Last year, Tourism New Zealand received government funding of US$26.35 million over four years to grow the business events sector. The ‘100% Pure New Zealand – Beyond Convention’ campaign was launched globally in September 2013, targeting associations, conference organisers and corporate decision-makers in key markets such as the US, Australia, China and Southeast Asia. The association is focusing on attracting large-scale international business events by actively promoting the country’s conference facilities in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.
The largest venue in Auckland, Vector Arena, can accommodate 12,000 and is popular for concerts and performances.
A combination of fixed, removable and retractable seating allows for flexibility in group sizes. The venue has several corporate hospitality suites, with capacities ranging from 25 to 100. Offering views of the city skyline and terrace, The Tuning Fork functions as an open bar and diner before many events in the main arena.
SkyCity Auckland Convention Centre (right) is popular for meetings and events for up to 2,000 delegates. It is located in a bar and restaurant complex next to a casino, the 328m Sky Tower, and two hotels: the all-suite SkyCity Grand Hotel and 323-room Skycity Hotel.
Built in 1929, The Civic was the first purpose-built movie house in New Zealand and has become an iconic landmark and entertainment venue. Featuring a Rococo design, twisted columns and domed ceilings, the auditorium can accommodate 2,378 people over two levels.