General Information

Entry into New Zealand

When you arrive, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.  From 1 October 2019, visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to coming to New Zealand. You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). For more information on the ETA and IVL, visit Immigration New Zealand.  If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.  If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.

Biosecurity

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 out more click here

Booking your travel to Christchurch

Christchurch Airport is well appointed for domestic travel and there are multiple flights arriving daily from Auckland International airport.  Christchurch Airport is conveniently located just over 10km from the city centre.

Transport from Christchurch Airport

Metro Bus offers departures from the airport to the City Centre every 30 mins and the service runs daily.  Biuses depart from the northern end of International Arrivals, next to the Novotel hotel (exit through Door 9).  Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver. For fares and other information, please visit the Metro website or call +64 (3) 366 8855.

The taxi rank is located outside International Arrivals (exit through Door 7). Prices vary by company and we recommend asking for an estimated cost before you begin your journey. Your taxi is charged $5.50 to collect or deliver you to Christchurch Airport. 

Super Shuttle provides door to door service around Christchurch using multi-passenger vans.  You can find the Super Shuttle rank outside international arrivals (exit through Door 7)

Visit the Christchurch Airport transport page for further options.

Car Rental

Avis Rent a Car is offering its corporate rates to conference delegates. Just call the local Avis office in your country and quote the booking reference number: AWD Z994400.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available to book via the registration form. If you need to change your reservation, please advise The Conference Company rather than the hotel direct: email  TSANZSRS@theconferencecompany.com.

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover the duration of your visit to New Zealand.

Climate

March is the first month in Autumn and so temperatures are starting to get cooler ranging from 10°- 19° with an average of 6 days of rain.

Time

Christchurch is 13 hours ahead of GMT in March

Currency / Banking

The currency used is the New Zealand dollar. Banking hours are usually 0930 -1600, Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines are well spread throughout the Christchurch business district. International credit cards are accepted throughout the country banks, most hotels and city stores.

Goods and Services Tax

Goods and Services in New Zealand are subject to a 15% tax (GST). This tax is usually included in the price and if not, it is clearly stated. There are no provisions for tourists to claim a GST refund on items purchases in NZ.  

Electricity

New Zealand uses a 240-volt 50 cycle system with 3 pin flat plugs.

Dress

Dress for all scientific sessions is smart casual. Dress for the Gala Dinner will be advised once the theme is finalised.

Public Transport in Christchurch

Getting around Christchurch is easy and most facilities are within walking or cycling distance of the central city. Christchurch's Metro service runs bus routes around the city. More information can be found here 

Parking

There is no carpark located at Te Pae Christchurch. There are however secure car parks located in close proximity to the centre.  

Accessibility

The venue is wheelchair accessible and IR Hearing Augmentation is available throughout the whole centre.  

Disclosure of Registration Information 

If you do not wish your details to be provided to sponsors or other delegates, please select the appropriate option on the registration form.

Name Badges 

Name badges will be given to all delegates on registration. We ask that you wear your badge at all times, including social functions. Entry tickets will be given for all social and optional events.

Special Requirements

Every effort will be made to ensure delegates with special needs are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance or catering please give details required on your registration form.