KohaCon2010 Roadtrip

The purpose of this post is to provide links to flesh out the itinerary of the roadtrip from Auckland to Wellington for the Koha Conference 2010.

Day 1:  Friday 22nd Oct

Arrive at Auckland International Airport.

Transport into the city hotel is easy. Just go outside and head over the carpark to the waiting shuttle vans and taxis. If you are on your own a shuttle van is heaps cheaper, they run often and will take you to the door of the hotel, otherwise grab a taxi.

We have a nights accommodation at the Mercure Hotel in the city.  If you are arriving before this night we can book you extra nights if you like.  Its not top of the range but is perfectly adequate and lets face it, you’ll be so tired you’ll sleep anywhere 🙂 Accommodation is on a share twin basis.

Dinner in town at one of the Viaduct harbour restaurants, venue of the America’s Cup series. We can easily stroll here from the hotel.

Day 2:  Saturday 23rd Oct

We’ll collect the rental van, load up the trailer and head south, stopping at Tirau which is a groovy little Kiwi town with great coffee.

We’ll arrive in Rotorua around 1pm or so, depending on how much we dawdle along the way.  We head over to Te Puia for the Te Po combo experience at 4.15 so you will have time for a snooze or a swim in the thermal hot pools  at the Rydges Hotel (make sure you bring your swim suit).

Day 3:  Sunday 24th Oct

9am Drive south to Wellington, stopping briefly at Huka Falls before turning off to Mokai Gravity Canyon for optional activities like bungy jumping and the flying Fox. These are both adrenaline filled Kiwi adventures. Bungy is where you fall off  a very high bridge into a river with only an elastic band around your ankle, and the flying fox is where 1 – 3 people are strapped into a harness and then fly through the air along a cable above a canyon – really really fast.  Not for the faint hearted.

We head south for another couple of hours, grab a quick ice cream at Levin (we make the best icecreams) and then on down to Wellington for the Conference.

Costs: looking like $270 per person but will confirm exact costings once final quotes have been received and we know who wants twin rooms and who wants to sleep by themselves (because they snore like tractors!).

One comment on “KohaCon2010 Roadtrip
  1. Joann Ransom says:

    Flight time from LA to Auckland is 12 hours.

    Here is a link for immigration information because Min. of Ag & Fish take border control really seriously – you can’t even bring an apple in!

    http://www.customs.govt.nz/travellers/Arriving+in+New+Zealand/Prohibited+and+Restricted+Imports/default.htm

    Oh and duty free in Auckland is as cheap as anywhere – and I’ve priced perfume in lots of airports! We have heavy alcohol taxes so if you fancy a tipple in your hotel room buy it on your way in – its heaps cheaper than at a bottle store.

    You can preorder and just collect it as you pass through to customs: http://www.dutyfreestores.co.nz/duty-free-auckland-airport OR http://www.regency.co.nz/aryana/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.buildsitepage&Page_ID=452458401