Monday, March 23, 2009

Conference Programme

Hello everyone,

We're now only 2 weeks from NZCSRSC09! We're getting the last details ironed out and have now got the programme sorted. You can see it on our Web site - go to to see everything we have planned!

We're still finalising room bookings for some of the events, so these aren't available yet, but rest assured you'll get a complete programme (with maps) when you arrive. Also please note that times for specific events are subject to change, although we'll be trying our best to keep things running on time.

If you have any questions, please email me (

We look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks' time!


John Downs

Friday, March 13, 2009

Things to do while in NZ


The conference is getting closer and closer and some of you might have started to plan their trip to Auckland. We, as your Auckland hosts, thought it would be a good thing to give you an idea what you could do in Auckland besides attending an awesome conference.
We grouped our recommendations according to the trip "size".

Big day trips
  • Waiheke island
  • Rangitoto island
  • Black sand west coast beaches: Muriwai, Piha, Bethells..
  • Waitakere ranges
  • Goat island
  • Tiritiri Matangi
  • Auckland coast to coast walk

More local
  • Domain museum
  • One-tree hill
  • Mt Eden
  • Kelly Tarlton's
  • Parnell rose gardens
  • Indoor skiing
  • Kart racing
  • Paintball
  • Minigolf

Auckland city
  • Rakinos on High St
  • Ben on Fort St
  • Mezze bar on High St
  • Rizlau on Atrium
  • IMAX cinema
  • Sky Tower inclusive sky jump/walk
  • Harbour bridge bungee jump
  • Viaduct Basin

Notable districts
  • Ponsonby
  • Parnell
  • New Market (shopping)
  • Mission Bay