Venue

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand from 29 October to 1 November 2013. Around 1.9 million visitors are drawn to Queenstown each year to enjoy their own unforgettable travel experience. November is the spring/summer time in the southern hemisphere, one of the best months in which to visit New Zealand. For information about rooms, rates and booking, please see the accommodation page.

Exterior view of Crown Plaza Hotel Queenstown

Local Attractions

Lake Wakatipu

TSS Earnslaw The Crowne Plaza hotel is set on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu. One must-do attraction is to take a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, a steamer that has been operating on the lake for 100 years. You can take a cruise only, or combine the cruise with a visit to the Walter Peak High Country Farm for a horse trek, cycling tour, BBQ lunch or dinner.

You can also cruise the lake on other vessels, go fishing, go kayaking or just go for a swim.

Jetboating & white water rafting

TSS Earnslaw The Shotover Jet calls itself the World's Most Exiting Jetboat ride, but the Kawarau Jet is equally impressive and can be boarded in Queenstown.

If you want a more active role, you can go rafting with several operators on either the grade 3-5 Shotover River or the grade 2-3 Kawarau River. If you prefer to stay dry, a Funyak Safari on the Dart river might be more your thing.

Bungy jumping & other adventure sports

TSS EarnslawThe historic Kawarau Bridge is the site of the first ever bungy jumping operation established by AJ Hackett in 1988. You now also have the option of jumping off the Ledge above Queenstown and the Nevis - NZ's highest bungy jump.

If adventure is to your taste, you can also go skydiving, paragliding, parasailing or try a zipline tour.

Skyline Gondola

TSS EarnslawThe Skyline Gondola provides easy access to Bob's Peak with the most spectacular views in the region. From the top of the peak, you can explore scenic walking tracks or mountain bike trails, ride the luge downhill, bungy jump, parasail or just relax and enjoy the views from the restaurant.

The Lakes District

TSS EarnslawQueenstown makes a great base to explore the other attractions of Central Otago.

Wanaka is a smaller and quieter lakeside town about an hours drive from Queenstown. Arrowtown, just 20km from Queenstown is a picturesque former gold-mining town with a rich and fascinating history. Glenorchy is a great starting place for exploring the great outdoors, with a range of hiking, climbing, fishing & hunting options.

Milford Sound & Doubtful Sound

TSS EarnslawMilford Sound and Doubtful Sound are beautiful fjords on the west coast of the South Island, and as world heritage sites, are one of New Zealand's most famous destinations.

Due to the remoteness of the area, the best way to get there is on a bus tour or to fly. GreatSights operate Milford Sound tours from Queenstown daily, and Real Journeys do tours to both Milford Sound & Doubtful Sound.

Wine Tours

TSS EarnslawThe area around Queenstown is the world's most southerly wine-growing region. The unique climate with low rainfall and extremes of temperature makes it great for growing Pinot Noir grapes, but other varieties are also grown.

Tour around the vineyards with the Queenstown Wine Trail or Appellation Central Wine Tours, or stay in Queenstown and sample the wines at Wine Tastes.

Visiting New Zealand

If you are visiting New Zealand, there are many other beautiful and interesting places to see.

In the South Island, there is Dunedin, with its Scottish heritage, Cadbury World, Taieri Vintage Railway and the steepest street in the world. The Garden City of Christchurch is still recovering from the recent earthquakes, but is open for business. At the top of the North Island, the Marlborough region is known for its award winning wines and beautiful scenery.

In the North Island, you'll find the capital city of Wellington, with the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, the cable car, and numerous art galleries. The central North Island towns of Taupo & Rotorua provide a relaxing break with geothermal activity and Maori culture on display.

Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand, and offers an urban environment draped around a beautiful harbour. At 328 meters, Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometers in every direction. Sailing & fishing are on offer, as well as cruises to explore volcanos and islands. Further north still, you'll find the Bay of Islands, site of the earliest European settlements in New Zealand, as well as beautiful beaches and lush forests.

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