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Visas are generally not needed for NZ, but you should consult your travel agent. Prices below are given in NZ$ and can be converted using the currency converter available at: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

Getting to New Zealand
Most flights into New Zealand arrive in Auckland (airport code AKL). In March 2006 the cheapest flights from America and Europe were operated by Air New Zealand and fly via Los Angeles then direct to Auckland (or, if you're lucky, via some tropical pacific island paradise). From South America Lan Chile operate a direct route to Auckland from Santiago, Chile. From Europe there are several airlines that fly to New Zealand via Asia. Note: when departing Auckland airport there is a 25 NZ$ departure tax that is not included in your airticket (they take credit cards and cash for this).

Getting to Rotorua
Rotorua is on North Island of New Zealand. From Auckland it is possible to drive to Rotorua (3-3.5hrs; 145 miles; 233 km) or fly (~45mins). If you drive, please note that most New Zealanders (`kiwis') drive on the left hand side. Flights to Rotorua (airport code ROT) are operated by Air New Zealand and cost around 200 NZ$. The flight to Rotorua may be cheaper if combined with your international flight.

The airport is 9km from the city. A taxi to your hotel will cost NZ$25 (approx). Shuttle buses are available and fares start from NZ$14 one way. Or it is possible to take the City Ride (local bus). This runs Mon -Sat except public hoildays. It will cost you NZ$2 each way.

All passengers departing Rotorua Airport are required to pay a Development Levy of NZ$5.

Accomodation
We are not organising any accomodation for conference attendees, however, we negotiated a discounted rate at the Ibis and Novotel (see first 2 hotels below). We have also listed some of the other accomodation available in Rotorua. We have included a map (which covers roughly 2 x 3.5km) and, to help you get your bearings, the conference centre is at the corner of Fenton and Haupapa Streets.

Click here for a MAP of Rotorua.

Conference centre Not a hotel!

Royal Lakeside Novotel NZ$160+tax/superior room
Lake End Tutanekai Street. Email h1874-re01@accor.com. Quote "Astronomy Conference"

Ibis Rotorua NZ$125+tax/room
Lake End Rangiuru Street. Email h1874-re01@accor.com. Quote "Astronomy Conference".

Princes Gate
1057 Arawa Street

Lake Plaza NZ$99/room
1000 Eruera Street

Rydges NZ$123/room
272 Fenton Street

Quality Resort Heritage NZ$155/room
349 Fenton Street

Grand Tiara NZ$120/night
390 Fenton Street

Quality Geyserland NZ$130/night
424 Fenton Street

Park Heritage NZ$125/room
Cnr Froude and Tryon Sts

Four Canoes NZ$95/night
273 Fenton Street

Millenium NZ$135/night
Corner Eruera & Hinemaru Streets

Gwendoline Court Motor Lodge NZ$110/night
Cnr Fenton and Gwendoline Streets

Ambassador Thermal Motel NZ$90/night
Cnr Whakaue and Hinemaru Sts

Geneva Motor Lodge NZ$100/room
299 Fenton Street

Backpackers:
Base Backpackers NZ$21 for bed in 8 person room, $52 for single room
114C Hinemoa Street

Hot Rock Backpackers NZ$25 for bed in 4-person room
1286 Arawa Street

Crash Palace NZ$21 for bed in 8 person room
1271 Hinemaru Street

Treks Rotorua Backpackers NZ$24 for bed in 4-person room
1278 Haupapa Street