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Travel Information

Participants from countries that do not have a visa waiver arrangement with New Zealand will need to apply for a visa before they travel to New Zealand. Visa waiver countries are found on the Immigration New Zealand website.  If you require an invitation letter for your visa application please contact the local organising committee by email. All visitors to New Zealand need to meet standard entry requirements, including being of good health and character, having evidence of outward travel to a country they have right of entry to and sufficient funds to support their stay in New Zealand.

If you are transiting via Australia (even if it is just a 30 minute stopover) you are likely to require an Australian Transit Visa.  If you are transiting via any other country en route to New Zealand, please check the relevant visa requirements for that country.

Arranging your travel to and from the meeting

Meeting participants are advised to arrive in Blenheim by Sunday 12th November. Blenheim can be reached by Air New Zealand flights from Auckland International Airport and Wellington International Airport. There are a limited number of flights so you are advised to book early. There are also a few flights on Sounds Air from Christchurch International Airport to Blenheim. Alternatively, meeting attendees can drive from Christchurch to Blenheim (the amount of time this takes depends on whether State Highway 1 is open), or from Wellington you can cross Cook Strait on the ferry and catch a shuttle from Picton to Blenheim.

If not participating in the post-meeting field trip, the meeting will end in Blenheim on the 16th November.

If participating in the post-meeting field trip, this will finish in Christchurch late on the 19th November and participants are advised to travel from Christchurch on the 20th November.