Partners Programme

 

The Organising Committee is excited to advise that the Congress will be offering an exclusive partners programme that will be run each day of the Congress. If this sounds like something you would like to join in, please register your interest below. Further information and pricing will be sent out as the programme is confirmed.

Congress partners are more than welcome to attend the scientific sessions each day.

Click here to register your interest

 

Monday 12 February







Catch up

Partners are invited to meet at the Box coffee shop at 1000 to touch base with other Congress partners and friends.

You are most welcome to have Lunch at the Congress or a lunch box will be organised.

Time: 1000 - 1100
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Meeting Point: Box Cafe, Aotea Centre

 

City walk

The Auckland City Walk leaves from the Queens Wharf Village (89 Quay Street) and heads up through Britomart Transport Centre, taking you through the city's pedestrian laneways and right up to the recently renovated Auckland Art Gallery.

You'll then wander through the historic Albert Park and University of Auckland, before heading back down to Auckland's famous viaduct precinct and across Te Wero Bridge, concluding among the hustle and bustle of the always-interesting Silo Park

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Meeting Point: Queens Wharf Village (89 Quay Street)
What to bring: Walking shoes

 

Tuesday 13 February


















Matakana 'foodie' tour - all day

Discover the delicious tastes of fresh Matakana Coast produce; served in local restaurants or purchased from the roadside. The quality and care our passionate locals instil in the creation of their produce is evident in the taste sensations you will experience.

The Matakana Taste Tour includes visits to two wineries as well as three local producers of your choice – choose from the following: Sausages, boutique cheeses, hand made chocolates, gourmet Smoke House, oysters, honey, ice cream, olive oil, pure water & a farmer's market option on Saturdays.

Tour Highlights:

  • Meet colourful, talented locals along the way; enjoy their stories of how their ventures established and flourished.
  • Enjoy a delicious antipasto platter lunch at a beautiful winery – another opportunity to sample the delights of this region
  • Savour quality artisan foods hand-crafted with passion – feijoa fruit wine, handmade chocolates with manuka honey centres, gelato made with local berries, boutique blue cheeses, award winning ice cream and world-class olive oil. This tour must be good for you!
  • Along the way, soak up Matakana Coast's beautiful and diverse scenery. Rolling countryside, golden beaches, sunny coastline – this is our backyard and it truly is spectacular.
  • As time allows, this tour can also include visits to other local attractions. These may include the famous Morris & James Pottery factory, a 1,000 year-old Kauri tree and a place with panoramic views.

Time: 1100 - 1730
Cost: $265
Meeting Point: Auckland venue or Accommodation
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Tiritiri Matangi Island (Bird Sanctuary) – all day

Tiritiri Matangi Island is a wildlife sanctuary and one of New Zealand's most important and exciting conservation projects. It is located 30km north east of central Auckland and just 4km from the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. A hundred and twenty years of farming had seen this 220-hectare island stripped of 94% of its native bush but between 1984 and 1994, volunteers planted between 250,000 and 300,000 trees. The Island is now 60% forested with the remaining 40% left as grassland for species preferring open habitat.

As well as wonderful wildlife Tiritiri Matangi has a lighthouse, a Visitor Centre some great walks and views and beaches.  Most visitors start with a guided walk which finishes at the Visitor Centre where free tea and coffee is provided.  There are plenty of tables outside to have your lunch and if it is wet there is plenty of room in the Visitor Centre.

In the afternoon you may want to explore some of the east coast, relax around the Visitor Centre or head for Hobbs Beach for a swim.  Please click here to find out more about Tiritiri Matangi

Time: 1100 - 1730
Cost: $
Meeting Point: 139 Quay Street
What to bring: Days worth of food, including water as this is not available on the island, along with a good pair of walking shoes.

 

Wednesday 14 February

 

Partners will be able to register for the Congress Technical Field Trips.

Trips are yet to be confirmed however the organising committee are keen to include the following:

  • Forestry breeding
  • Dairy Recording and breeding
  • Sheep recording and breeding
  • Beef recording and breeding
  • Aquaculture breeding
  • Conservation genetics
  • Shell Fish genetics
  • Grapes and wine
  • Horses
  • Companion animals 
  • Lab animals  

Thursday 15 February



















Art Gallery – includes tour and lunch

Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, is the principal public gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, and has the most extensive collection of national and international art in the country. With multiple exhibition spaces spreading across three levels of the award-winning building, it is the largest and most inspiring visual arts experience in Aotearoa New Zealand. Their collection and loan collections currently number over 16,000 artworks. Together, they include major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art. Alongside outstanding works by Maori and Pacific artists, they represent significant international painting, sculpture and print collections.

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Museum - includes tour, cultural welcome

In one of New Zealand's most outstanding historical buildings, boldly situated in the Domain - a central city pleasure garden - you encounter exhibitions that will excite you with the artistic legacy and cultures of the Pacific people. See the monumental carvings, buildings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the Maori.

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Bush walk in the Waitakere Ranges

The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is home to some of Auckland's most visited natural treasures. Explore the lush native rainforest, scenic coastline and windswept black-sand beaches. Waitakere Ranges walks are the best way to experience the area's beauty and there's a huge range of other activities on offer.

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What to bring: Walking shoes and lunch as there are no places for food around

Auckland Garden Tours

Looking around Aucklands best gardens - Parnell Rose Gardens, Ayrlies & Alberton House.

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What to bring: Day time items including lunch

Beach Tours

Enjoy walks around the local beaches and coffee at the local cafes.

Hop on - hop off bus

Visit Auckland's top 14 attractions in one easy go including - Bastion Point Lookout, Keely Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium, Parnell Rose Gardens, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland Museum, Parnell Village, Civic Theatre Centre, SkyCity and Sky Tower, Philips Corner, Martime Museum.

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Meeting point: Bus departs "Phillips" Princes Wharf every half hour. Free Hotel/Venue Pick up.
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Hobbiton Express Tour

This tour is an easy day trip from Auckland. Let Bush and Beach take you on a magical journey through Middle-Earth to the Hobbiton Movie Set from 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' filsm for a fascinating guided tour.

Time: 0700 - 1500
Cost: $
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What to bring: Just yourself! Lunch is included in the package.

Sylvia Park

Welcome to Sylvia Park, New Zealand's largest shopping centre - located at the heart of Auckland, with unparalleled exposure and accessibility.

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Friday 16 February














Waiheke Island Tour

When Aucklander's talk of an island paradise they are referring to Waiheke Island which is 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland. With a permanent population of around 9,000 people Waiheke Island is home to over 30 wineries, along with olive groves and dozens of local and internationally renowned artists.  On this picturesque island there is a blend of farmland, forest and stunning beaches.

Tour will include the following: 

  • Two or three wineries
  • Micro-brewery
  • Lunch
  • Galleries
  • Sculpture and garden parks

Time: 0815 - 1745
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Rangitoto Island

Auckland's youngest volcano situated a 30 minute boat ride from Auckland Central Walks and bird watching around the island. Does not have tours, it's all self serviced

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What to bring: Lunch, togs for swimming, binoculars if you want to go bird watching and good walking shoes.

 

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