Travel Info

Accessible New Zealand
New Zealand is approximately a 10 hour direct flight from most places in the Pacific Rim, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and the west coast of the USA. It is only a 3 hour flight from the eastern seaboard of Australia.

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International Connections to Auckland and Queenstown

  • 366+ Weekly flights connecting Auckland to the world.
  • Most international flights arrive into Auckland Airport, located in the northern part of the North Island.  18 International Airlines fly direct to Auckland from 32 destinations around the world.
  • There are direct flights into Queenstown from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Further information on flights into Queenstown can be found here.

Star Alliance Network Discount
We are excited to announce that AMN8 Delegates can now save up to 20% on selected flights with the Star Alliance Network.


Transiting through Australia?
If you are transiting via Australia (even if it is just a 30 minute stopover) you are likely to require an Australian Transit Visa.  If you are transiting via any other country en route to New Zealand, please check the relevant visa requirements for that country.

Passport & Visas
People from over 50 countries (click here to view list) don’t need a visitor visa to enter New Zealand for a short visit. However, they are still required to provide: • travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements, and • evidence of funds for maintenance Full information is available online at Please read the Passports and Visas section carefully or visit your local New Zealand Embassy. Those who may require a visa should obtain visa in advance.

Invitation Letter
If you require an invitation letter to assist your visa application, then please email [email protected].  Please note that we will only be able to issue an invitation letter to delegates who have registered and paid for the conference.

Customs Requirements
New Zealand has strict rules to protect its agricultural industries from imported pests and diseases. If you bring in items such as food and plants, these must be declared to Ministry for Primary Industries. Visit for more information. Like other countries New Zealand has strict security concerning drugs, firearms and other dangerous goods. For more information visit

New Zealand’s seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are in June, July and August. The temperature in Queenstown during February ranges between 20°C to 30°C (70°F to 90°F).  You should enjoy long, sunny days. In mid-summer, dawn breaks at 5am and dusk settles around 10pm.

Electricity is supplied at 230/240 volts (50 hertz), although most hotels and motels provide 110 volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. For all other equipment, an adaptor/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option. Please note that the power outlets only accept flat three or two-pin plugs, depending on whether an earth connection is fitted.

Tipping is not expected in New Zealand but up to 10% is gladly accepted.

Credit Cards/ ATM Cards
All major international credit cards can be used in New Zealand and Travellers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores. If your credit card is encoded with a PIN number you will be able to withdraw cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs) situate at banks and shopping centres throughout the country.

Goods & Services
Tax All goods and services in New Zealand are subject to 15% tax (GST). Overseas visitors cannot claim back GST. However, some stores sell goods to overseas visitors excluding GST when shown proof of onward or return ticket.

Liability/ Insurance
In the event of industrial disruptions or natural disasters, personal injury or damage to persons or property occurring before or during the conference, neither the MacDiarmid Institute or Conferences & Events Ltd, can accept responsibility for any losses incurred by delegates. Personal insurance is the responsibility of the individual delegate and is highly recommended. Please check with your travel agent or an insurance broker.