General Travel Information

We have provided some general information about staying in New Zealand.

For a more comprehensive guide, please read the official Tourism New Zealand Travel Guide.

Currency Exchange

You can exchange currency at the airport or at your hotel. There are numerous currency exchange facilities and ATMs near the hotels and conference venue.

You can read more about New Zealand currency here.

Weather & Climate

The 24th IAPTC Annual Conference is held during New Zealand’s spring season. In Auckland, the average temperature for October ranges from 12°C (54°F) to 17°C (63°F).

Read more about New Zealand’s weather and climate.

Timezone

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

Read more about New Zealand’s timezone.

Internet & WiFi

The hotels and conference venue have free WiFi available.

You can read about New Zealand’s cellphone network and traveling data plans here.

Safety & Security

Auckland is a safe and secure place to travel, with a low crime rate.  However, it is always advisable to observe the same precautions with your personal belongings as you would in any other country, or at home.

Emergency Contacts

Emergency Services 111 (medical, police and/or fire)
Conference Host Duty Centre To be advised
International and Domestic Flight Information +64 9 275 0789 or 0800 247 767
Auckland Taxis + 64 9 300 3000
Power Adaptors

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).

Adaptors can be purchased at the airport upon arrival.

NZ electrical outlet

Jetlag

Tips to Beat Jetlag

Jetlag occurs when you cross at least three time zones.  It can lead to tiredness, sleepiness, and insomnia to name a few symptoms.

Here are some tips to help reduce the effects of jet lag and help your body adjust to New Zealand time.

On The Plane

  • Change your watch to New Zealand time as soon as you get on the plane.
  • Try to adjust your sleep to match New Zealand time.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking at least a glass of water every hour and avoiding alcohol and coffee.
  • Don’t watch movies for your entire flight – try to get some sleep.
  • Be comfortable – dress in loose fitting comfortable clothing (pack a warm jacket in your cabin bag for when you arrive in New Zealand) and shoes.
  • Consider an eye mask, inflatable in-flight pillow/neck support, and pair of ear plugs.
  • Exercise your legs by taking a walk about the aircraft.

When You Arrive in New Zealand

  • Try to keep active by taking a walk outside – the natural light and fresh air will help your body clock adjust to local time.   The exercise will help reduce swollen feet and ankles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking at least a glass of water every hour.
  • If you arrive in the morning, it’s OK to take a 1 or 2 hour short nap, but set your alarm clock and be sure to get up so that you get in synch with the local time zone – don’t sleep until the evening.
  • Try and stay awake until 9pm New Zealand time.
  • If you wake up in the middle of the night, resist the temptation of using your phone, computer, or being active. This will only keep you awake.
  • Keep this routine for the next 2 days and you will beat the jet lag.
Where Can I Park?

SkyCity Convention Centre has parking beneath the building. Parking charges are approximately $50 per day and is at your own expense.

You can read more about SKYCITY car parking on their website.

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