Facilites

We have settled on Wellington, New Zealand as our host city. 

Our base assumption is that a Worldcon in New Zealand would attract about 2000 people onsite. This is based on previous Worldcons in Australia. So with that as an assumption, but also allowing for higher and lower numbers we have carried out our investigations.

We are also assuming dates ranging from late July to mid August, based on previous WorldCons.

Below is a Google map of the Wellington area, showing a selection of accomodation, dining, amenities and the convention faciities.

Wellington

We are currently working with two possible sites, as our preferred site would be the new (yet unbuilt) conference centre. If the conference centre is not ready in time (entirely possible), we have bids on a second site about half a kilometer down the road.
Both sites are in the city centre
 Site A - Convention Centre, Michael Fowler Centre, Te Papa National Museum, Amora Hotel
 Site B - TSB Arena, Shed 6, Chartered Accountants NZ, Intercontinental Hotel. Site B is marked by default on the map above.

Positively Wellington Venues is the company that manages most of the venues we would be using. 

TSB Arena and Shed 6

 

Capacity

Type

1/2 Main Floor of TSB Arena1700-2000Theater, main stage
1/2 Main Floor of TSB Arenaabout 70 exhibitsExhibits
Lower Level Foyer Reg / Information / Services
Upper Level Foyer Fan Space
Boardroom50Admin
VGM Room80Panel
APW Room72Panel
Green Rooms A and B  
Shed 6 - TSB Bank Arcade280 standingSocial space
Shed 6 - Room 1200Panel
Shed 6 - Room 2145Panel
Shed 6 - Room 3130Panel
Shed 6 - Room 4215Panel

Intercontinental Hotel

Conference Space layout
 

Capacity

Type

Wellington Room50Panel
Business Center Admin
Thorndon Room25Admin / Volunteers
Featherston Room100Panel
Rosana Room60Panel
Lambton 1100Panel
Lambton 2100Panel
Lambton 340Admin or Panel
Foyer Level 1 Snacks and Drinks
Club Lounge Green Room
   

Hotels

Wellington has about 1500 rooms within a 10 minute walk, about 500 rooms being within 1-5 minutes. This ranges from 3 to 5 star. 

There's even backpackers very close by.

Tourism

New Zealand Tourism website

Auckland Tourism Website 

Wellington Tourism Website 

Auckland offers many tourism opportunities. Sky Tower, the Harbour Bridge walk, harbour trips and too many more to mention here, but see the Auckland website above for details.

One opportunity of particular interest is that it's possible to do a day trip to the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata.

Wellington has beautiful harbour walks, Te Papa (the Museum of New Zealand) coastal exploring, and of course Lord of the Rings tourism, and the Weta Cave.

See above for more information on the Wellington Tourism website.

Being late winter in New Zealand, you may also be interested in winter sports such as skiing. But regardless, we hope that you will take the opportunity to see the beautiful scenery in all parts of New Zealand, as well as meet the friendly people.