New Zealand in 2020 is investigating facilities in Auckland and Wellington.
They both have their advantages and disadvantages.
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.
Sky City Convention center in Auckland would be the venue for an Auckland Worldcon, probably using another close by hotel for more function space.
In Wellington, we would use the Michael Fowler Center and surrounding venues for our main venues, then use surrounding hotels conference space for much of the programming stream.
Auckland has over 6000 hotel rooms within 15 min walk of Sky City, and well over 1500 within 5 min walk. There is a wide variety of accommodation available, from 5 star to backpackers.
Sky City itself has two hotels attached, providing about 600 rooms of 4 star and up accommodation.
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 a backpackers directly opposite the convention center.
|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.