Getting here

Air New Zealand is New Zealand's national carrier and has many scheduled services into Auckland, the international gateway to New Zealand. To view schedules, please visit:

Other airlines that service Auckland:

  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Aircalin
  • Air Canada*
  • Air Pacific
  • Air Tahiti
  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • Air Vanuatu
  • American Airlines*
  • Asiana Airlines
  • British Airways*
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Emirates
  • EVA Air*

* Codeshare

  • Japan Airlines*
  • Korean Air
  • Lan Chile
  • Lufthansa Airlines*
  • Malaysia Airlines*
  • Mexicana Airlines*
  • Polynesian Airlines
  • Qantas Airways
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Royal Tongan Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways International

Passports and visas

For information on requirements for traveling to New Zealand please visit or talk to your local travel agent.

All visitors to New Zealand must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand.

Citizens of some countries must obtain a Visitor's Visa. Visa information and the visa application form are available on

If you require a Visitor's Visa, please allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing.

If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you do not need to apply for a visa to visit New Zealand but you must:

  • Hold a valid ticket from New Zealand to a country where you have the right of entry
  • Have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand
  • Hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you intend leaving New Zealand
  • Remain in New Zealand only for the time granted on your arrival


No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.

Time zone

Refer to this handy time zone converter to check the local time in New Zealand.


Exclusive rates have been secured at the below accommodation providers.

Bookings can be made via the online registration process.

Your credit card details are required to guarantee the booking only. Credit card details are encrypted in our database and stored in an electronic vault. Our payment service provider EventsAIR, is PCI DSS Level 1 compliant. This means, your card data is protected to the highest possible levels, from data entry into our online registration sites, through to payment into the banks. Nothing will be deducted from your card prior to the Forum.

In case of your non arrival or late cancellation the hotel will be given access to your card details to charge the appropriate cancellation fee. Fees are as follows:

  • Cancellations received after 25 August 2017 will incur a one night cancellation fee.
  • In the event of your non arrival at the hotel your card will be charged for each night of your booking.
  • All prices are per room, per night and include goods and services tax (GST) at 15%.


Hotel Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

52 Cathedral Square. 2 minute walk from the Theatre. 4 star plus.

Superior king room ​$229.00

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

166 Gloucester Street. 1 minute walk from the Theatre. 4 star.

Queen room ​$215.00

Hotel Ibis Christchurch

107 Hereford Street. 5 minute walk from the Theatre. 3 star plus.

King room ​$179.00

BreakFree on Cashel

165 Cashel Street. 6 minute walk from the Theatre. 3 star.

Inner urban double room $113.00
City urban double room ​$164.00
City urban king room ​$185.00


12 Hereford Street. 12 minute walk from the Theatre. Affordable accommodation.

Standard Room $55
Deluxe Room ​$105.00


New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of .10, .20 and .50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ$10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report.

Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres.

All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. Travellers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores.

How much will it cost?

Here is a general guide of what you can expect to pay in New Zealand for a few common items:

  • Hotel breakfast $10- $35
  • Espresso coffee $3.50 - $6.00
  • Cafe lunch $10 - $25
  • Dinner (three-course, no wine) $20 - $50

Electricity and voltage

New Zealand electricity runs at 230/240 volts (50 hertz). Many accommodation options also have 110 volt AC sockets for use with electric razors. Power sockets only accept flat three-pin (with earth connection) or two-pin plugs.

New Zealand electricity runs at 230/240 volts (50 hertz). Many accommodation options also have 110 volt AC sockets for use with electric razors. Power sockets only accept flat three-pin (with earth connection) or two-pin plugs.

Exchange rates

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand provides a monthly online summary of the New Zealand Dollar's average value against the US Dollar, the Pound, the Australian Dollar, the Yen and the Euro. Refer to the currency converter supplied on the 'registration page.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to travelling to New Zealand. The policy should include loss of fees/deposits through cancellation of your participation in the Forum, or through cancellation of the Forum itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The Forum organisers do not take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in relation to this matter.


New Zealanders do not expect tips for normal service – even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for special service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.

Special requirements

SEWF 2017 has partnered with Be. Accessible to achieve a Gold Rating for Accessibility. This includes all of our main venues, promotional material and event touchpoints. Click here to download the full accessibility report, which highlights successes and recommendations for SEWF 2017 and our venues. 

We welcome Caregivers and Assistance Dogs at no extra cost, and request to be informed of their attendance in advance. SEWF Hosts will be available through the Forum to provide assistance for any accessibility needs. Please contact us with any questions or requirements.

Smartphone app

The free Essential New Zealand travel app from Tourism New Zealand is available from the App Store and Google play. Make the most of your stay without the need for an internet connection.