Venue & Accommodation

The conference will be held in the multipurpose Awapuni Function Centre ( which is at the Awapuni Racecourse on Racecourse Road in Palmerston North. The Centre is 5.7 km, 9 mins from the CBD and 11.3 km, 20 mins, from the Airport via Pioneer Hwy.


Palmerston North is the only city in the Manawatu, making it a central hub for visitors to the region and an ideal place to base yourself or to start your Central New Zealand discovery. For things to do, places to visit or restaurants, bars and cafes in Palmerston North



 —  Palmerston North Airport is 5 kilometres, or a 10-minute drive from the city centre and is the gateway to the Region and Central New Zealand. The airport has up to 40 scheduled flights per day from all major centres in the country.

Taxi and shuttle services –—  To the city depart from in front of the airport terminal building and many of the major New Zealand vehicle rental companies are represented at the airport. Drivers can access the airport from Airport Drive or McGregor Street and secure 24-hour parking is available with both short and long-term parking rates.

Bus —  Manawatu has a good variety of national bus services with NakedBus, ManaBus and Intercity giving access to the rest of the North Island.

Car —  Accessing the Manawatu is easy, with multiple options from the main North Island highways. If you take our suggested scenic routes you’ll find that the Region provides a spectacular driving experience.


The conference has negotiated preferential rates at the following 3 hotels.

Please book direct to the hotel. These rates are on a first come basis for as long as rooms are available.

Delegate transport from/to these 3 conference hotels will be provided free of charge each day.

Distinction Hotel

175 Cuba Street

Phone: 06 355 5895


Copthorne Hotel

110 Fitzherbert Avenue

Phone 06 356 8059


Coachman Hotel

140 Fitzherbert Avenue

Phone: 0800 COACHMAN


Other options… Palmerston North has accommodation to suit all styles and budgets. In addition to the 3 conference hotels, take a look at discount booking websites e.g. Trivago,,,