The 21st PECERA International Conference has been deferred until 2021, for information - please click here


For information pertaining to the Novel Coronavirus and the PECERA Conference - please click here

Facts about New Zealand

Before travelling to a country, you need to know the basic facts. New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of just over 4 million people it is gloriously uncrowded.

Learn more about New Zealand by CLICKING HERE.

Travelling to New Zealand

Flight times to New Zealand vary depending on where you live in the world.

The map below provides approximate flight times from various locations throughout the world to Auckland.  Once you arrive into Auckland, the flight time from Auckland to Wellington (Conference venue location) is 1 hour.


If you are travelling to New Zealand from another country, please ensure that you have comprehensive travel and health insurance in place. You are best to book insurance at the time you book your flights.

Novel Coronavirus

In January 2020 Chinese authorities confirmed a new type of coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, which affects the respiratory system.

With New Zealand the destination for international visitors to our Conference, the PECERA 2020 Conference Organising Committee advise delegates to visit the Ministry of Health website for the latest information on the virus. 

The World Health Organization website also has a page with information about Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including advice to people on how to protect themselves and those around them.

For information on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and attending Conferences - Please click here

We will share any further information with you as it becomes available.

New Zealand People

New Zealand's friendly and down-to-earth people will be one of the things you treasure most about your visit.

With a patchwork history of Māori, European, Pacific Island and Asian cultures, New Zealand has become a melting-pot population - but one with some uniting features that make it unique in the world.

Today, of the 4.4 million New Zealanders (informally known as Kiwis), approximately 69% are of European descent, 14.6% are indigenous Māori, 9.2% Asian and 6.9% non-Māori Pacific Islanders.

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For a guide on Māori language, please see below.

Guide to using Māori language

Using Māori Language Guide

Visa Information

Passports, visas & electronic travel authority (ETA)

We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand. To ensure you have an experience to remember, make sure you’ve done your homework and have everything sorted before you leave.

When you arrive, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority

Visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) prior to coming to New Zealand. You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). For more information on the ETA and IVL, click here for an information sheet and also visit Immigration New Zealand.

Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.

NZeTAs can be requested via the free app downloadable from the Apple Store or Google Play for $9 NZD, or from the INZ website for $12 NZD.

If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.

Not Eligible for electronic travel authority (ETA)

If you are not eligible for an ETA - CLICK HERE to view the information that you will be required to provide. We recommend that you begin this process early as the time taken to issue a visa can be several months.

You will need to provide evidence via a letter issued by the Conference Convenor that you are attending the Conference. To obtain the letter you will need to register for the Conference and then pay the registration fees prior to the letter being issued.

If you have registered and paid for the Conference and require a letter for your visa, please email the conference organisers.

Biosecurity - Important Information!

In order to protect New Zealand and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry, or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment. You may risk a fine if you fail to comply.

To see a list of items you must declare, please CLICK HERE.

Internet and Phone Coverage

Staying connected throughout your travels in New Zealand is easy with a little bit of forward planning.

To learn more and plan - please CLICK HERE.

New Zealand Currency

The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

Find out more about New Zealand currency and costs by CLICKING HERE.


No vaccinations are required to visit New Zealand.


New Zealand's electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts and uses angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia).

Time Zone

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

Find out what time it is in New Zealand now by CLICKING HERE.

Tipping and Service Charges

Tipping in New Zealand is not obligatory, even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for good service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.

Wellington Map

Below is a map of the Wellington Central Business District in relation to Rutherford House, the Conference venue. Please enlarge for better viewing.

Wellington Transport - Airport Transfers

Wellington Airport is a 20-minute drive from the CBD. There are many options for transport to and from the airport and around Wellington. 

We recommend booking your transfer in advance of arriving in Wellington.

To see a range of transfer options and to book - Please CLICK HERE 

Things to do and see in Wellington

Wellington has many wonderful attractions and activites, from Weta Workshop, numerous restaurants and bars to wildlife and outdoor activities - Wellington has something for everyone.

To view a good range of things to "see and do" please click here. This will take you to the Wellington promotion website and from there you can view what is on offer and make a booking.

If you are interested in something else that you don't see on the site, please contact the PECERA organisers who will do their best to help you.

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