Excursions

The ICAVS10 organizing committee have created a conference program that provides for half a day of exploration on Wednesday July 10th.  Join in one of the suggested tours below, or explore the Auckland on your own.  Tours listed below will be available to book during registration.

*All prices are provided in NZD and inclusive of GST

Hobbiton

$305 per ticket

Wednesday July 10, 2019

9:00am – FULL DAY

Transportation will pickup and dropoff participants from the conference venue

Hobbiton

Join a DAY TRIP to the largest green movie set in the world, just 2 hours south of Auckland!

Visit this real movie set as seen in the Academy Award Winning “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”. Discover the magic of Middle Earth during the fascinating guided tour of this movie set.Be awed by the party Tree, Bilbo’s home “Bag End”, the 44 Hobbit Holes in the Shire and the Green Dragon Inn.Enjoy a  drink in the Green Dragon Inn followed by a sumptuous buffet lunch.This will be a tour to remember!!

$305.00 per person includes road transport, driver / guide, guided tour of Hobbiton movie set, a drink at the Green Dragon Inn and a buffet lunch.

*Please note this excursion is a full day trip and you will miss the morning conference sessions.

Island Paradise- Waiheke Island

$195 per ticket

Wednesday July 10, 2019

12.30pm – 5.40pm

Transportation will pickup at the conference venue. On arrival back at Auckland ferry terminal guests to make their own way to their accommodations.

Island Paradise – Waiheke Island with Wine Tasting

Sightseeing Tour, Wine, Beer and Olive Oil tasting

On arrival at Waiheke Island guests will be met and taken on a tour of Waiheke Island including wine tastings at two wineries, beer tastings, olive oil presentation and tastings, walk on the beach at Onetangi Beach and a scenic tour of the island. When Aucklander’s talk of an island paradise they are referring to Waiheke Island which is 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland. With a permanent population of around 9,000 people Waiheke Island is home to over 30 wineries, along with olive groves and dozens of local and internationally renowned artists.  On this picturesque island there is a blend of farmland, forest and stunning beaches. With hot, dry summers and stony soils, Waiheke wineries produce unique, high quality wines based on cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and the recent move into chardonnay grape varieties.

$195.00 per person includes tour escort, coach transport from conference venue to Auckland ferry terminal, round trip ferry tickets, road transport and driver / guide on Waiheke Island, wine tastings at two wineries, beer tastings, olive oil presentation and tastings.

*Participants may choose to take a later sailing back to Auckland to enjoy dinner on Waiheke Island once the excursion has finished

 

West Auckland

$110 per ticket

Wednesday July 10, 2019

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Transportation will pickup and drop off at the conference venue.

West Auckland

Sightseeing tour, Muriwai Beach and beer tastings.

42 kilometres west of Auckland city centre is Muriwai Beach. About 1,100 people live at this beach which is located at the southern end of an unbroken 50 kilometre stretch of beach which extends up the Tasman Sea coach to the mouth of the Kaipara Harbour.      Sand and rock (sedimentary), older volcanic material, with many concretions and layers in the cliff walls. A blowhole plays often. The shore platform is also well jointed, with the main rock type being piha conglomerate. Muriwai Beach has black sand, caused by the iron content derived from the ancient volcanoes in the area, including the large “Kaipara Volcano” which was situated offshore from the Kaipara Heads, and erupted 23-16 million years ago. The black sand is moved up the west coast of the North Island by long-shore drift. The area has retained much of its natural beauty and isolation.

Pastimes enjoyed at and close to Muriwai Beach include paragliding, hang gliding, fishing, bush walking, driving along the beach, surfing, sand yachting, mountain biking, horse riding and golf. The beach was used extensively for motor racing from the 1920’s through to the 1940’s. Walking track leads to a viewing platform right above the mainland gannet colony area. Out to sea, the colony continues on two vertical-sided islands. About 1,200 pairs of gannets nest here from August to March each year. There will be free time at Muriwai Beach to walk on the beach and explore the walking tracks etc. before visiting Hallertau for craft beer tastings. Beers made with yeast , rainwater and fistfuls of hops are combined to make outstanding craft beers at Hallertau.

$110.00 per person includes tour escort, road transport and driver / guide, Auckland Regional Council permit for access to Muriwai Beach, beer tastings

Waterfront E-Bike Ride

$165 per ticket

Wednesday July 10, 2019

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Transportation will pickup at the conference venue. At the conclusion of the bike ride guests to make their own way back to their accommodation.

Waterfront Guided E-Bike Ride

Approximatly 3 hours biking and sightseeing. Easy ride suited to all ages and abilities

The Auckland waterfront bike ride route heads east past Queens Wharf, Ports of Auckland, Okahu Bay, Kelly Tarlton’s and Sir Michael Joseph Savage Memorial before arriving at Mission Bay – a beautiful golden sand beach with safe swimming and stunning harbour views.

$165.00 per person includes transfer from conference venue to bike tour headquarters, biking guide (1 biking guide per 10 bikers), bike hire, helmet, cable lock, souvenir map and light refreshments

*If you would prefer a regular bike (not an electric-bike) please advise at time of booking