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General Information

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The Cordis, Auckland (formerly known as the Langham Hotel Auckland) is a stylish 5 star hotel offering devotion to detail in all their services and facilities. Cordis, meaning ‘heart’ in Latin, are a brand of hotels that offer a deeply caring, intuitive and supportive service that comes straight from the heart.

Facilities include spacious, naturally-lit rooms to a range of luxury suites, with large restful beds, well designed bathrooms, blackout curtains and state-of-the-art broadband and workstation facilities. Relax and rejuvenate after a swim in the outdoor heated pool or work out in the gym, with a treatment at the restful Chuan Spa. Start the evening with a cocktail in the luxurious surrounds of the Lobby Lounge before dining in Eight – the hotel’s unique restaurant that offers 8 interactive dining stations.

Cordis are the first hotel in Australasia to gain the prestigious EarthCheck Platinum Certification, representing 10 years of continuous certification with EarthCheck. The Platinum Certification places us as a leader in the unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators that are certified to the internationally recognised EarthCheck company standard.

Car Parking
The Cordis Auckland offers valet car parking at a cost of $45 per day.

Alternatively, there is a Wilson carpark located off Liverpool Street at the rear of the hotel for guest convenience. All carparking is subject to availability and can only be booked one month in advance.

The Cordis Hotel Auckland offers a daily complimentary shuttle service to and from Downtown Auckland on a regular basis. Please check times and make your bookings directly with the hotel concierge.

Climate
Auckland’s spring weather brings an enjoyable mixture of warm days and cooler evenings. Temperatures will range from about 15-20 degrees in the day down to 9-12 degrees in the evenings and nights, but can be changeable.

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).  Daylight saving time (an advance of one hour per day) is observed from the end of September until early April.

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.