Post Conference Tours

An exciting new addition to this years conference is the post conference tours. For those wanting to make a weekend of it and take the time to round out your trip to Auckland with some sight seeing take a look at the Tour options below.

Registration for all tours is via the online registration process, opening on Friday 29th April.


Another view of Auckland - more ethnically diverse than most cities in the world

Date: Sunday 11th September
Time: 9.30am - 2.00pm
Departing from: Pullman Hotel Lobby, meet at 9.15am
Cost: $150.00 per person
Inclusions:  road transport, driver / tour escort, bottled water, Tai Chi lesson, guided tour of FG
Register: via the online registration site from 29 April, or by email request to
Fo Guanga Sha Temple
It's no secret that Auckland is a diverse city full of different cultures and new research has shed light on exactly how it and the rest of the country are changing. More than 200 ethnic groups are recorded as living here and Auckland is considered more diverse than London or Sydney, with 40 per cent of its population made up of different ethnicities. 

The Fo Guang Shan (FGS) temple is a large temple and community centre of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist movement in the East Tamaki/Flatbush suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the country. The temple and complex were built over seven years at a cost NZ$ 20 million. It was designed in the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty. The temple also includes a large Buddha statue and a two-tonne bell.

Opened in late 2007 the temple is open to all people - Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Original Architect for this Temple complex is Ron Seeto Murray Cockburn Partnership Auckland - after visiting Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong Ron Seeto successfully obtained client agreement to model their desire for a traditional Chinese temple style for the original temple and community centre buildings on the authenticity of form and structure found in the heroic buildings of the first Tang dynasty.

Highlights today will include a Tai Chi lesson, a guided tour of the temple and temple grounds, free time to view the art work in the art gallery and the photographic exhibition and vegetarian lunch in the temple's cafe.

Waiheke Island - Island paradise

Date: Sunday 11th September
Time: 9.30am - 2.00pm
Departing from: Pier 2, Auckland ferry terminal, Quay Street at 9.10am, ferry departs 9.30am
Cost: $135.00 per person
Inclusions: includes tour escort, round trip ferry tickets, road transport on Waiheke Island, bottled water, wine tasting
Register: via the online registration site from 29 April, or by email request to

Wine tasting at Waiheke
When Aucklander's talk of an island paradise they are referring to Waiheke Island which is 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland.  With a permanent population of around 9,000 people Waiheke Island is home to over 30 wineries, along with olive groves and dozens of local and internationally renowned artists.  On this picturesque island there is a blend of farmland, forest and stunning beaches. With hot, dry summers and stony soils, Waiheke wineries produce unique, high quality wines based on cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and the recent move into chardonnay grape varieties.

Start the day on Waiheke Island with wine tasting at Cable Bay Vineyards. Cable Bay Vineyards began with the vision to hand-craft wines from the highest quality fruit, grown in small lot vineyards located in the most desirable places for their respective varietals. They have selected three locations within New Zealand – Waiheke, Marlborough and Central Otago that we believe are able to produce exceptional wines. Their first vineyard was planted on Waiheke Island in 1998 with Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Gris. They now grow more than 10 varietals across New Zealand including Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Their very first Chardonnay produced in 2002 won the gold medal at the prestigious International Wine Challenge in London, in a competition involving more than 40,000 bottles of wine from around the world.  

Following the wine tasting visit Oneroa town centre which is home to numerous cafes and galleries, Glowing Sky  (New Zealand made merino garments), Island Gelato (delicious gelato!), the Waiheke Art Gallery, Christine gallery etc. Free time to discover Oneroa and to have an independent for lunch in Oneroa before travelling back to the Waiheke Island ferry terminal.

1.30 pm ferry departs Waiheke Island bound for Auckland. 2.10 pm approximate arrival time at Auckland ferry terminal. Guests to make their own way to their accommodations.