General Information

Climate

Nelson typically enjoys a pleasant climate – with crisp, clear days in winter.  The daytime temperature is cool in August, ranging between 5˚C - 13˚C.  It is best to bring plenty of layers as the weather can be changeable.
 

Currency

New Zealand dollars ($) and cents (c).  There are five notes ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100) and five coins (10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2).
 

Customs Allowances

Visitors over 17 years may bring in 50 cigarettes, 4.5L wine or 4.5L of beer and 1.125L of spirits.  Goods over NZ$700 may attract duty and tax.
 

Dress Code

The dress code for the conference sessions is smart-casual.
 

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)

Goods and services in New Zealand are subject to a 15% tax (GST). This tax is usually included in the price, and if not, is clearly stated. This tax cannot be claimed back when leaving the country.
 

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

RANZCR, the Organising Committee and the Meeting 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 flights, or the meeting.

 
Internet Access

There is complimentary wireless available in all function areas.  Login and password details will be supplied at registration. 
 

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.
 

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

Standard branch opening hours are 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. Click HERE for a list of visa waiver countries.
 
If you are travelling from a visa required country, you can apply online for a Visitor Visa. For further information about the visa application process, please visit the New Zealand Immigration website.
 
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.