About New Zealand
New Zealand is an independent nation, a constitutional monarchy and a member of the British Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State. New Zealand has a diverse multi-cultural population of 4.25 million people with Māori making up around 14.6 percent of the population.
The Māori were New Zealand's first settlers. They made an epic journey from the legendary Hawaiki, probably in Polynesia to the north of New Zealand, about 1000 years ago. The great explorer Kupe, who legend says first discovered New Zealand, named the new land Aotearoa - Land of the Long White Cloud. The first documented European to discover New Zealand was Dutch navigator Abel Tasman, who came here in 1642 in search of the fabled great southern continent. Captain James Cook claimed it for Britain in 1769.
The Treaty of Waitangi is seen as New Zealand's founding document. It was signed on 6 February 1840 between leading Māori chiefs and representatives of the British Crown at Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands.
About Auckland and its lifestyle
Auckland is a beautiful city built around a stunning waterfront and unspoiled harbour. With a population of about 1.5 million, it is New Zealand's largest city.
The city's waterfront has been developed into a vibrant entertainment area with a host of upmarket restaurants, bars and shops. Other attractions include the magnificent Maritime Museum and, further along the waterfront, the fascinating Antarctic Exhibition at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World. A number of tour operators offer half and full day trips on yachts which will take you out on the harbour and provide an opportunity to appreciate Auckland’s coastline from the water. For a completely different perspective, you can walk over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. This provides an exhilarating experience for adventure lovers and the views are breath-taking. Real daredevils may like to try bungee jumping from the bridge with the option of being ‘dipped’ into the sparkling waters below.
Auckland’s Sky Tower, opposite the Meeting venue, is a must-visit attraction with incredible views and a range of activities for thrill seekers and a wide range of dining options. Nearby, the Auckland War Memorial Museum gives a superb insight into history and culture from New Zealand and around the world.
The inner city suburbs of Mt Eden, Parnell and Ponsonby offer boutique shops, attractive architecture and beautiful homes, many of which are wooden villas dating back to colonial settlement in New Zealand. A short ferry ride will take you to the picturesque town of Devonport, an attractive seaside village which is home to attractive villas, spacious parks and a plethora of bars, restaurants and cafes.
The SKYCITY Convention Centre is very close to Queen Street in the heart of Auckland’s traditional commercial district, with a wide range of shops and boutiques including Smith & Caughey’s department store.
Other shopping destinations include:
- Westfield Downtown
- Broadway in Newmarket
- Dressmart Outlet Shopping
- Sylvia Park
- St Luke’s Westfield
La Cigale French style Farmers Market
Featuring seasonal fruit and vegetables, freshly baked breads, French cheeses, homemade chocolates, preserves, oils, cakes and so much more! The Market located at 69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell, is open on Saturday from 8am to 1pm, and Sundays from 9am to 2pm.
Parnell Farmers’ Market
The Parnell Farmers' Market located in the Jubilee Building carpark, 545 Parnell Road, has more than 30 stalls where growers, farmers and producers sell seasonal fresh and organic fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, plants, baked goods, eggs, flowers and plant-based products. Held every Saturday from 8am – 12noon. The Link Bus stops opposite the Jubilee Building on its central circuit.
For a full schedule of markets please visit: www.aucklandnz.com/
New Zealand is generally a very safe place to travel with a relatively low crime rate, few endemic diseases and a great healthcare system.
However, you should take the same care with your personal safety and your possessions as you would in any other country, or at home. Take copies of your important documents (like your passport and credit cards), and keep them separate from the originals. You should also keep a record of the description and serial number of valuable items (like digital cameras). And remember, in an emergency dial 111.
We look forward to welcoming you to Auckland and sharing our slice of paradise with you.