Auckland is New Zealand’s gateway and economic hub and the university venue occupies a prominent position in the heart of the city. With a population of 1.5 million it is easy to get around and its global reputation as the “City of Sails” means you’re never far from a summer’s day at the beach. Enjoy a ferry ride from downtown to one of the many islands in the Hauraki Gulf, offering bushwalking, rural escapes, arts, sun, sand, and even wineries. Auckland’s cosmopolitan urban culture has exploded in the past decade, with redevelopment of the Wynyard Quarter, Viaduct Harbour and Britomart precincts that offer harbourfront dining and nightlife. Experience New Zealand’s cultural history at the nearby Auckland Museum and during the pōwhiri. Head to the fringes of the city to Piha, Karekare, Muriwai and Bethells beaches – some of the best in all of New Zealand.