AMSIG 2019 - GENERAL INFORMATION
INFORMATION FOR DELEGATES
If you are wanting to extend your stay in New Zealand, visit: https://www.newzealand.com/int/ for additional ideas and destinations.
Queenstown is located in the southwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand and is very accessible with multiple daily direct flights from all of New Zealand’s main centres as well as direct scheduled services from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Coolangatta in Australia. Queenstown international airport is located just 15 minutes from downtown Queenstown and links to the city centre with shuttles, taxi services, buses and rental cars.
Four major airlines provide scheduled services in and out of Queenstown Airport. Air New Zealand and Jetstar offer both domestic and international flights to and from Queenstown and Qantas and Virgin Australia fly internationally between Queenstown and east coast Australia.
Limited car parking is available at the Millennium Hotel; additional parking is available on Melbourne Street.
The Queenstown Autumn is a mix of warm days and slightly cooler evenings. Temperatures will range from about 15-20 degrees in the day down to around 10 degrees in the evenings and nights.
New Zealand dollars ($) and cents (c).
There are five notes ($5, $10, $20,$50,$100) and five coins (10c,20c,50c,$1,$2).
Visitors over 17 years may bring in 50 cigarettes, 4.5L wine or 4.5L of beer and 1.125L of spirits. Goods over NZ$700 may attract duty and tax.
The dress code for the meeting sessions is smart-casual.
240 volts, 50 hertz, with Australia/New Zealand pattern three-pin sockets.
111 is the emergency number for Police, Fire and Ambulance.
GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Goods and services in New Zealand are subject to a 15% tax (GST). This tax is usually included in the price, and if not, is clearly stated. This tax cannot be claimed back when leaving the country.
No vaccination certificates are required. Public and private hospitals provide a high standard of treatment and care. Medical services are not free to visitors. Health insurance is recommended.
The Australasian Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (AMSIG), the Organising Committee and the meeting managers will not accept any liability for losses associated with the meeting. Delegates are advised to arrange their own comprehensive travel and medical insurance, including insurance for personal possessions and financial loss due to cancellation or postponement of the meeting.
Complimentary Wifi is available throughout the hotel and meeting area. Log In details will be available at the meeting. Please see team at the registration desk and look for onsite signage with these details.
The official language of the meeting is English. Translation facilities will not be provided.
The meeting venue will be The Millennium Hotel Queenstown, which is situated only 5 minutes’ walk from the central shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities centre of Queenstown. It is a 4 -star plus and Enviro-Gold Qualmark rated hotel.
The meeting will be held in the Gallery Ballroom, located on the 5th floor with the plenary and exhibition area located next door to each other, which gives delegates an easy and seamless transition from meeting to exhibition space.
New Zealand operates on a 900 or 1800 MHz network, as do most countries except Canada and USA. Mobile telephones from these countries will not operate in New Zealand. You can buy or rent a New Zealand compatible phone or SIM card upon arrival.
Please proceed immediately to the registration desk to collect your name badge. The delegate badge will be the official pass to all scientific sessions, lunches and social functions. It is necessary for delegates to wear their name badges at all times while onsite.
PRIVACY ACT 1993 – NEW ZEALAND
A delegate list will be produced for the meeting including name, organisation and email address. It will be distributed to meeting attendees, sponsors and exhibitors in printed format, and provided to the AMSIG and organisers of future meetings. Should you not wish your details to be included on the list please indicate when asked during the registration process.
You can buy stamps and post items at Post Shops. Stamps can also be purchased from stationers. Look for red, black and white post boxes to post letters.
The registration desk will be located just outside the plenary room for the duration of the event. Staff at the registration desk will be happy to assist with any queries.
Opening times are as follows:
- Friday | 1900-2100
- Saturday | 0700-1700
- Sunday | 0800-1300
Normal shopping hours from Monday to Friday are from 9am till 5pm. Some shops are open late on Thursday and Friday till 9pm. On Saturday and Sunday most shopping malls are open normal shopping hours.
Standard branch opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am till 4.30pm.
TELEPHONE DIRECTORY SERVICES
Most phone boxes require a phone card. These can be bought at convenience stores and service stations. Dial 018 for local directory assistance or 0172 for international directory assistance.
New Zealand Standard Time is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Daylight saving time (an advance of one hour per day) is observed from the end of September until early April.
TIPPING & SERVICES CHARGES
Tipping is not expected, but you may wish to tip for extra-special service or kindness.
Currently travellers from more than 50 countries do not require a visitor’s visa for stays of less than three months. Click HERE for a list of visa waiver countries.
If you are travelling from a visa required country, you can apply online for a Visitor Visa. For further information about the visa application process, please visit the New Zealand Immigration website.
Please note, it is the policy of the meeting NOT to supply an “invitation letter”. Upon payment of registration fees, each delegate receives a registration confirmation email and receipt of payment.