Pre and Post-Conference Tours
We’ve put together a selection of pre and post conference spoke tours to give you a taster for Auckland and the surrounding area - scenery, adventure, hospitality and more. All tour information is below and can be purchased as part of your overall conference registration.
Pre-Conference Tours - Monday 10 February, 2019
Maori Ngati Whatua Orakei cultural experience
Auckland from a new perspective
Discover the significance of the dormant volcano Maungawhau (Mount Eden), which stands proudly above Auckland City. Once a thriving pā (Māori strategic stronghold), your kaiarahi (guide) will bring the mountain to life with stories, passed down through generations, as you explore the terraces and ascend the mountain. At the mountain summit, the highest geographical point in Auckland, views of the Manukau and Waitematā harbours, Rangitoto and beyond will take your breath away. Hear the story of how Auckland CBD came to stand where it is today, and the historical tale of how the mountain came to be. At the conclusion of the 90 minute guided walking experience with your kaiarahi (guide), board your coach and continue, with your with coach tour guide, on a tour of Auckland en-route to AUT.
Specific Notes: There is some walking from the car park to the summit required.
Time: approximately 9.15 am - 12.30 pm
Cost: $125 per person
Harbour cruise, lunch & maritime museum tour
Guided tour of the fascinating New Zealand Maritime Museum Scenic, lunch and harbour cruise
The New Zealand Maritime Museum provides a fascinating glimpse into New Zealand's wonderful relationship with the sea as explorers and every day New Zealanders. With a team of passionate and knowledgeable staff and volunteers, they share New Zealand’s history and inspirational stories throughout their extensive galleries, exhibitions, programmes and on-water experiences. At the conclusion of the guided tour of the New Zealand Maritime Museum enjoy lunch (main and dessert) at a local restaurant. Beverages are not included with lunch.
After lunch escape the city centre bustle and cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Informative commentary as you cruise on the harbour, along with views of four major Auckland icons - the Harbour Bridge, Rangitoto Island, Bean Rock and the Sky Tower - and much more!
At the end of the harbour cruise delegates are free to self-explore the waterfront area, or make their way back up to AUT via the High and Lorne side streets and their many different shops.
Time: approximately 9.45 am - 3.15 pm
Cost: $215 per person
Discover tea tour
A very unique and fascinating experience
New Zealand is the last place you would expect to find a tea plantation. But 90 minutes south of Auckland is New Zealand's only tea plantation located in rural Waikato. Waikato is home to Zealong Tea, a Pacific Garden of Eden where tea grows naturally, free of chemical sprays or fertilizers. Pure air, pure sunshine, pure water and fertile soil gives Zealong Tea a remarkable freshness in flavor and fragrance that excites even the most jaded tea drinker. Zealong is the world's only tea company fully certified to the world's highest food safety standard: ISO 22000 HACCP. At Zealong learn the fascinating story behind Zealong, see how tea is made, experience a traditional tea ceremony, explore tea's rich history and culture and pose for a souvenir photo in traditional tea picking garb. Enjoy a delicious high tea (light lunch with one tea included. Additional beverages at cost) in the restaurant at the Estate and drink the world's purest Oolong tea as you gaze out across the tea plantation.
The story of Zealong is the story of Vincent Chen's dream. A dream that started with a camellia tree back in 1996. Vincent had recently arrived in new Zealand with his family and one day his father noticed a camellia tree thriving in the neighbor's garden. A tea drinker, Mr Chen senior, knew tea was a kind of camellia. Talking with Vincent, he suggested maybe tea could grow in the Waikato too. Vincent realized this could be a way to put down roots in his adopted country - literally - and his dream was born. It has taken Vincent 16 years to realize his dream and the hurdles have been, and continue to be, numerous. But his focus on producing the world's purest tea in new Zealand is beginning to pay off, as people all around the world taste and appreciate the purity of Zealong tea.
At the conclusion of the Zealong Estate experience travel back to AUT.
Time: approximately 7.15 am - 1.30 pm
Cost: $220 per person
Post-Conference Tours - Friday 14 February, 2019
waiheke island tour
Stunning scenery, white sand beaches, local art work & beer/wine/olive oil tastings
Delegates to meet the tour manager at Pier 2, Auckland ferry terminal, Quay Street.
Sail on board the 10.00 am ferry from Auckland and travel to Waiheke Island with the tour guide. When Aucklander's talk of an island paradise they are referring to Waiheke Island which is 40 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland. With a permanent population of around 9,000 people Waiheke Island is home to over 30 wineries, along with olive groves and dozens of local and internationally renowned artists. On this picturesque island there is a blend of farmland, forest and stunning beaches. With hot, dry summers and stony soils, Waiheke wineries produce unique, high quality wines based on cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and the recent move into chardonnay grape varieties.
Highlights today will include lunch (main and dessert. No beverages included with lunch) at a local winery, free time at Onetangi Beach, beer and wine tasting, olive oil tasting, free time at Oneroa town centre (we suggest meeting a local artist, visiting Waiheke Community Arts Centre or just explore the area). Some delegates may also like to stay on Waiheke Island for dinner (dinner not included in the price). All delegates will have been given round-trip ferry tickets so they can return to Auckland whenever they like, otherwise, the coach will drop you back in time for the 5.30 pm return sailing. On arrival back to Auckland ferry terminal delegates are free to self-explore the bustling waterfront or Britomart areas.
Time: approximately 9.40 am - 6.10 pm
Cost: $265 per person
Hobbiton day tour
Visit the largest "green" movie set in the world
Drive from Auckland through “middle-earth” to the Hobbiton Movie Set from "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films for a fascinating guided tour.
On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response with a movie set in a natural setting. You see 44 hobbit holes including Bilbo's house, "Bag End", the Mill and double arch bridge and the Party Tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bag End, looking out over the whole of Hobbiton to the hills in the distance. The guided tour concludes with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn where you will enjoy a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer and lunch with tea or coffee (additional beverages are not included) in the marquee alongside the Green Dragon Inn.
After lunch travel back to AUT.
Time: approximately 7.30 am - 3.45 pm
Cost: $285 per person
Waitomo Caves and Rotorua day tour
Visit 2 iconic North Island destinations
Depart Auckland and travel south through the dairy country of Waikato to Waitomo Caves. Participate in a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo limestone formations and cave systems to see the shimmering lights of thousands of tiny glow worms. En-route to Rotorua enjoy a morning snack after pick up and picnic lunch on board the coach before arriving at the Agrodome. At the Agrodome learn about sheep shearing and New Zealand farming at the followed by a guided tour of Te Puia with viewing boiling mud pools, hot springs and magnificent geysers. Also at Te Puia visit the Maori wood carving school, the Maori weaving school and the Kiwi nocturnal house and enjoy a Maori cultural performance. You’ll also be provided with a morning snack, picnic lunch and evening snack to enjoy on the coach.
Time: approximately 7.00 am - 8.15 pm. Time will vary depending on the final pick up schedule.
Cost: $367 per person
Specific Notes: Delegates will be asked prior to the tour their accommodation providers to assist in tour pick up logistics. A pick up schedule for the CBD will be distributed before the tour. Bookings for this are advised to be made as soon as possible as the tour is exceptionally popular and February is the busiest tourism month in New Zealand. If the minimum number of delegate bookings isn’t met by Friday 7 February, 2020, for the private CAUTHE tour, the tour organisers will look to secure places on the public tour, subject to availability. If places are not available, we will either look to book you in one of the other post-conference tours, or offer a full refund of the fee paid.
All prices are inclusive of GST and are in NZD.
Dates and times are in New Zealand standard time.