Travel and Accommodation

Language, Education and Diversity Conference
Auckland Sky Tower

Auckland – the City of Sails

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most multiethnic city, with strong Maori and Pasifika traditions and communities, and a wider population of 1.5 million.

Why visit Auckland?

  • A superb conference of world-class standard plus…
  • A unique harbour city in the Pacific region with spectacular scenery
  • White sandy beaches on the east coast, or black sandy beaches on the west coast
  • Untouched native bush within easy access of city for walking or tramping
  • Cultural exhibitions by the Maori and Pacific people of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Great shopping…international labels & local designers
  • World class restaurants for foodies…
  • World class wineries in picturesque countryside
  • Adventure tourism, take the plunge with a bungy jump or sail the islands of the gulf, walk the harbour bridge, dive the marine reserves…
  • Art with a difference, souvenirs with style…
  • And much more…

November and December are delightful late spring/early summer months, typically with warm, settled weather. Plan your visit to New Zealand with the help of the following websites:

Conference Venue

The University of Auckland Business School
Owen G Glenn Building
12 Grafton Road
New Zealand

For details on the location, parking and public transport to the Business School, visit Business school website.


Many travel options to Auckland City are available. If you are travelling by air, you will arrive into the Auckland International Airport, to the south of the city, and will need to make your way to the city centre.

To and from the Auckland Airport


Preferred Conference Accommodation Options

Special conference rates are available for conference participants at the hotels listed below.

The rates are only available for 22nd – 26th November. Nights outside of these dates can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed at the special conference rates. Be sure to get in early! Bookings are subject to availability.

You can book your accommodation as part of the registration process for the conference.

Room rates are in New Zealand dollars (NZD) and include goods and services tax (GST) of 15%.

The Pullman Hotelroom4

Corner Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland 1010

Superior King or Twin room – $215 per night (room only). Please note, your credit card details are required to secure your reservation. You are not required to pay a deposit. Your hotel will charge the full cost of your stay upon check out.
Guest check in 2pm, check out 11am

Bathed in natural light, relax room5in your warm and inviting Superior King/Twin room complete with complimentary wifi and luxury health club and spa access. Equipped with a 32 inch LCD TV, work area, tea making facilities and air-conditioning.

Pullman Auckland is located in the heart of Auckland, overlooking the historic Albert Park and Waitemata Harbour, Pullman is a place where modern-day adventurers, nomads, and long-haul travellers drop their bags and put up their feet. The hotel is located in the heart of the CBD at the top of Shortland Street, only 40 minutes from the Auckland Domestic/International Airport. The hotel has a heated lap pool, sauna, spa pool, steam room and gym facilities.

Copthorne Auckland City

150 Anzac Avenue, Auckland 1010

room6Superior room – $158 per night (room only). Please note, your credit card details are required to secure your reservation. You are not required to pay a deposit. Your hotel will charge the full cost of your stay upon check out.
Guest check in 2pm, check out 10am

Make yourself at home at the Copthorne Hotel, in an air-conditioned room featuring a refrigerator, LCD television, and private balcony. Cable programming provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge.

With a stay at Copthorne Hotel Auckland City, you’ll be centrally located in Auckland, steps from St Andrew’s First Presbysterian Church and Auckland High Court. This 4-star hotel is close to University of Auckland and Sky Tower and only 40 minutes from the Auckland Domestic/International Airport.

University Hall

30 Whitaker Place, Auckland 1010

students2Single room $80 per night (room and breakfast). Full payment is required to secure your reservation by Friday 2 October 2015.
Guest check in 2pm, check out 10am

The room rate is for a single room and breakfast. Rooms have a king single bed, linen, pillow, duvet, towel, study desk, chair and access to shared bathroom facilities. Breakfast (continental only) is available from 7 – 9am. Wifi is available throughout the Hall.

University Hall is located in the heart of the CBD, only 40 minutes from the Auckland Domestic/International Airport. There is no parking available on site, but there is parking nearby (parking maps available at reception). Please click here for a full information sheet.

ACCOMMODATION CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be notified in writing, by fax or email to your hotel. Please contact your hotel directly regarding their cancellation policy.

Applying for a visitor visa or permit

Visa Information

All overseas visitors are required to have a valid passport and, with the exception of delegates from a visa-waiver country, are required to have the appropriate visa. For information on obtaining a visa, including necessary funds and health requirements, please visit: to find out visa requirements for your country. We recommend that you allow for a minimum of 2 months to have your visa processed by Immigration New Zealand or the applicable New Zealand embassy or consulate in your country of residence.

PLEASE NOTE: The conference organiser will NOT issue individual visa letters or letters of invitation to the conference. Once you have registered to attend the conference, you will receive a registration confirmation email. You can use this email, a copy of your invoice/receipt and your registration record to support your visa application.

Transiting through Australia

If your flight has a stop-over in Australia, you may be required to obtain a transit visa. Please visit or contact your nearest Australian Embassy for more information.

For questions regarding visa applications and related matters, please contact Immigration New Zealand directly at, or contact your nearest New Zealand embassy.