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Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand's 29 regions stretch across two main islands. Auckland, the host of WPRF2020 is located in New Zealand’s North Island.

Kia ora!

Kia ora is our warm and welcoming greeting that comes from the indigenous Māori language, te reo.

You may know New Zealand for being ‘Middle-Earth’, home to the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. You may even know us for our Manuka honey, wine, dairy products, rugby and of course sheep.

When you visit, you will also find that we are a land of natural wonders, a unique culture and backyard ingenuity.

In te reo, New Zealand is known as Aotearoa – the land of the long white cloud.

Aotearoa is a land of diverse landscapes and with a history of Māori, European, Pacific Island and Asian cultures, it has become a melting-pot population.

Of the 4.4 million New Zealanders (informally known as Kiwis), one-third live in Auckland.

Wherever you go in Aotearoa, you’ll be embraced as one of our own. Our people are friendly and down-to-earth, love the outdoors, and always keen on inventing and discovering things.

So when you’re in Aotearoa, embrace our culture and say kia ora to the locals!

Interested in learning everyday phrases in te reo?

Download Kupu from your app store. Just take a photo of an everyday product or upload your own and translate in real-time.


Sunset AKL
One of the world’s most liveable cities, Auckland (called Tāmaki Makaurau in te reo) is a hive of cultural sights, sporting events, adventure activities, live entertainment, cafes, restaurants and shopping.

It is an urban delight and yet you are never far from beautiful beaches, bush-clad hills, vineyards and botanic gardens.

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WPRF2020 will be held over 12-15 October, so you’ll be arriving during spring time.

Average daytime temperatures during spring range between 19 degrees Celsius (66F) in the North to 16 degrees Celsius (60F) in the South.

It’s a great time to explore the outdoors – bush walks, gardens, vineyards and of course the Hobbiton film set where the charming bluebells and Middle Earth gardens are in full flower.

Expect a mixture of weather – crisp, sunny days can briskly change to cooler temperatures with spring showers.

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