Business Events News
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:
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.
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.
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)