Located in the North Island of New Zealand, Auckland is the largest urban area in the country with a population of around 1.6m (June 2018). Built on a narrow strip of land located between two stunning harbours, Auckland has been rated as the third most liveable city in the world (Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2016). An exhilarating mix of natural wonders and urban adventures it has been affectionally branded “The City of Sails” due to the world’s highest per capita ownership of recreational boats.

A diverse and multi-cultural city, Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. The Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki (pronounced [ˈtaːmaki]) or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning "Tāmaki with a hundred lovers", in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions. It was a place fought over for its vast riches, including its forested hills, productive volcanic soils and harbours full of seafood.

Discover world-class shopping, dining and entertainment in the city centre. Splurge on designer fashion, indulge in Pacific-Rim cuisine overlooking the harbour and discover buzzing waterfront precincts. The sea is right on the city’s doorstep with countless water activities and island adventures.

You can find culture in every corner of the city plus exciting events including musicals, festivals, concerts and international sports. Central fringe suburbs offer a variety of dining and entertainment – great shopping and coffee by day, dinner, drinks or dancing by night.


Here are some of the highlights of Auckland and its surroundings:

  • The Sky Tower with spectacular 360-degree views
  • Sky Jump - New Zealand’s highest base jump
  • Mount Eden - the city's highest volcanic cone
  • Waitemata Harbour - for sailing, jet boating, kayaking, harbour cruise or dolphin safaris
  • Viaduct Harbour - with elegant waterside restaurants and bars surrounded by yachts, cruise liners and all manner of vessels including yachts used in the America’s Cup
  • Shopping areas including Ponsonby, Parnell, Newmarket, “K” Road and Britomart Precinct.

Outside of the city centre you can also explore:

  • Wineries such as Westbrook, Mudbrick or Stonyridge
  • Waiheke Island - a short 30 minute ferry ride from the city
  • Mission Bay with white sand and amazing views of the harbour
  • Devonport Seaside Village

Image sources: Camilla Rutherford, Tourism New Zealand, Sky Walk, Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, Miles Holden



The Cordis Auckland hotel has a great location near to prestigious Upper Queen Street with colourful cafes, boutiques and designer art galleries just waiting to be discovered along vibrant Karangahape Road.

Within walking distance of the hotel, you will find some of the city’s best-known icons including Auckland Museum, Sky Tower and Auckland Art Gallery. Historic Parnell, Ponsonby and Newmarket areas are also nearby for fashionable shopping and dining.

The hotel’s address is:

Cordis Auckland
83 Symonds Street

Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Hotel website



Auckland International Airport is the country's largest and busiest airport, connecting with a large number of international and domestic destinations. The airport is located 20km south of the city centre, in the suburb of Mangere. The journey from the airport to the hotel is around 18.5km and there are several ways to travel. Auckland Airport’s website has a very useful section of information on travel options from the airport to the city centre (and back again).

You can find this travel information here.


The cost of a taxi ride from the airport to the hotel is approximately NZD 85 to 95 (USD 60 to 70) and the journey should take about 30 minutes depending on local traffic. Taxis are located outside the arrivals area (Door 8) of the international terminal and outside the Jetstar forecourt at the domestic terminal. The journey between the airport and the city centre can take considerably longer during peak traffic periods.


SkyBus is the airport-to-city bus transfer service that operates from Auckland Airport. SkyBus stops at both the Auckland Domestic and Auckland International Terminals. Services to International Airport operate 24 hours a day. Services for Domestic flights operate until the final flight lands. Airport to City transfers take approximately 40-60 minutes.

Ticket prices for the SkyBus are as follows:

In person/walk up

  • NZD 19 Adult One Way
  • NZD 36 Adult Return

Or, you can book online for discounted fares, find out more information about timetables and finding a stop closest to you.

At the airport take the Auckland City Express – Mt Eden Road route #01 service. The closest Skybus stop for the Cordis Hotel is number 7149, on Symond Street (the same street as the hotel).

Super Shuttle

The Super Shuttles are a shared transport option but with much fewer stops that a public bus would have. They can be booked as an exclusive shuttle for one or more passengers travelling together. More information on the Super Shuttles can be found on the service’s website here. If shared with other passengers they will be cheaper than a taxi. It is highly recommended that you book a Super Shuttle in advance if you wish to use this form of transport. It is sometimes possible to find one at the airport on arrival but this cannot be guaranteed.


The conference fee includes attendance at all conference sessions; all conference papers/information, conferences lunches and two conference dinners (the Welcome Reception on Tuesday 12 November and the Gala Dinner on Friday 15 November). The fee for accompanying persons includes dinner at the Welcome Reception and also at the Gala Dinner. There is an additional charge for participation in the group tours on Saturday 16 November which is a non-refundable nominal amount of GBP 30 per person to guarantee attendance.

The Conference fees listed below are in GBP (per person):

Member 2,200.00
Young Leader Programme 1,100.00
Non Member 2750.00
Subsidised member* 500.00
Organized group tours** (16 November) 30.00
Accompanying person 250.00

*This rate is available to member organizations from developing countries where the member organisation has gross premium income of less than USD 5 million.

** This non-refundable amount is purely to guarantee attendance and to prevent absence without notice.


Any cancellations received prior to 1st October 2019 will be given 90% refund. Any cancellations received on or after 1st October 2019 will be subject to the Conference fee being paid in full.


There will be an ICMIF registration desk located in the Great Room Lower Lobby on the ground floor of the Cordis Hotel. The desk will be open for conference registration on Monday 11 November, from 13.00 to 18.00 and on Tuesday 12 November from 08.00 to 18.00. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will need to register (in person or via the Conference App) in order to receive your delegate pack. Late arrivals will be able to pick up their pack on Wednesday 13 November (Conference Day One) from the ICMIF Help Desk which will be located in Pre-Function area near to the conference room (The Great Room I and II).


More information


Before travelling to New Zealand, you will need to ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:

  • A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident, or
  • A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months), or
  • Most EU member countries or
  • A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months)

If you don’t meet the criteria above, then you will need to apply for a Visitor Visa.

ICMIF will be pleased to assist with an invitation letter if required. Please complete your registration first, where you will need to share with us your details (name on passport and passport number). Once your registration is approved and paid for, we will send you your invitation visa letter.

From 1 October 2019, Passport holders of some countries and territories do not have to apply for a visa before they travel to NZ but must hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). Visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an NZeTA prior to going to New Zealand. For more information on the NZeTA, please visit Immigration New Zealand.


In order to protect New Zealand and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry, or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment. You may risk a fine if you fail to comply. Find more information here.


The month of November is in the middle of spring for New Zealand. Average daytime temperatures will be around 19 degrees Celsius (66F). When visiting Auckland, it's a good idea to pack sunglasses, sun hat and sunscreen due to New Zealand's high UV rating. Auckland is one of New Zealand sunniest regions with 2060 annual sunshine hours. However, rain showers are also possible so we would recommend bringing a raincoat or umbrella.

The weather in Auckland can be changeable as the region is influenced by weakening cyclones and cold fronts, which can also cause extreme conditions such as hailstorms. Due to the changeable Auckland weather conditions, it is recommended that you prepare for what the locals refer to as the possibility of 'four seasons in one day'.


In the weeks leading up to the 2019 Biennial Conference, delegates will be invited to download the ICMIF Conference App. This will provide delegates with full information on the agenda, speakers, timings and locations throughout the Conference as well as all the necessary practical information on hotels and the local area. The App will be used to communicate with delegates before and during the event. We highly recommended that all those who have registered to attend the Conference download the App when invited to do so (this will communicated by email in October/November 2019).


The dedicated Conference website is your main source of information regarding the 2019 ICMIF Biennial Conference. As more aspects of the conference agenda and speak line-up are confirmed this information will be added to the Conference website. Over time the website we will include more information regarding the conference theme and agenda; keynote speakers; other speakers and panellists (including a profile on each speaker); and all the latest practical information relating to the hotel, the local area and timings during the Conference. The presentations, photographs and videos from the Conference will be posted on the website soon after the event comes to a close.


New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZD). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely. Conversion rates as at December 2018 are NZD 1 = USD 0.70 = GBP 0.54 GBP.


The dress code for all conference sessions is business casual. Ties are not required but no jeans please. For the Welcome Reception it is casual attire (jeans are acceptable). For the Farewell Dinner, please dress casually (jeans/shorts are acceptable) if taking part in the “regatta” plus additional waterproof clothing will be provided at the venue but please wear trainers/deck shoes (no heels). For those not sailing, casual attire is the dress code for the evening. For social tours please wear suitable walking shoes, clothing and a light rain jacket and cap/hat is always recommended.


New Zealand's electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts and uses angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia).


Downtown Auckland has an impressive array of cafés, restaurants and bars. You can enjoy fine dining on the waterfront at Britomart; celebrity chefs’ creations on Federal Street; and ethnic cuisine on Elliot Street. The City Works Depot is a heaven for food lovers - come here for delicious lunches with a Kiwi twist and New Zealand craft beers. For nightlife head to the Viaduct Harbour, Britomart or Wynyard Quarter; all of which are within walking distance of Queen Street. Karangahape Road (‘K Road’ to the locals) is known for its alternative bars, while trendy Ponsonby (about 10 minutes’ drive from downtown) is good for live music. The Cordis Hotel concierge will be happy to give advice and make dinner reservations on your behalf, other options can found using the link below:


In order to avoid excessive printing of brochures/literature, delegates who register for the conference will be encouraged to access information about the event via the ICMIF Conference App.

ICMIF also recycle lanyards and pass holders and we ask that delegates return them to ICMIF staff at the end of the event.


New Zealand has no vaccination requirements for any traveller. Public hospitals offer a high standard of care (free for residents). Medical Centres are readily available is most of the larger cities across New Zealand, a cost applies. All travellers are covered for medical care resulting from accidents that occur while in NZ (eg motor-vehicle accidents or adventure-activity accidents) by the Accident Compensation Corporation.


New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day. In November the time in New Zealand will be 13 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


Auckland’s downtown area is compact and walkable, but its natural beauty lies outside the city centre.   The ATHop card is Auckland's prepay transport card; it will save you money on transport if you're planning to be in the city for a few days.

  • Buses connect all parts of the city and run frequently, especially on weekdays. Fares start from NZD 1 cash per segment (or NZD 0.50 with ATHop).
  • Trains service some central, southern and western suburbs. Fares start at NZD 2.50 per stage (NZD 1.80 with ATHop).
  • Ferries run between downtown Auckland, the North Shore and East Auckland, as well as Auckland’s islands. Fares cost from NZD 6.20 cash (NZD 4.50 with ATHop). Note that ATHop is not valid on all ferry services.
  • From Auckland Airport, the SkyBus costs NZD 16 into the city. Airport shuttles are also available, costing from NZD 35.

New Zealand is generally a very safe place to travel with a relatively low crime rate, few endemic diseases and a great healthcare system. Visitors are still advised to take the same care with their personal safety and their possessions as they would in any other country or at home.


Queen Street is the inner city's main street, with everything from clothing to electronics, books and souvenirs. Nearby Britomart is full of designer fashion as well as international brands. From here you can walk to High Street and Chancery, home to designer labels and cutting-edge local boutiques. Ponsonby, known as one of Auckland’s trendiest suburbs, is packed with fashion stores including local and international designers, boutiques, quirky gift shops and designer homewares. Newmarket is a shopper’s paradise with the glitz and glamour of top designer stores overflowing with international and local labels, as well as high street stores and great places for something to eat.


Restaurant workers do not work only for tips in New Zealand, so do not feel obliged to leave a tip when paying your bill. If the service was excellent, leaving a 10% gratuity is more than generous and your waiter or waitress will certainly appreciate it. Tipping taxi drivers in New Zealand is not a common practice.

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