World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production

New Zealand

Tourism opportunities abound in New Zealand – you can travel south to see the mountains, lakes, forests and lush pastures of the planet's greenest country. Enjoy some of the world's finest wines from vineyards of unsurpassed beauty. Visit Queenstown, which has the breath-taking alpine scenery you saw in the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings movies. See the blue Pacific waters where world-famous Kiwi sailors honed their skills.

The challenge will be which of many gloriously scenic places to choose, all within one or two hour flights from Auckland.



New Zealand is readily accessible with multiple airlines flying regularly.


New Zealand is jam-packed with things to do. The hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding which to do first!

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Travelling to a new country always brings questons. Our Travel Guide page is your portal to all the information you need. Look here for tips on visas, climate and weather, flights, currency, health and safety, electricity and communication, time zone, etc

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Visit the New Zealand website for all the information you'll ever need

For a suggested 5 day tour itinerary click here

For a suggested 7 day tour itinerary click here


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New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$).  

There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ$10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report.

Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres.

How much will it cost?

Here is a general guide of what you can expect to pay in New Zealand for a few common items (approx):

  • Hotel breakfast NZ$10- $35
  • Espresso coffee NZ$3.50 - $6.00
  • Cafe lunch NZ$10 - $25
  • Dinner (three-course, no wine) NZ$20 - $50

Travel to New Zealand

Estimated Flight Times:

  • Eastern Australia   3.5 hours  
  • Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo     10 hours
  • United States (West Coast)   12 hours
  • United States (East Coast)   19 hours
  • Dubai   19 hours
  • London, Amsterdam, Paris   25 hours

Air New Zealand is New Zealand's national carrier:

Other airlines that service Auckland:

Aerolineas Argentinas, Aircalin, Air Canada*, Air Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Vanuatu, American Airlines*, Asiana Airlines, British Airways*, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, EVA Air*, Japan Airlines*, Korean Air, Lan Chile, Lufthansa Airlines*, Malaysia Airlines,Mexicana Airlines*, Polynesian Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Tongan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, United Airlines*

*code share

Passports and Visas

For information on requirements for traveling to New Zealand please visit or talk to your local travel agent.

All visitors to New Zealand must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand.

Citizens of some countries must obtain a Visitor's Visa. Visa information and the visa application form are available on:

If you require a Visitor's Visa, please allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing.

If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you do not need to apply for a visa to visit New Zealand but you must:

  • Hold a valid ticket from New Zealand to a country where you have the right of entry
  • Have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand
  • Hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you intend leaving New Zealand
  • Remain in New Zealand only for the time granted on your arrival 

China and Thailand business events visas:

Delegates from China and Thailand can significantly speed up their visa application process by applying through these special channels:






No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.

Time Zone

Refer to this handy time zone converter to check the local time in New Zealand.

Electricity / Voltage

New Zealand electricity runs at 230/240 volts (50 hertz). Many accommodation options also have 110 volt AC sockets for use with electric razors.  Power sockets only accept flat three-pin (with earth connection) or two-pin plugs.

Most foreign electrical equipment will require an adapter/converter - these are available at visitor information centres, tourist shops, appliance stores.

Exchange rates

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand provides a monthly online summary of the New Zealand Dollar's average value against the US Dollar, the Pound, the Australian Dollar, the Yen and the Euro.  Refer to the currency converter supplied on the 'registration page.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to travelling to New Zealand. The policy should include loss of fees/deposits through cancellation of your participation in the congress, or through cancellation of the congress itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the Organising Committee or the congress organisers take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in relation to this matter.


English is the official language of the Congress.


New Zealanders do not expect tips for normal service – even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for special service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.

Special Requirements

Please give details of any special diet or disability assistance required for yourself or partner on the registration site.

Dress Code

The Congress dress code is Smart Casual.

Smartphone App

The free Essential New Zealand travel app from Tourism New Zealand is available from the App Store and Google play. Make the most of your stay without the need for an internet connection.