Busi­ness Events News

Travel Bulletin - - CONTENTS - By Nathalie Craig

Auck­land is a top pick for any­one look­ing to host a busi­ness events func­tion in the land of the long white cloud. Framed by two har­bours, this well po­si­tioned city is also New Zealand’s largest with a pop­u­la­tion of around 1.4 mil­lion. It is renowned for its beau­ti­ful har­bours, stun­ning nat­u­ral scenery and de­li­cious din­ing op­tions. It has suc­cess­fully played host to ma­jor in­ter­na­tional events and of­fers venues with theatre ca­pac­ity for up to 5,000 peo­ple. From in­ti­mate to ma­jor events there are plenty of unique spa­ces around the city to host it in­clud­ing: The Viaduct Events Cen­tre, the city-cen­tral Aotea Cen­tre, Auck­land Town Hall, The Civic, Auck­land Art Gallery, Auck­land Zoo and the QBE Sta­dium Func­tion Cen­tre. Once the hard work is done, there are a range of great ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer and sights to see. Be­low are our picks of some of the best ways to for del­e­gates to en­joy down­time and team bond­ing in the city of Auck­land:

Mount Eden

Climb­ing this an­cient vol­canic cone to dis­cover some of the best views in Auck­land is cer­tainly not an ex­pe­ri­ence you can have in any other city. Mount Eden is one of the most prom­i­nent vol­canic cones left in re­gion. Erupt­ing about 15,000 years ago from three over­lap­ping cin­der cones it formed a huge mound with a cen­tral crater. Peer­ing into the vol­canic crater it­self which is now cov­ered in tufts of vi­brant green grass is also a unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

Kelly Tarl­ton ’s Seal­ife Aquar­ium

Pay a visit to this un­der­ground wa­ter world where you can come face to face with New Zealand’s ma­rine life in­clud­ing sharks, stingrays and sea­horses. The brain­child be­hind the place is ma­rine ar­chae­ol­o­gist and diver Kelly Tarl­ton with her dis­plays show­cas­ing over 30 live an­i­mal ex­hibits, in­clud­ing the world’s largest Antarc­tic pen­guin colony. Head out onto the ice to get up close to the pen­guins and even feed them with the Pen­guin Dis­cov­ery op­tion. Those will­ing to get wet can try the Shark Dive Xtreme and the Shark Cage ex­pe­ri­ence with noth­ing but a cage be­tween you and th­ese gi­ant crea­tures of the sea.

Wa iheke Is­land

Just a 35-minute ferry ride away from Auck­land city cen­tre lies an is­land full of vine­yards, olive groves and pris­tine beaches. Kick back and en­joy a tast­ing at one of the Is­land’s 30 boutique winer­ies known for their great Bordeaux reds and roses. If a lux­ury out­ing is on the cards take a he­li­copter ride straight from Auck­land into Stonyridge Vine­yard then en­joy some gourmet pro­duce and a few glasses of wine on their ex­pan­sive yoga deck over­look­ing the vines. The gal­leries and craft bou­tiques are def­i­nitely worth a look too on this boho-style is­land.

Sky Tower

Tow­er­ing 328 me­tres above the ground Auck­land’s Sky Tower is the tallest man­made struc­ture in New Zealand. Vis­it­ing this Auck­land city sky­line icon is a must for del­e­gates with in­cred­i­ble views stretch­ing up to 80 kilo­me­tres. Three dif­fer­ent view­ing plat­forms can be reached via a glass lift. For an ex­tra thrill try the Sky­walk around the ledge or go one level fur­ther and base jump by wire off the tower.

Viaduct Har­bour

A visit to this wa­ter­front precinct is a must. The area, lined with trendy bars and gourmet res­tau­rants has hosted ma­jor events in­clud­ing Louis Vuit­ton Re­gat­tas and New Zealand Fashion Week. Take a stroll past the many lux­ury yachts bob­bing the har­bour, en­joy a ge­lato by the wa­ter or a long lunch with great views. A look in­side New Zealand’s Voy­ager Mar­itime Mu­seum is worth­while or book a char­tered cruise on the har­bour.

Sky Tower (©Ke­sara Rath­nayake) Auck­land (©Chris Mclen­nan) View of Auck­land from Mt Eden (©Den­nis Sten­bjerg)

Wai­heke Is­land (©Miles Holden)

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