Have you ever attended an international convention and wanted to bring that convention to New Zealand? Have you thought of the value you could derive from doing so?

The benefits of hosting your convention in New Zealand

  • A conference in New Zealand brings the cachet of an ‘overseas’ experience, with New Zealand’s stunning scenery and unique Maori culture providing the backdrop to make your event the most memorable yet. 
  • A flight to New Zealand from Australia’s eastern seaboard is only three hours, less time than it takes to fly to Australia’s west coast.
  • New Zealand offers the high standards of service, quality accommodation and range of fit-for-purpose events facilities expected by Australian event organisers, with comparable value for money.
  • It opens opportunities for knowledge sharing and ongoing education with thought leaders working in the same sector. 
  • The ability to network with New Zealand counterparts and share research and business opportunities, as well as bolster future event attendance and membership.

Watch our video about hosting your next conference in New Zealand

When Tourism New Zealand can help

Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme (CAP) is available to any internationally-affiliated association or organisation that wants to submit a request for proposal to host an international conference in New Zealand. Any organisation's proposal must include a minimum of 200 Australian or other international delegates to be eligible for this programme.

The Conference Assistance Programme can assist with:

  • Funding and coordinating site visits including venues, hotels, social activities and attractions
  • Funding a New Zealand Professional Conference Organiser to prepare a financial feasibility study, based on your city and venue choice
  • Support to produce professional documents and presentations to set your proposal apart
  • The costs of presenting your proposal, including international travel
  • Marketing materials, destination brochures, fact sheets, pre and post itineraries, imagery and moving footage to attract delegates.

Conference Assistance Programme application form

If your association could benefit from the Conference Assistance Programme, please contact Helen Bambry or Samantha Kent or get started by completing the online application form.

View CAP Application Form

  • The main challenge with taking a conference offshore is budget. We applied for CAP funding and we were able to use that for targeted marketing to get more delegates to the conference, including developing our conference website.

    Jo Robinson, AACPDM Conference, Auckland 2018
  • We were accepted under Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme for bid support; without this opportunity we would not have been in a position to put a proposal to our Board. Tourism New Zealand made it really easy. The support we have received has just been phenomenal.

    Anne Veenstra, AHISA Biennial Conference, Queenstown 2017
  • It was a really strong experience for knowledge, skills, best practice, with some world leaders. Definitely from a cultural perspective it brought real value to the content.

    Wendy Cliff, IASPA Conference, Northland 2018