General Information


Airport Meet and Greet

The Organising Committee will organise coach transport for APAA delegates on Friday 3 November and Saturday 4 November from the International Terminal to Conference Hotels.  Times will be confirmed shortly.  We will be contacting all delegates shortly to request their flight details to assist our planning.

Please click here for directions between terminals
Please click here for Auckland Terminal Maps
If arriving from overseas, please click here for arrival information   


New Zealand has a national biosecurity system that is considered one of the most robust in the world. Please refer to for more information.  

Booking your travel to Auckland

Auckland Airport is serviced by several international airlines. Click here to find out more.

For Auckland Domestic Airport information please click here.

For domestic travellers, there are also InterCity buses which will arrive in the city centre. Click here to read more.

Car Rental

We encourage you to take advantage of corporate rates through Avis Rent a Car. Just call the local Avis office on 0800 284 722 and quote the booking reference number: AWD Z994400.


November is spring in New Zealand.  Typical daytime temperatures in Auckland range from 18 - 21 degrees Celsius during November.   Our maritime climate means we can have four seasons in one day.  We recommend you pack layers (from light shirts, fleeces/woolen jumpers) along with a rain jacket.


The currency used is the New Zealand dollar. Banking hours are usually 0900 - 1600hrs, Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines are well spread throughout Auckland city. International credit cards are accepted throughout the country banks, most hotels and city stores.

Disclosure of Registration Information

If you do not wish your details to be provided to sponsors or other delegates, please tick the appropriate box on the registration form.


The dress code is as follows:

Conference Sessions: Smart Casual or Lounge Suit
Welcome Reception: Smart Casual or Lounge Suit
Discover New Zealand Night: Smart Casual
Gala Dinner: Formal (Lounge Suit or Cocktail Dress) or National Dress
Hospitality: Smart Casual or Lounge Suit
Monday Excursions: You will be provided with detailed information for your tour.  Dress for all tours is casual, those who pick adventure activities will need to wear appropriate clothing, where this is not provided. 


New Zealand uses a 240 volt 50 cycle system with 3 pin flat plugs.

Goods and Services Tax

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


It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover the duration of your visit to New Zealand and to protect against cancellation charges, loss or damage to your luggage and personal effects, loss of cash and medical expenses.

Name Badges

Name badges will be given to all delegates on registration. We ask that you wear your badge at all times, including social functions. Entry tickets will be given for all applicable social and optional events.


SkyCity Auckland: Car parking is available in the SkyCity carpark. Entrances are on Federal Street and Hobson Street. A discounted parking rate is available if you ‘validate’ your parking ticket at the parking validation machine located on Level 4 of the SkyCity Convention Centre.

Valet Parking is $45 each day, with unlimited access.

Casual Rate (6am - 6pm)

  • First hour $11.00
  • Each Extra hour $5.50
  • Maximum $40.00

Casual Rate (6am - 6pm)

  • First hour $15.00
  • Each extra hour $5.50
  • Maximum $40.00

Early Bird Rates

  • Monday - Friday $14.00
  • Entry between 6am - 9am and exit before 6pm on the same day (single entry and exit)

Lost ticket $50.

Please check the SkyCity website for any updated rates.

Note: Please note the Asian Patent Attorneys Association’s Annual Council Meeting 2017 takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained within the various websites and meetings' links.

Public transport in Auckland

Train and bus services run from Auckland's suburbs directly to and from the city centre. Full timetables and pricing can be found on the Auckland public transport website here.

Smartphone app

The free Essential New Zealand travel app from Tourism New Zealand is available from the App Store and Google play. Make the most of your stay without the need for an internet connection.

Special Requirements

Every effort will be made to ensure delegates with special needs are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance, or catering please give details required on your registration form.

Transport from the Auckland Airport to Auckland City

  • APAA Shuttle Buses
    Shuttle buses will be available to delegates on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November. An online form will be sent to all registered delegates prior to the Conference, to complete to provide details of your arrival flight.
  • Taxis
    A taxi fare from the Auckland Airport to the city centre is around $90 one way. Taxi ranks are located outside the arrivals area (door 8) at the international terminal. You can pre-book your taxi on this website or just turn up at the terminal ranks – taxis are always available.
  • Super Shuttle
    Super Shuttle offers a shared ride option. The approximate cost for the trip from the airport to the city is $35 one way for one person. The shuttles operate from the Shuttle rank at the airport (not the taxi rank) located outside the arrivals area (door 8). Bookings can be made on the Super Shuttle website or just turn up at the terminal ranks.


New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 13 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) in November as daylight savings (DST) will have started.


No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.

Visa Information

All visitors to New Zealand must have a passport which is valid for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand. Visa information and the visa application form are available on If you require a Visitor’s Visa, please allow at least 5 - 6 weeks for processing.

Visa Waiver Countries

Citizens of some countries do not need to apply for a visa before travelling to New Zealand, view the list of visa waiver countries here.

If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you do not need to apply for a visa to visit New Zealand but you must:

  • Hold a valid ticket from New Zealand to a country where you have the right of entry
  • Have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand
  • Hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you intend leaving New Zealand
  • Remain in New Zealand only for the time granted on your arrival

APEC Business Travel Card

For information about how to apply and contact details of ABTC authorities, please click here.

For frequently asked questions (FAQs), please click here.

Fast and efficient travel for business people within the APEC region contributes to APEC's goal of free and open trade and investment. To this end APEC has created an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC). The ABTC allows business travellers pre-cleared, facilitated short-term entry to participating member economies. The ABTC removes the need to individually apply for visas or entry permits, saving valuable time, and allows multiple entries into participating economies during the three years the card is valid. Card holders also benefit from faster immigration processing on arrival via access to fast-track entry and exit through special APEC lanes at major airports in participating economies.

The ABTC also helps to enhance border integrity and security in participating economies by providing benefits to border agencies as it increases the number of low risk travellers since each applicant is checked against 'watch lists' of other participating economies. Therefore, it carries savings not only for business people but for governments, too.

APEC member economies fully participating in the scheme include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Canada and the United States are transitional members of the scheme.

Canada and the United States are transitional members of the scheme. Canada is still working towards issuing cards to its own citizens. In the United States, legislation has been passed authorizing the issuance of ABTCs to eligible persons. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is in the process of commencing card issuance.

Since the creation of the scheme, in 1997, data indicates that the growth rate has continued to accelerate steadily. In 2007 the increase in applications received by the participating economies was more than 100% on a year-on-year basis. By March 2008, the active number of cards was more than 34,000, with the highest share reported by Australia (nearly 40% of the total amount issued).

In addition, according to the APEC Policy Support Unit study on “The Impact of Business Mobility in Reducing Trade Transaction Costs in APEC”, the ABTC scheme reduced transaction costs for ABTC holders by 38% between March-July 2010 and March-July 2011, representing a total savings of USD3.7 million. Total at-the-border immigration time savings experienced by ABTC holders for the period March-July 2010 through March-July 2011 is 62,413 hours, a monetary value of USD1.9 million.

Streamlined Visa Processing for Selected Loyalty Members

Immigration New Zealand has established partnerships with the below organisations, offering streamlined visitor visa processes for members who are able to demonstrate that they meet certain qualifying criteria.

Air New Zealand - Gold Elite, Gold or Silver Airpoints Cardholders - Visa Application Checklist

China Southern Airlines – Gold or Silver Status Cardholders – Visa Application Checklist

China UnionPay – Diamond or Platinum status credit card holders – Visa Application Checklist

Singapore Airlines – Singapore Airlines PPS Club, KrisFlyer Elite Gold or Elite Silver member - Visa Application Checklist

Thai Airways – Thai Citizen and a Thai Airways Silver, Gold or Platinum member - Visa Application Checklist

Find out more about streamlined visa processing here.


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