Auckland Business Travel Guide
30th June 2017
AUCKLAND BUSINESS TRAVEL GUIDE
Wynward Quarter, Auckland. Photo Credit: Julian Apse, Visuals New Zealand
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most populous city. With a wide range of world class accommodation, meeting venues and dining options available, it is the ideal location for business travellers. There are also many great activities and attractions to experience in your free time, both in the city centre and throughout the Auckland region.
If you’re planning a business trip to Auckland, below are some useful tips about the dynamic city. This short guide will cover important information about Auckland conference venues and accommodation, along with advice about things to do, places to eat and how to get around the city.
Auckland Conference and Meeting Venues
Auckland is one of the Pacific’s most popular business convention locations and accordingly offers a range of world-class conference and meeting venues. These include large conference venues such as the Aotea Centre and smaller, charming spaces like the historic Auckland Town Hall. Other great conference venues include Fairway conference centre, ANZ Viaduct Events Centre and Crowne Plaza.
There is a wide range of excellent accommodation throughout Auckland, from cheap motels to large, luxurious hotels. Some of Auckland’s best accommodation options for business travellers include the Hilton Auckland and the Rendezvous Hotel, which are both located close to the city centre. For shorter business stays in Auckland or flying visits, a number of hotels and motels are located in close proximity to the airport.
Mahurangi, Auckland. Photo Credit: Miles Holden, Visuals New Zealand
As one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Auckland boasts a large variety of dining options offering a range of different cuisines. The Soul Bar and Bistro on Viaduct Harbour is a great spot for business lunches, while Euro Bar and Restaurant on Princes Wharf offers an impressive choice of fine dining options. Other favourite restaurants amongst business travellers include the Grove on Saint Patricks Square, the fusion Japanese/European cuisine at Kazuya on Symonds Street, and the Italian at Prego on Ponsonby Road.
Getting Around Auckland
Getting into the city from the airport is about a $50 taxi ride. There is also a shuttle and a regular bus service called the Link. If you are planning to use taxis to get around in the city, it is best to book by phone as calling a cab on the street is not usually done.
Rental cars are available at Auckland Airport from a number of trusted local and international providers, while further rental car depots are located throughout the city centre, only a short walk from accommodation options.
Auckland is also well served by a public transport system comprised of trains, buses and ferries using a common ticket system. If you’re intending to make use of Auckland’s public transport system, it’s worth purchasing the citywide transport card (AT HOP card) as it makes travelling both faster and cheaper. Between buses, trains and ferries, there are few places in Auckland that aren’t accessible via public transport.
Things to do in Auckland
Sky Tower, Auckland. Photo Credit: Mark Downey, Visuals New Zealand
If you have any spare time on your trip, make sure to check out some popular Auckland attractions such as Auckland Museum, Auckland Art Gallery or the Sky Tower. If you’re looking for adventurous things to do in Auckland, you could try the SkyJump or SkyWalk at the Sky Tower. It’s also worth heading down to one of the city’s gorgeous beaches like Mission Bay, which is just a short trip from the city centre. In this picturesque area there are some great places to eat, and loads of exciting things to do like kayaking, paddle boarding, biking and rollerblading.
General Auckland Information
The New Zealand dollar is the local currency. Practically every business in Auckland accept credit and debit cards, so it’s a good idea to only carry a minimal amount of cash on hand.
Auckland enjoys a temperate, coastal climate with an average daily temperature of 23-degrees Celsius in summer, and a lack of any extremes of temperature.
Summers in Auckland are usually warm with high levels of humidity, while winters are generally mild with a fair amount of rainfall. Periods of frequent rain are experienced throughout the year but occur most commonly in winter (June, July, August).