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Organized tours and events

Saturday 16 November 2019

After the conference has ended, this free day offers delegates and their accompanying persons the opportunity to enjoy Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and an area rich in breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, outstanding food and wine, great shopping, inspiring Maori culture and plenty of action and adventure.

Our hosts, FMG, are kindly offering a choice of two full day or one half day tours to allow greater flexibility. We will be charging a non-refundable nominal amount of GBP 30.00 for taking part in the organized group tours, which is purely to guarantee attendance and prevent absence without notice. The balance of the cost will be kindly paid by our hosts, FMG.

Please indicate on the registration form which tour you would prefer to attend. Places are limited, so we ask delegates to give us advance notification of any cancellation so that we can ensure that places are not wasted.

Please choose ONE of the following tours.


Saturday 16 November 2019

The pick-up point for all the tours will be the lobby of the Cordis Hotel.

Tour One
Coast, Wine and Maori Culture Tour
(Full day including lunch - 09:30 to 17:00)

Explore the cultural heart of Auckland, on the Home Fires of Tamaki (Auckland) Tour. A short trip from the city, this magnificent whenua (land) is one of Auckland’s most tranquil locations. You will meet the kaiarahi (guide) at the Sir Michael J Savage Memorial overlooking the Waitemata Harbour.

This tour will give you first-hand experience of the rich history of the Ngati Whatua Orakei (local tribe), how they practise their cultural traditions and village life in modern day society. You can soak in the picturesque views towards the Orakei Marae (traditional meeting house), looking across the Harbour to Rangitoto Island, Auckland City and beyond.  You will explore abandoned barracks and native bush as you walk through an award-winning regeneration project while the experienced kaiarahi shares historical and cultural tales of the tribe and Auckland.

The tour offers magnificent photo opportunities with 360 degree views of Auckland City and beyond. There will also be an opportunity to view the stunning wild black or white sand beaches of Auckland’s coast line and also included in the tour is a visit to a local winery for a delicious wine tasting experience with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.


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Tour Two
Nature Tour to Tiritiri Matanti Island
(Full day including lunch - (08:30 to 17:00)

A rare chance to visit this protected, predator-free sanctuary for rare and endangered bird species of New Zealand. This is a nature lover’s paradise and is one of New Zealand’s most important and exciting conservation projects.

You will enjoy a ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf to the Island where a local guide will meet you at the wharf for a guided walk.

Midway through the day you can take a seat on a rock on the shore or under a tree and enjoy a picnic boxed lunch with a possible “giveback” component where you are provided with a lunch and also given the opportunity to pay for a lunch as a gift for a Kiwi child who would otherwise go without. A ranger will discuss environmental recovery efforts ahead of either a guided walk or self-walking tour of the island.  Expect uneven terrain on the various walking trails which offer different levels of difficulty, the majority of which are relatively easy walking. The tour includes the ferry ride and suitable walking shoes, clothing, and a light rain jacket are recommended.


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Tour Three
Devonport Seaside Village
(Half day. Excluding lunch but including coffee
- 09:00 to 13:00)

Devonport is an area rich in history and has a long-standing affiliation with the New Zealand Navy. There are a number of historical sites that are easily reached by foot. The 45 minute Devonport waterfront walk is a perfect way to get a taste of the villages’ unique history and admire its iconic surroundings including the Boer War Arch memorial, volcanic lava flows, a public execution site and the Torpedo Bay Naval Museum.

Devonport is home to two extinct volcanoes: North Head and Mount Victorian which act as sensational viewing platforms. North Head reserve is an historical coastal defence site containing a military tunnel complex. The village is home to fashion and footwear boutiques, local jewellery designers, stunning gift stores and artworks by both local and renowned kiwi artists. Morning tea/coffee will be served at the historic Esplanade Hotel. It is possible to stay longer or depart earlier than the official tour, making your own way back to the hotel, as a sea ferry departs approximately every half hour. Suitable walking shoes, clothing and a light rain jacket are recommended.


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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Acompanying persons' tour

Dependent upon interest, our hosts may provide a day tour (including lunch) for visitors who will be accompanying Conference delegates in New Zealand. If your accompanying person is interested in a tour, please indicate this on the Conference registration form.

Additional tours

Our Conference Social Programme only covers a small part of what Auckland has to offer. There are a wealth of additional tours available if you wish to see more of the Auckland Region and the North Island during your time in New Zealand. These include:

  • Hobbiton movie set (2.5 hour drive each way)
  • Bay of Islands (3.5 hour drive each way)
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves (3 hour drive each way)
  • Hot Water Beach (3 hour drive each way)
  • Tongariro National Park (4.5 hour drive each way)

Please note: all driving times are approximate from Auckland city centre and dependent upon local traffic conditions. Peak driving congestion occurs between approximately 07:00 and 10:00 and then again between 16:00 and 18:00.

For more information on the above tours please visit the following websites:

The Cordis Hotel Concierge can help you to arrange tours.

For personal and private itineraries including unique beach or forest trips complete with private chefs, we can recommend Love my New Zealand. 

Alternatively, please contact the ICMIF Events Team.


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Evening social events

Monday 11 November 2019

ICMIF Board Dinner
Hosted by FMG (by invitation only)
Lower Grey Gallery,
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (external venue)

FMG would like to invite all ICMIF Board and Committee members and their accompanying persons to a dinner surrounded by some of New Zealand’s finest works of art in the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, in downtown Auckland. The gallery houses an extensive collection of national and international art and the evening will include a guided tour of some of the exhibits.

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Young Leaders Programme Welcome Drink
(By invitation only)
Crystal Room Pre-Function, Cordis Hotel

Attendees of the Young Leaders Programme will have the opportunity to meet and network with each other and ICMIF staff before attending the Conference Welcome Reception.

ICMIF Welcome Reception
Great Room Pre-Function Area, The Great Room Lower Lobby
and Great Room III & IV

The ICMIF Welcome Reception will be held in the conference hotel to allow delegates to meet with each other and their accompanying persons and relax together upon arrival in Auckland. The evening will include a flavour of the local culture featuring a Māori “pōwhiri” welcoming ceremony and, of course, the traditional “hongi” greeting (ceremonial touching of noses). The menu will include fresh, exciting and seasonal food and wine from the local area.


Wednesday 13 November 2019

ICMIF New Member Reception
(by invitation only)
Chandelier Room, Cordis Hotel

This drinks reception enables representatives from new and potential member companies to meet with the ICMIF Board and senior staff to learn about the services and benefits of membership of the Federation.

Young Leaders Drinks
(By invitation only)
Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co, Viaduct Harbour (external)

Perched on the third level overlooking Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour this rooftop bar provides an informal opportunity for attendees of the Young Leaders Programme to reflect on the key learnings from the day and continue to network and socialise with their peers.


Friday 15 November 2019

Gala Dinner “Sailing Away”
Hosted by FMG
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron yacht club

FMG would like to offer to all delegates and their accompanying persons a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail in Auckland’s harbour. Catering for all ages, levels of fitness and ability, a selection of yachts including former America’s Cup yachts, Maxi Yachts and Harbour Cruising yachts will be available. Attendees may choose in advance which level of participation they are most comfortable with. This can be as sailing crew or simply sitting back and taking in the view on a spectator boat.  No experience is required and expert guidance and all safety equipment is provided. For attendees who prefer not to sail, FMG have reserved a viewing spot at the yacht club which overlooks the harbour and the Westhaven Marina where attendees can relax with a drink and watch the sailing activities.

At the end of the “regatta”, the event will continue with a relaxed evening including dinner at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron yacht club. The dinner will include a traditional Kiwi BBQ experience including local delicacies; exciting entertainment; and access to the America’s Cup to have photos taken next to the trophy.

We are pleased to announce that we now have available the options for the Gala Dinner “Sailing Away” Regatta, kindly hosted by FMG, on Friday 15th November at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

You can now choose from five different options for the afternoon to match everyone’s expectations, age and level of fitness. No experience is required and expert guidance plus all safety and wet weather equipment is provided.

Full information on all the options available can be found on this link.

An information sheet including frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found on this link.

Please choose one option from the following and send your response to

  • OPTION 1 America’s Cup Classic Yachts
  • OPTION 2 Maxi Yachts
  • OPTION 3 Classic Yacht
  • OPTION 4 Spectator Vessel
  • OPTION 5 No sailing, go direct to Royal NZ Yacht Squadron (by coach)

Please note that space on some of the vessels is limited and will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis. Please send your response to us as soon as possible before the deadline of Wednesday 30th October 2019.

At the end of the “Regatta”, the event will continue with a relaxed evening including dinner and local entertainment at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Coaches will depart from the City Road Entrance of the Cordis Hotel which located is on the ground floor of the hotel at 16.00 for those taking part in sailing, and at 17.00 for those who will not be sailing but will go directly to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Please dress casually (jeans/shorts are acceptable) if taking part in the “Regatta”. Additional waterproof clothing will be provided at the venue but please wear trainers/deck shoes/closed toe footwear (no heels). If you would like to bring a change of clothing for the evening dinner, FMG will provide a cloakroom service.

For those not sailing, casual attire is the dress code for the evening.

This is an evening not to missed!


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