There is a history of innovation in New Zealand. Defined by a passion to find solutions, create and develop new products and ventures with open minds, Auckland is the perfect place to connect people and ideas. As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is a thriving high-tech hub of the Asia-Pacific region, home to more than 20,000 innovation-based companies.
As the base for many of New Zealand’s leading companies and numerous world-leading multinationals Auckland is a city on the move. Recognised globally in JLL’s top 20 City Momentum Index, Auckland is building the foundations of an innovation-oriented economy through technology, creating cutting-edge new businesses, attracting talent and nurturing vibrant inclusive communities.
New Zealand is built on a culture of adapting quickly to new environments and changing conditions. Thanks to New Zealand’s internationally respected academic standards, Auckland is home to a large number of top-ranked institutions that are home to inquisitive minds engaged in ground-breaking research and practice. As the fastest growing city in Australasia, Auckland has strong Māori and Pacific populations, as well as an expanding Asian demographic. In this context, we play a vital role as an inclusive hub for creativity for the city’s diverse communities.
The NZICC is well connected to public transport routes, located minutes from the motorway and only 25 km from Auckland International Airport with shuttle and bus services departing regularly from the airport to the city.
It’s easy to get around Auckland’s compact central business district. The NZICC is no more than 10 minutes’ walk to all major central city attractions. The city LINK bus is an excellent, affordable way to get around the CBD and city fringe with frequent service timetables.
Auckland also has a modern overland rail network and will be even better connected to the rest of the city with the completion of the Auckland City Rail Link. Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have two harbours on two separate major bodies of water, and ferry services connecting a wide breadth of wonderful places to explore. Safe road infrastructure and professional taxi and tour coach companies ensure easy and flexible transportation. Private limousine services can easily be arranged for organisers or keynote speakers and professional taxi companies service the entire region.
New Zealand is a world-class dining destination, and Auckland is a food lover’s paradise. It is home to internationally-acclaimed chefs, food producers and winemakers. The region boasts an impressive range of restaurants, bars, cafés and markets.
Auckland has a diverse dining culture with multiple dining precincts serving up a wide variety of cuisine, from five-star fare to casual café dishes. The Britomart, Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct, Ponsonby and Federal Street precincts are home to incredible cuisine from around the world with celebrated top chefs at the helm of award-winning restaurants.
Auckland has a large and diverse wine-growing region with many international award-winning vineyards and wines. New Zealand’s renowned wine industry began in Auckland with our oldest established vineyards just a 30 minute drive west from the city. A 35 minute ferry takes you to Waiheke Island – the ‘island of wine’ with more 30 boutique wineries and vineyards.
Auckland has a range of markets throughout the region, along with coffee roasters and the best casual dining in Asia Pacific.
New Zealand is world-renowned as an innovator, a small nation with a big reputation for ground-breaking research, creative ideas, and cutting-edge technology.
‘Kiwi ingenuity’ is evident in the way it harnesses the power of its land and enhances the produce it grows with science and technology. It designs and manufactures award-winning yachts and launches rockets into orbit. New Zealand’s tech sector and medical researchers are making products and discoveries that improve the way we live.
Bringing a conference or business event to New Zealand opens opportunities to connect with local experts and share knowledge with thought leaders in key industries.
New Zealand's key areas of expertise are high value manufacturing, information and communications technology, tourism, agribusiness, earth sciences, health sciences and high value food and wine.