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Full-day Excursion Program
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Oceans – The World’s Challenges Divide Us, the Ocean Currents Connect Us

Connected by the world’s largest ocean, APRU’s 60 members will meet on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Tāmaki Makaurau (the Māori name for Auckland) for the APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting from June 24-26, 2024.

Hosted by the University of Auckland, the three-day meeting themed “Oceans – The World’s Challenges Divide Us, the Ocean Currents Connect Us” will explore and exchange knowledge and insights to consider the impacts of climate change on the oceans and the implications for communities and indigenous populations, climate justice, food and water security, and APRU’s role in leadership navigating these literal and metaphorical waters.

There will be 4 panels in the meeting namely:

  1. Navigating the Tides: APRU Leadership in Addressing Climate Change
  2. Guardians of the Blue: Protecting Biodiversity for the Ocean
  3. From Rain to Grain: Pathways to Resilient Food and Water System
  4. Advancing Climate Equity in the Asia-Pacific and Implications for Communities

The program will include welcome reception, Presidents’ Dinner, keynotes, and expert panel. Presidents and university delegates are also invited to the Gala Dinner.


Please click here to find the latest program schedule of the Annual Presidents’ Meeting 2024, and the latest delegate list at here.

Recommended Hotel for Annual Presidents’ Meeting 2024

Cordis, Auckland

Address: 83 Symonds Street, Grafton, Auckland 1010

Phone:  +64 (9) 379 5132




  • Book at: APRU Conference

    *Please note that the APM will provide light breakfast at the meeting venue before program starts.


Rates for Annual Presidents’ Meeting 2024 delegates (booking dates: June 22-25, 2024)

Superior Room

  • Floor level 2-5
  • Room only at NZD$269 (single or double occupancy)
  • Daily buffet breakfast at Eight Restaurant at NZD$40 per person
  • Limited Availability


Deluxe Room

  • Floor Level 6- 10
  • Room only at NZD$279 (single or double occupancy)
  • Daily buffet breakfast at Eight Restaurant at NZD$40 per person


Premier King Room

  • Room only at NZD$329 (single or double occupancy)
  • Daily buffet breakfast at Eight Restaurant at NZD$40 per person



  • Book at: APRU Conference

    *Please note that the APM will provide light breakfast at the meeting venue before program starts.



  • The special rates are applicable on June 19 – June 27, 2024
  • Rates are per room per night and quoted in New Zealand Dollars.
  • Inclusive 15% GST (Goods and Services tax).
  • Credit card payments incur a 2.50% surcharge. 
  • Rates include complimentary Wi-Fi access.
  • Rates are subject to room availability. (Superior Rooms have limited availability)
  • Free Cancellations up to 3Pm 3 days before arrival.
  • Contact the Cordis Reservations directly for any queries relating to accommodation on:


Self-funded Full Day Excursion Tour on June 27, 2024 (Saturday)

Option A: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour     

Enjoy a tour of the Hobbiton Movie set in the Waikato including buffet lunch.

Experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.

Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey on a short bus ride through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will escort you on a walking tour around the movie set, showcasing the intricate details, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how movie magic was made here.

Journey past the colourful Hobbit Hole™ doors that scatter the hillsides, including the iconic Bag End, home of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, before arriving at Bagshot Row™ for a glimpse of the interior of a humble Hobbit’s home.

Designed and crafted by the renowned creative teams behind the film trilogies, Bagshot Row offers an authentic glimpse into the charming dwellings of Hobbits going about daily life in the Shire. Your guide will lead you through one of two Hobbit Holes offering time to explore the detailed interiors, with each home designed to create an identical experience.

Continue along the pathways past The Millhouse, across the double-arch stone bridge and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you will conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.

Pick-up from the Cordis Hotel is at 7.10am /
Drop-off at the Cordis Hotel is approx. 4.00pm


Exclusive APRU price inclusive Buffet Lunch:    NZD$258.48 per adult

Make your own booking directly at Hobbiton Movie Set Tour From Auckland – Auckland Scenic Tours

Select “27 June 2024” in the date option, click on “book now” under the Hobbiton Day Tour option.

At the “book now” stage, enter the Promo Code: APRU and click APPLY (you must click APPLY). Discount is applied at checkout.


Discount valid off tour on Thursday, 27 June only. Enter “APRU” at checkout. Discount does not apply to any other tours. Pick-up is from the Cordis Hotel ONLY.

Subject to availability and minimum numbers apply.
Non-refundable if cancelled after 22 June 2024.




Option B: Goldie Estate Winery Tour – Waiheke Island    

Enjoy a tour of Auckland University owned Goldie Estate Winery including wine tasting and lunch.     

Goldie Estate is a boutique vineyard and winery, nestled amongst 30 acres of native bush and rolling vineyards on Waiheke Island overlooking Putiki Bay. It’s here they create handcrafted wines full of character that draw on the knowledge and experience of Kim and Jeanette Goldwater, who founded winegrowing on Waiheke in 1978.

Goldie Estate vineyard produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier varieties.

The Estate is also home to the University of Auckland’s Wine Science Centre, which aims to continue the innovative spirit of the Goldwater family. The programme provides a unique learning experience for the students to be immersed in a fully operational winery.

The vineyards are situated on the edge of Putiki Bay on Waiheke Island. Waiheke Island is only a 35 minute fast ferry ride from Auckland.

Includes pick up/drop off from the Cordis Hotel, return ferry transfers to Waiheke Island, transfers to Goldie Estate, a tour of Goldie Estate, wine tasting and buffet lunch.

Pick-up from the Cordis Hotel is approx. 10.20am /
Drop-off at the Cordis Hotel is approx. 4.00pm


Exclusive APRU price inclusive Buffet Lunch:   NZD$239.00 per adult

Book at here: 

Any cancellations must be made 15 days prior as fee will be incurred after that time.

Price is dependent on numbers; minimum numbers will apply.

Recommended Activities in Auckland – Special Offer for APRU delegates

1. All Blacks Experience

Learn the story, feel the passion and experience the All Blacks story close and personal.

Experience first-hand the excitement and emotion of game day. The All Blacks Experience will immerse guests in the history, culture and people who have made the All Blacks such an important part of New Zealand’s story.

The experience includes an interactive and immersive 45-minute guided tour and multiple hands-on interactive zones. Go behind the scenes with the players, test your knowledge of the game and put your skills to the test against the best in the world.

Personalise your purchase in our fully stocked retail store carrying official merchandise The only rugby attraction of its kind in New Zealand, the All Blacks Experience is perfect for fans of all ages and will be an experience that you don’t want to miss.

Retail Ticket Price:       Adult NZD$59.00     
Booking Link:        All Blacks Experience
Promo Code: APRU10%
Deal: 10% off the Retail price per person for Adult and Child tickets
Travel Period: 21 – 28 June 2024


Discount valid off booking online adult/child pricing. Enter “promo code” at checkout.
Subject to availability, pre-bookings are recommended.
Special price only valid for tours from 21 – 28 June 2024.


2. Wētā Workshop Unleashed              

Wētā Workshop Unleashed, located in the heart of Auckland city, is a multi-award-winning experience where you can explore interactive and immersive make-believe film sets inspired by Wellington’s Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop.

If horror and sci-fi are your jam, join the Wētā Workshop Unleashed crew on a guided tour of three original film projects. Explore the worlds of horror, science fiction, and fantasy while navigating enchanting environments, perplexing displays, and interactive technologies during a 90-minute guided experience.

An encounter with the resident monsters, an alien robot, and more than realistic giants are all part of the experience. Plus, you will learn a lot about the worlds of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi in the making and discover how the crew designs, builds, and brings those monsters to life.

This is a fantastical experience that takes guests of all ages on a hosted journey into the fantastical world of filmmaking. If you don’t want to return to reality just yet, visit the Wētā Cave retail store to pick up some collectables and tools to make your own.

Mandarin Tours with a Chinese-speaking guide depart daily at 2.20pm.
Chinese, French and Japanese Audio/Visual Guides are also available via a QR code

Retail Ticket Price:                            Adult NZD$65.00             (Online price)

                                                              Adult NZD$70.00             (In-store price)

Booking Link:  Weta Workshop Unleashed
Promo Code: APRU2024
Deal: 15% off Retail price per person for Adult and Child tickets on an Unleashed Tour
Booking period: Sale from 25 January 2024 – 30 June 2024
Travel Period: 01 – 30 June 2024

Terms: Discount valid off online and in-store adult/child pricing for Public Unleashed and Mandarin Tours only.
Cannot be used for creative workshop experiences, private tours, or in conjunction with any other offer.
Discount cannot be applied to concession or combo rates. Subject to availability, pre-bookings are recommended. Enter “promo code” at checkout.


3.Auckland Explorer Bus (Hop On / Hop Off)                      

Auckland Explorer Bus is the city’s original hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Explore Auckland’s top attractions in your own time and enjoy the interesting commentary and friendly service along the way.

The length of the tour is up to you! Your Auckland Explorer Bus tour can be as short as a one-hour sightseeing tour, or it can be all day (last tour departs Downtown Auckland at 4 pm, finishing at 5 pm).

Auckland Explorer Bus is a hop-on hop-off service, so you choose which attractions you’d like to hop off and visit and how long you would like to spend there. When you are ready to continue the tour, simply return to the bus stop and catch the next Auckland Explorer Bus.

Tours have regular departures throughout the day – approximately every 30 minutes from all stops*.

*Timings may vary due to traffic conditions

Retail Ticket Price:                            Adult NZD$55.00             24 Hour Pass                                     
APRU Ticket Price:                    Adult NZD$45.00         
Promo Code: APRU Conference
Booking period: No booking required, quote the promo code. (See notes below)
Website: Auckland Explorer Bus
Travel Period: 15 June – 04 July 2024

There is no need to pre-book your ticket; simply quote the discount code to the Street Ambassadors when you check in and pay directly. Please click on the below link to see the route and stops on the Auckland Explorer bus.

Note – The “Blue” route only operates in summer, so it will not be available in June.


4. Tour of Eden Park                                            

Relive great sporting moments as you go behind the scenes on New Zealand’s most famous stadium tour.

Tours are conducted in English and are offered Thursday to Sunday at 2pm.

Occasionally tours are unable to run due to stadium commitments around match days or observance of New Zealand public holidays.

You’ll be guided by expert historians who are passionate about sports and the Park.

  • Feel the tension of the players’ tunnel
  • Take the hot-seat in the coaches’ box*
  • Have photo opportunities with the best views of the stadium
  • Sense the excitement of the changing rooms*
  • Visit the ‘hallowed turf’ on the historic No. 1 field*
  • Tour guests have the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of Eden Park merchandise at the conclusion of the tour

Tour is approximately 90 minutes in duration, including safety briefing.*Areas are subject to availability on the day.
Tours begin at Entry G, Reimers Avenue. Please arrive around 10 minutes before your tour for check in.

Retail Ticket Price:                            Adult NZD$50.00             From 01 April 2024
APRU Ticket Price:                    Adult NZD$20.00
Promo Code: APRUCON2024
Booking Link: Eden Park Tour
Booking period: From 3 months in advance
Travel Period: 22 – 28 June 2024              


5. Eden Park Sky Sport Rooftop Walk Tour                  

The first-of-its-kind stadium rooftop experience in New Zealand, the Sky Sport Rooftop Tour is an experience you don’t want to miss at one of the country’s most iconic venues!

  • Enjoy stunning 360-degree views of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
  • Learn about Eden Park’s 118-year history from guides with intimate knowledge of the Park.
  • Go behind the scenes and see parts of the stadium even our famous sporting heroes haven’t visited.
  • Take a photo as you hang out 34 metres above Eden Park’s hallowed turf.

Tour is approximately 75 minutes in duration, including safety briefing.

*Subject to weather conditions on the day.

Tours begin at Entry G, Reimers Avenue. Please arrive around 10 minutes before your tour for check in.

Retail Ticket Price:                            Adult NZD$89.00
APRU Ticket Price:                    Adult NZD$59.00
Promo Code: APRUCON2024
Website: Sky Sport Rooftop Walk
Booking period:  From 3 months in advance
Travel Period: 22 – 28 June 2024


6.  Auckland Sky Tower                                                       

It’s hard to imagine an Auckland skyline without the iconic Sky Tower.

For over 25 years now, this magnificent 328m high structure has been the focal point of our beautiful city, rising up out of the land to delight locals and visitors alike. Now it’s your turn to discover the full story of this incredible feat of modern engineering – its pioneering past, colourful present and visionary future.

So join us above the clouds to experience incredible 360° views of Tāmaki Makaurau, taking in ancient volcanoes, sparkling sunlit harbours and beyond. And if breath-taking panoramas alone aren’t enough to excite you, indulge in a wealth of dining options, interactive installations, and adrenaline-fueled activities.

Retail Ticket Price:                            Adult NZD$37.00             (Online Price)

                                                                Adult NZD$42.00             (In-store Price)


Auckland & NZ Tourist Information 

100% Pure New Zealand
The official tourism website for New Zealand, it features information that is relevant to travellers who are thinking about and actively planning a visit to New Zealand
Discover Auckland
Explore what Auckland has to offer and plan your extended stay in Tāmaki.
Heart of the City Auckland
Promoting events, hospitality, retail, arts and more. Spreading the word about what’s on and what’s new in Auckland city centre through this website.


For delegates attending the event, we’ve compiled convenient transportation options for your journey from Auckland Airport to the Cordis Hotel. Here’s how you can reach the comfort of your hotel room after your flight:


  • Journey Time: Typically 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic
  • Estimated fare: NZD $80 – $100
Upon arrival, you’ll find a taxi rank outside the arrivals area. A trip to the Cordis Hotel usually costs between NZD $80 and $100. Taxis are an efficient and direct way to travel, and vehicles accommodating special needs, such as wheelchair accessibility or more space for extra luggage, are available upon request. For more details, visit the Auckland Airport’s taxi information page. Credit card payment is available in most taxis.

Rideshare (Uber/ Ola)

  • Journey Time: Around 30-40 minutes, subject to traffic conditions
  • Estimated Cost: NZD $50 – $75 (varies with service and time of day)

Rideshare services such as Uber and Ola operate at Auckland Airport. After collecting your bags, open the app of your choice to request a ride and follow the signs to the designated rideshare pickup area where rideshare drivers can meet passengers.

Cordis Limousine Transfer
Travel in style from Auckland Airport or discover Auckland with private sightseeing or wedding transfers.  1 hour charge is NZD175; Airport Transfer is NZD175 for two adults and suitcases (one way).   To book, please email [email protected]




We kindly request that you proceed with registration via the provided link only if you have received a formal invitation from us. Thank you for your cooperation.



Ms Joey Chu, Senior Manager, Events, APRU

Email: [email protected]