Social Excursions

Prior to and during the conference if you need assistance with planning and booking pre and post congress tours and or local sightseeing tours then please contact Sharron Hickman at (or alternetively at or phone +64 0274732934    Sharron and her colleague will operate a sightseeing and tour desk, located close to the registration desk at the conference venue for the same hours that the registration desk is open.   Please visit with Sharron and her colleague, at their desk, to plan and book sightseeing and touring options.   They look forward to meeting you in New Zealand.



Waiheke Island – sightseeing tour, wine, beer and olive oil tastings. 

12.30 pm to approximately 5.40 pm.

12.30 pm – coaches will depart from conference venue bound for Auckland ferry terminal.

1.00 pm – ferry departs Auckland bound for Waiheke Island.      Guests to either bring their own lunches with them or purchase their own lunches on the ferry and eat their lunches while travelling to Waiheke Island.

1.40 pm – arrival time at Waiheke Island.

On arrival at Waiheke Island guests will be met and taken on a tour of Waiheke Island including wine tastings at two wineries, beer tastings, olive oil presentation and tastings, walk on the beach at Onetangi Beach and a scenic tour of the island.      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.

5.00 pm ferry departs Waiheke Island bound for Auckland.

5.40 pm approximate arrival time at Auckland ferry terminal.

On arrival back at Auckland ferry terminal guests to make their own way to their accommodations.     Or some guests may like to stay on Waiheke Island for dinner at a local restaurant such as The Local or Vino Vino or a winery restaurant such as Cable Bay or Mudbrick.

$195.00 per person includes tour escort, coach transport from conference venue to Auckland ferry terminal, round trip ferry tickets, road transport and driver / guide on Waiheke Island, wine tastings at two wineries, beer tastings, olive oil presentation and tastings and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.

Minimum 25 guests and maximum 120 guests.     However if less than 25 guests book on the tour the tour may, at the discretion of Exclusive Tours Limited, still go ahead.

You can register for this trip whilst registering for the Conference or emailing and requesting this to be added and charged to you.



All tours featured below depart from and end at Owen G. Glenn Building, Auckland unless otherwise stated in the proposed tour notes.

Please also note that these tours must be booked through Sharron directly.

Auckland city sightseeing tour including guided tour of Auckland Museum and Maori cultural performance at Auckland Museum – A great way to see the “city of Sails”.

1.00 pm to approximately 5.30 pm.

With a population of approximately 1.6 million Auckland is the largest urban area, in New Zealand, covering 1,100 square kilometres (426 square miles).     Auckland is the largest commercial centre of the county and also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world.

The city straddles a dormant volcanic field of approximately 50 vents, which take the form of cones, lakes, lagoons, islands and depressions.    The most recent and by far the largest volcano, Rangitoto Island, came up out of the sea about 600 to 700 years ago.

Enjoying a mild climate (frosts are rare), 1.5 metres (60 inches) annual rainfall, it has a cosmopolitan flavour, great wining and dining and so offers a good lifestyle.     Known as the “City of Sails”, Auckland has more yachts per head of population than anywhere else in world.    Car ownership is high with one car for every two people.

A large percentage of Auckland is still dominated by a very suburban style of building, giving the city a very low population density.     Although it has little more than a seventh of the population of London, it sprawls over a considerably larger area, making public transport costlier than in other high-density cities.

Highlights during today’s tour of Auckland will include Auckland harbour bridge, Tamaki Drive, Michael Joseph Savage Memorial (great views of the city and harbour from this location), Parnell Rose Gardens, Auckland Domain, one hour guided tour of Auckland Museum, 45 minutes free time at Auckland Museum, Maori cultural performance at Auckland Museum.

At the conclusion of the visit to Auckland Museum travel back to Owen G. Glenn Building, Auckland.

$145.00 per person includes road transport, tour guide, entry to Auckland Museum, one guided tour of Auckland Museum, Maori cultural performance at Auckland Museum, bottled water and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.      Per coach minimum 20 people and maximum 40 people.


Cruise on Auckland Harbour and guided tour of New Zealand Maritime Museum – Scenic harbour cruise, lunch and guided tour of the fascinating New Zealand Maritime Museum.

1.00 pm to approximately 5.30 pm.

Escape the city centre bustle and cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour.     Informative commentary as you cruise on the harbour, along with views of four major Auckland icons – the Harbour Bridge, Rangitoto Island, Bean Rock and the Sky Tower- and much more!

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a guided tour of the New Zealand Maritime Museum.    This great museum provides a fascinating glimpse into New Zealand’s wonderful relationship with the sea as explorers and every day New Zealanders.     With a team of passionate and knowledgeable staff and volunteers, they share New Zealand’s history and inspirational stories throughout their extensive galleries, exhibitions, programmes and on-water experiences.

At the conclusion of the guided tour of the New Zealand Maritime Museum delegates are on their own to do whatever they like in downtown Auckland.

$150.00 per person includes road transport from Owen G. Glenn Guilding to Auckland ferry building, tour manager, 90 minute harbour cruise, tea/coffee and muffin during harbour cruise, entry ticket and 1 hour guided tour of the New Zealand Maritime Museum, bottled water and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.      Minimum 25 people and maximum 40 people.


Mountain biking – Two hour guided mountain biking adventure in the Woodhill Forest.

1.00 pm to about 5.30 pm.    This time frame includes travelling to and from the bike park.

Woodhill Forest is a great destination for adventure lovers with activities year round.     The forest is a popular location for a number of recreation activities, mountain biking, including horse riding, 4WD and trail biking, walking, dog walking, tree climbing adventures (confidence and team building), orienteering and filming.     Woodhill Forest is a sand based pine forest, providing all weather trails and recreation.    For mountain biking enthusiasts there are over 50 named trails/courses which provide over 100 kilometres of single track riding and over 100 purpose-built, council compliant jumps and stunts including the huge and pretty scary ‘North Shore’ stunts.    Woodhill Mountain Bike Park has become renowned throughout New Zealand’s riding community as an exceptional and unique mountain biking destination.     It’s sand base means they can offer year round riding which is a characteristic that gives us the freedom to continue to pour more resources into its development.    With an intimate knowledge of both Woodhill and Mountain Biking the guides will help you get the most out of your ride by tailoring it specifically to the ability and fitness of your group, while also providing “friendly coaching” along the way during the two hour mountain biking experience.

At the conclusion of the exhilarating mountain biking travel back to Owen G. Glenn Building, Auckland.

$150.00 per person includes road transport, tour manager, helmet and mountain bike hire, mountain bike guides (1 guide per 10 bikers), snack food, bottled water and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.      Per coach minimum 20 people and maximum 40 people.


Bush and beach and art tour – Experience New Zealand rain forest, black sand beach and great New Zealand art.

1.00 pm to approximately 6.00 pm.

Only 30 kilometres from downtown Auckland is the city’s largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges.     No other city in New Zealand has such a wonderful asset so close to it.    In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquility of the rainforest.     Stop en-route, to purchase your own food for lunch.     Your driver and hiking guide will select a great location for you to eat your lunch and they will also supply tea/coffee/water.      Visit Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges an enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Manukau Harbour to the Pacific Ocean.    Continue on to the lush rainforest where you walk the easy bush tracks amongst giant fern trees and view New Zealand’s famous kauri trees.    Move on to experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast.    Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.  Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic location.

A treat along the way will be a visit to the West Coast Gallery which is a dynamic, non-profit, community arts venue, which exhibits and sells the unique artworks of over 200 artists all residing in the West area of Auckland City.    It is managed by the West Coast Community Arts Trust.    The gallery is an essential hub of artistic activity in the area.     Regular events and art projects encourage community involvement with the arts.     Monthly exhibitions are held showcasing the works of groups and individual artists.

The range of art on offer includes painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, photography, glass works, mixed media, bronze, flax, local authors and CD’s by Waitakere musicians.    The arts trust  mission statement  – “to promote and encourage the enjoyment of, and participation in the Arts, in all its forms, for the community”.     Over the past 15 years the trust has gone from strength to strength – selling art on behalf of our members, and using the commission on sales to run the gallery.    Any profit obtained is given back to the community in the form of art events, workshops, exhibitions, community events, also working with local schools and pre- school.

At the conclusion of the tour travel back to Owen G. Glenn Building, Auckland.

$185.00 per person includes road transport, driver, hiking guide, Regional Park access fee, tea/coffee/water and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.      Minimum 30 people and maximum 60 people.