General Info

Biosecurity

New Zealand has a national biosecurity system that is considered one of the most robust in the world.

Car Rental

We encourage you to take advantage of corporate rates through Avis Rent a Car. Just call the local Avis office on 0800 284 722 and quote the booking reference number: AWD Z994400

Climate

Auckland has a warm-temperate climate with typical daytime temperatures ranging from 12 – 20 degrees Celsius in April

Currency/Banking

The currency used is New Zealand dollar. Banking hours are usually 0900 -1600hrs, Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines are well spread throughout Auckland. International credit cards are accepted throughout the country banks, most hotels and city stores

Disclosure of Registration Information

If you do not wish your details to be provided to sponsors or other delegates, please tick the appropriate box on the registration form

Dress

Dress for all sessions is business casual. Dress for the Conference Dinner is Black tie or Lounge Suit

Electricity

New Zealand uses a 240 volt 50 cycle system with 3 pin flat plugs (see picture)

Good and Services Tax

Goods and Services in New Zealand are subject to a 15% tax (GST). This tax is usually included in the price and if not, it is clearly stated. This tax cannot be claimed back by visitors, when leaving the country

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover the duration of your visit to New Zealand and to protect against cancellation charges, loss or damage to your luggage and personal effects, loss of cash and medical expenses

IPBA Membership

If you are interested in becoming an IPBA member, please visit the website at https://ipba.org/.

Name Badges

Name badges will be given to all delegates on registration. We ask that you wear your badge at all times, including social functions. Entry tickets will be given for all social and optional events

Parking

Ample parking is available in the SKYCITY main site car park.  Your parking ticket can be validated on Level 4 for discounted parking. Visit the SkyCity Convention Centre website for more information

Special Requirements

Every effort will be made to ensure delegates with special needs are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance, or catering please give details required on your registration form

Transport

A taxi fare from the Auckland Airport to the city centre is around $90 one way. Taxi ranks are located outside the arrivals area (door 8) at the international terminal. You can pre-book your taxi on the website or just turn up at the terminal ranks – taxis are always available.
Super Shuttle offers a shared ride option. The approximate cost for the trip from the airport to the city is $35 one way for one person. The shuttles operate from the Shuttle rank at the airport (not the taxi rank) located outside the arrivals area (door 8). Bookings can be made on the Super Shuttle website or just turn up at the terminal ranks

Time Zone

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

Travel

If your travel itinerary includes a transit stop in Australia you may need an Australian Transit Visa. Failure to obtain this visa in advance of your travel may result in you being unable to board your aircraft

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand

Visa Information

All visitors to New Zealand must have a passport which is valid for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand. Visa information and the visa application form are available on www.immigration.govt.nz. If you require a Visitor’s Visa, please allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing.

Chinese Delegates

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment in New Zealand have a number of agencies in China who can assist with VISA arrangements which are specific to Visitors or Conference delegates.

Business Events 商务活动

If your organization is intending to send staff or management to New Zealand to attend a meeting, conference or exhibition, or as part of an incentive reward programme, the following agencies have been selected by Immigration New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand to receive streamlined visa processing for business events visitors.

Streamlined Visa Processing for Selected Loyalty Members

Immigration New Zealand has established partnerships with the below organizations, offering streamlined visitor visa processes for members who are able to demonstrate that they meet certain qualifying criteria.

Air New Zealand – Gold Elite, Gold or Silver Airpoints Cardholders – Visa Application Checklist
China Southern Airlines – Gold or Silver Status Cardholders – Visa Application Checklist
China UnionPay – Diamond or Platinum status credit card holders – Visa Application Checklist

Visa Waiver Countries

Citizens of some countries do not need to apply for a visa before travelling to New Zealand, view the list of visa waiver countries.

If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you do not need to apply for a visa to visit New Zealand but you must:

  • Hold a valid ticket from New Zealand to a country where you have the right of entry
  • Have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand
  • Hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you intend leaving New Zealand
  • Remain in New Zealand only for the time granted on your arrival

APEC Business Travel Card

Fast and efficient travel for business people within the APEC region contributes to APEC’s goal of free and open trade and investment. To this end APEC has created an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC). The ABTC allows business travellers pre-cleared, facilitated short-term entry to participating member economies. The ABTC removes the need to individually apply for visas or entry permits, saving valuable time, and allows multiple entries into participating economies during the three years the card is valid. Card holders also benefit from faster immigration processing on arrival via access to fast-track entry and exit through special APEC lanes at major airports in participating economies.

The ABTC also helps to enhance border integrity and security in participating economies by providing benefits to border agencies as it increases the number of low risk travellers since each applicant is checked against ‘watch lists’ of other participating economies. Therefore, it carries savings not only for business people but for governments, too.

APEC member economies fully participating in the scheme include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Canada and the United States are transitional members of the scheme.

Canada and the United States are transitional members of the scheme. Canada is still working towards issuing cards to its own citizens. In the United States, legislation has been passed authorizing the issuance of ABTCs to eligible persons. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is in the process of commencing card issuance.

Since the creation of the scheme, in 1997, data indicates that the growth rate has continued to accelerate steadily. In 2007 the increase in applications received by the participating economies was more than 100% on a year-on-year basis. By March 2008, the active number of cards was more than 34,000, with the highest share reported by Australia (nearly 40% of the total amount issued).

In addition, according to the APEC Policy Support Unit study on “The Impact of Business Mobility in Reducing Trade Transaction Costs in APEC”, the ABTC scheme reduced transaction costs for ABTC holders by 38% between March-July 2010 and March-July 2011, representing a total savings of USD3.7 million. Total at-the-border immigration time savings experienced by ABTC holders for the period March-July 2010 through March-July 2011 is 62,413 hours, a monetary value of USD1.9 million.