm.
Freephone: 0800 501 501 NZ Post & Post Restante
Wellesley Street West. Open Monday to Friday 7.30am-5.30pm. Not open Saturday.
Public Transport Auckland
’s key transport hub is the Britomart Centre, at the downtown end of Queen Street. For bus, train and ferry information contact . Phone: 09-914 8431 or visit http://britomart.org/
Visitor Information Auckland i-SITE Visitor Centre - Lower Queens Street
Corner Queen Street and Quay Street, Auckland
. Open 9am-5pm, 7 days.
Phone: 09 365 9914 Auckland i-SITE Visitor Centre - SKYCITY
SKYCITY, Corner Victoria Street and Federal Street, Auckland
. Open Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm.
Phone: 09 365 9918 Auckland i-SITE Visitor Centre - International Airport
Arrivals Hall, Auckland International Airport, Auckland
. Open Mon-Sun, 6am-10pm.
Phone: 09 365 9925
A dynamic, multi-cultural city set in a natural paradise, Auckland offers the ideal setting to meet all the demands of your next business event. Although it’s a large-scale city, the great thing about Auckland is that there are some wonderful wilderness escapes just half an hour’s drive from the CBD. That means you can take in an evening show in the central city and, the very next morning, be canyoning down a rainforest waterfall or sipping bubbly over breakfast on an idyllic holiday island.
Here are just a few of the things that make Auckland a great place to do business:
Auckland’s diversity is a boon for business event organisers. Venues for conferences and meetings include two large purpose-built convention centres –Auckland Convention Centre at THE EDGE® and SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre – along with dozens of hotels, boutique properties and heritage sites.
In Manukau City, TelstraClear Pacific provides a unique venue for everyone, bringing together art, culture, leisure and business.
A myriad of off-site venues means creating a unique and memorable event is easy. Options include a progressive dinner in the galleries of the Auckland Museum, exclusive use of the private Kelliher island estate in the Manukau Harbour, a grand affair in the opulent Civic Theatre, a banquet in the historic surroundings of Auckland Zoo’s old elephant house or even a lavish cocktail party in a boat shed. Auckland is also New Zealand’s oldest winemaking district so there are plenty of vineyards, many with stylish cafés and restaurants attached.
A Prime Waterfront Setting
Auckland straddles a narrow isthmus between two spectacular harbours, so there are some excellent waterfront options for venues and activities. Some of the stunning function spaces include the newly refurbished The Wharf at the base of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum – right next door to the bars and restaurants of the Viaduct Harbour.
Terrific Team Building Options
The range of options is infinite for activities, team-building and partner programmes. You can:
- Sail on an America’s Cup racing yacht or join a whale and dolphin watching safari with Explore NZ
- Don an apron at Auckland Fish Market Seafood School and cook up a storm.
- Take the plunge off the Sky Tower with SkyJump or take the thrilling SkyWalk around the outside of Sky Tower’s famous pergola.
- Cruise to beautiful Waiheke with Fullers for a tour of the island's award-winning vineyards and a visit to an olive farm.
- Enjoy a round of golf at Formosa Golf Resort or a quad bike ride through the forest.
- Swim with the sharks or rays and watch the penguins at play, at Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World
- Join a high-flying adventure in the canopy of Woodhill Forest with Tree Adventures
- Breakfast on the Auckland Harbour Bridge then walk it off with a Bridge Climb or bungy jump.
Auckland has a rich Maori and Pacific Island cultural heritage, so it’s easy to add a Polynesian flavour to the proceedings. Your delegates can learn to do the haka, watch a cultural performance (and be taught some moves) or sample the indigenous food. The TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre can host Pacific-themed events or banquets for up to 1400 people.
Superb Support Services
Auckland’s business event support services are second-to-none, with catering, theming, audio-visual and event management expertise on hand. All this in the best-connected city in the country, with the largest international airport and efficient transport networks.
Images courtesy of:
Rydges Auckland, Fullers, Explore NZ, Auckland Fish Market Seafood School, SkyWalk
Thanks to Auckland Business Tourism Bureau for supplying editorial.