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General Information

General Information

The following information may assist you when planning your conference attendance, and trip to Queenstown.

Climate
Queenstown’s winter temperatures are seldom above 10 degree celcius in the day.  Winter days bring frosty mornings, clear blue skies, snowfall and cold temperatures.

Dress Code
The dress code for the meeting sessions is smart–casual.

Driving
In New Zealand all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving.  You will only be able to drive the same type of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country.  The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years.

Electricity
240 volts, 50 hertz, with Australia/New Zealand pattern three-pin sockets.

Emergency Services
111 is the emergency number for Police, Fire and Ambulance.

Good and Services Tax (GST)
New Zealand has a 15% goods and services tax. Overseas visitors cannot claim this back. Some stores may waive GST if you show onward or return air tickets, or international shipment is arranged.

Health
No vaccination certificates are required. Public and private hospitals provide a high standard of treatment and care. Medical services are not free to visitors. Health insurance is recommended.

Insurance
ANZCA, NZSA, the Organising Committee and the conference managers will not accept any liability for losses associated with the meeting. Delegates are advised to arrange their own comprehensive travel and medical insurance, including insurance for personal possessions and financial loss due to cancellation or postponement of the meeting.

Language
The official language of the meeting is English. Translation facilities will not be provided.

Mobile Telephones
New Zealand operates on a 900 or 1800 MHz network, as do most countries except Canada and USA. Mobile telephones from these countries will not operate in New Zealand. You can buy or rent a New Zealand compatible phone or SIM card upon arrival.

Postal Services
You can buy stamps and post items at Post Shops.  Stamps can also be purchased from stationers.  Look for red, black and white post boxes to post letters.

Privacy Act 1993 – New Zealand
A delegate list will be produced for the meeting including name, organisation and email address. It will be distributed to meeting attendees, sponsors and exhibitors in printed format, and provided to the ANZCA, NZSA or organisers of future meetings. Should you not wish your details to be included on the list please indicate when asked during the registration process.

Shopping
Normal shopping hours from Monday to Friday are from 9am till 5pm. Some shops are open late on Thursday and Friday till 9pm. On Saturday and Sunday most shopping malls are open normal shopping hours.

Trading Banks
Monday to Friday 9am till 4.30pm.

Telephone Directory Services
Most phone boxes require a phone card.  These can be bought at convenience stores and service stations. Dial 018 for local directory assistance or 0172 for international directory assistance.

Time Zone
New Zealand Standard Time is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Tipping and Service Charges
Tipping is not expected, but you may wish to tip for extra-special service or kindness.

Visas
Currently travellers from more than 50 countries do not require a visitor’s visa for stays of less than three months. For further information about visas please visit www.immigration.govt.nz. It is the policy of the meeting NOT to supply an “invitation letter”. Upon payment of registration fees, each delegate receives a registration confirmation letter and receipt of payment.