2017 Social Programme

Social Programme

Please note that if you do not select social function tickets during the registration process (even when included in the registration cost), we may not be able to accommodate your request for tickets on site. We are required to give final numbers in advance of the conference, and the earlier we are advised the better. So please check your registration confirmation carefully for your selections, and let the Conference Managers know if changes are required.

Welcome Function

Wednesday 8 November, 5pm
Industry Exhibition Area, Energy Events Centre

The opening social at the 2017 ASM offers a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues, whilst enjoying some fantastic New Zealand food and wine.  Our 2017 sponsors and exhibitors look forward to welcoming you to the first of our networking events in the bubbling city of Rotorua.

Live music provided by Rubita.

Tickets:  Included in Full Registration Fee. Additional tickets can be purchased for $40 per person.

Dress:  Smart Casual

NZSA and ANZCA NZNC Cocktail Function

Thursday 9 November, 6pm
The Blue Baths, Government Gardens

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

Tickets: Invitation only

Dress: Business Suit

Conference Dinner

Friday 10 November, 7pm
Stratosphere Restaurant, Skyline Rotorua

Elevated to new heights for the 2017 ASM Dinner! A touch of fear and excitement are in store when the 900 metre long Doppelmayr cableway system transports you on a scenic ride with a glass of bubbles in hand to award-winning Stratosphere restaurant at Rotorua Skyline. An evening of fine wine and music, matched with a sumptuous buffet dinner are in store.  Enjoy the soulful background sounds of Two Many Chiefs over dinner, while catching up with colleagues, celebrating successes and enjoying the panoramic evening view of Rotorua.  For those with their dancing shoes, premium band The Hipstamatics will entertain with iconic well-known tunes interpreted into an authentic vintage soul/funk style. Join us for a fantastic evening, and the premium social event of the 2017 ASM.

Transport: Return transport will be provided from The Novotel and Princes Gate Hotels to Skyline Rotorua.  Departures at 6.45pm.  Returns every half-hour from 10pm.

Tickets: Included in Full Registration Fee. Additional tickets may be purchased for $120 per person.

Dress: Formal

Further Activities in Rotorua

Friday afternoon leaves you free to explore the extensive variety of activities on offer in Rotorua. We have listed just a few recommendations here.  All bookings should be made direct with the operators.

Canopy Tours Rotorua

Experience the thrill of flying high above untraversed native forest valleys in this three hour zipline adventure.Take in the whole picture of ecology from great heights with classic Kiwi guides who help visitors handfeed wild native birds, while sharing firsthand knowledge of the bird song, flora, fauna and efforts to restore the forest’s magical ecosystem.

Image Credit Rotorua Canopy Tours –

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Redwoods Tree Walk

The Redwoods Treewalk is a 553 m walkway that consists of a series of 23 suspension bridges traversing the gaps between 22 majestic 110-year-old Redwood trees. The bridge sections gradually incline from 6 m in height to a stunning 12 m at its peak. In addition to the day-time treewalk, Redwoods Treewalk and David Trubridge Design have partnered to create an iconic nocturnal tourism experience: the Redwoods Nightlights.

Image Credit: Redwoods Treewalk

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Mountain Bike The Redwoods

One of the oldest mountain bike networks in the country, with master crafted trails, unbeatable riding surfaces, well draining volcanic soils, varying topography and fantastic scenery. It is no wonder Rotorua is renowned among mountain bikers as a premier riding destination.

With around 130km of continually evolving trails, there is something to cater for all levels of rider, from beginners and family groups through to experts looking for extreme action.

Mountain Bike Rotorua, the on-site bike hire at the Rotorua Mountain Bike car park also operate the container café which sells awesome coffee, smoothies, sammies, cakes, ice-creams and other goodies to re-fuel after your ride.

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Polynesian Spa


Escape to Polynesian Spa and unlock nature’s gift in Rotorua. Your soul will thank you for it.

Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua lies Polynesian Spa – a geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat, where you can experience wellness sourced from Rotorua’s very own backyard. Renowned for its healing waters and decadent therapies, discover why people have flocked to these waters since the 1800s.

Image Credit: Polynesian Spa

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Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

The Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre is a place where people can visit and see birds of prey up close during interactive flying displays, hosted by the country’s leading experts. The displays showcase the spectacular flying skills of these amazing birds and are a unique educational experience enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Image Credit: Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

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Te Puia

Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, on the edge of Rotorua. We are home to the world famous Pōhutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs and silica formations. You will also find the native Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. We have shared these taonga (treasures) with manuhiri (visitors) for over 170 years and proudly continue that tradition today.

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Rotorua – New Zealand’s Coolest Hot Spot

Rotorua is an adventure playground with a plethora of activities to enjoy and some of nature’s most fascinating gems. The resort-style city is in the heart of the North Island is one of New Zealand’s most unique and iconic destinations.

With 16 lakes and fishing streams, world famous Whakarewarewa Forest bike trails, and the geothermal wonderland of boiling mud pools and soaring geysers, Rotorua is both an action adventure playground and award-winning spa destination. Of course, Rotorua is also home to the indigenous Maori culture, and is the best place to learn the traditions and stories of these proud and welcoming people.

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