General Information

General Information

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

The city of Christchurch has a temperate, relatively dry climate with rain falling on fewer days than New Zealand’s other major cities. Overall Christchurch’s climate is comfortable all year round, although winter nights can be cold and frosts are common.

After a cold, frosty morning Christchurch usually enjoys a bright, sunny day with little or no wind. Warm Nor’wester winds are possible at any time of year, but usually during the summer months of December, January and February.

The average temperature of Christchurch in January is 22.5°C (72.5°F) and 11.3°C (52.3°F) in July. Temperatures in summer are often moderated by cool sea breezes.

Winter temperatures often fall below 0°C (32°F) at night and there are on average 70 days of frost per year. Snow falls are usually expected once or twice a year on the hill suburbs of Christchurch and about once every second year on the plains.

Average High Temperature Ranges:

  • Summer (Dec – Feb): Daytime 21°C – 23°C
  • Autumn (Mar – May): Daytime 14°C – 20°C
  • Winter (Jun – Aug): Daytime 11°C – 13°C
  • Spring (Sep – Nov): Daytime 15°C– 19°C

On average, Christchurch has 2100 hours of sunshine per year. The average annual rainfall for Christchurch is 648mm.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

ANZCA, NZSA, NZATS, 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.

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

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.

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.

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, NZATS 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Monday to Friday 9am till 4.30pm.

It is important to keep yourself updated on the current travel information and any restrictions imposed by your country of origin, and destination with regard to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  In addition, information regarding travel restrictions to New Zealand can be found on the New Zealand Ministry of Health website, and more widely on the World Health Organisation site. As always, we do recommend that you obtain personal travel insurance when arranging attendance and travel for the Symposium.

Do I need a visa or a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) to enter New Zealand?
Currently travellers from more than 50 countries do not require a visitor’s visa for stays of less than three months – however travellers from a visa waiver country and Australian permanent residents do require an NZeTA.

Click HERE for a list of visa waiver countries – if you are not from a visa waiver country, you will need to apply for a visitor’s visa in order to travel to/through New Zealand.

How do I apply for a New Zealand visa?
For information about the visa application process, please visit the New Zealand Immigration website.

What is an NZeTA?
The New Zealand Government is introducing an Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) from 1st October 2019, which will affect most International travellers to New Zealand – excluding New Zealand and Australian citizens. Both International visitors from a visa waiver country and Australian permanent residents will now be required to obtain an NZeTA before arriving in New Zealand. An application for an NZeTA can be requested through through the NZ immigration website. Once complete, application approval can take up to 72 hours – so visitors to New Zealand will need to ensure they have obtained their NZeTA well in advance of their travel. The cost of obtaining the NZeTA online is NZD $12.

Please visit www.immigration.govt.nz/nzeta for further information and to obtain an NZeTA.

Please note, it is the policy of the meeting NOT to supply an “invitation letter”.  Upon payment of registration fees, each delegate receives a registration confirmation email and receipt of payment.

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