Auckland is of one the world’s most liveable cities. It is the largest city in New Zealand and enjoys urban culture along with exquisite cuisines, fashion and music. Auckland provides an idyllic environment with many islands nearby to set you in the mood to sit back and relax. The city fringe suburbs also have excellent restaurants, beaches and ferries to scenic islands.
The CIE 48 conference will be held at the University of Auckland “Science Centre” Building 301, 23 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010.
How to get to the venue :
Auckland’s public transport system is a good way to explore the city. You can choose between the bus, train or ferry. We recommend the AT Hop card which is a prepay reusable smart card. The AT Hop card can be used for travel in buses, trains and ferries and enables you to easily tag-on and off. More information about the Hop card can be found at this link.
If you are travelling from the Airport towards the city you can take the Sky Bus. During peak times it departs every 10 to 15 mins. The Sky Bus timetable and fares can be found at this link.
All major suburbs around Auckland are well connected to the central city. Britomart station serves as Auckland’s central transport hub and is located at the lower-end of Queen St. To reach the Science Centre you can first head into town and take an outbound bus to reach the University or take a suitable bus on your way in. The major bus routes in the southern, eastern and western lines stop right in front of the Science centre.
Weather in Auckland :
A true Aucklander always carries an umbrella. Weather in Auckland varies by the hour. It is always a good idea to check the weather forecast before leaving your home. You can check out this link for more details.
Internet and phone coverage :
Auckland provides a lot of public WiFi hotspots for free (Usually up to 30 minutes a day). You can look out for “AucklandWiFi@Tomizone”. Most public libraries also provide free WiFi. Major networks available in New Zealand are 2 Degrees, Spark, Skinny and Vodafone. They do provide value plans depending on how long you wish to stay. More details on this can be found at this link.
Things to do in Auckland :
Auckland provides a wide variety of day tours which are fun-filled and adventurous. Possible activities include:
- Shopping at the Auckland Central
- Admire the exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery
- Guided walking tours on Rangitoto Island
- Explore the Auckland Museum: Learn about the history and tradition of the Maori culture, the early settlement of Auckland and the biodiversity of New Zealand
- Bungee jump off the Sky Tower or the Auckland Harbour Bridge
- Explore the wildlife sanctuaries in the Hauraki Gulf (e.g. Tiritiri Matangi and Rotoroa Island)
- Wine Tasting at Matakana and Waiheke Island
- Hike on the dormant volcanic island of Rangitoto
- Take a trip out of town to visit one of the many black sand beaches west of Auckland
- Try surfing, paddleboarding, sailing or kayaking