Patrick Schwerdtfeger is available to speak in Auckland as a leading authority on online marketing, self-employment and global business trends. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. If you’re planning a business conference at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre at Mount Wellington, the Fernz Lodge and Conference Center in Birkenhead, the Copthorne Hotel Auckland Harbour City on Quay Street or some other convention space in Auckland, New Zealand, Patrick will deliver the excitement and ‘buzz’ that you’re looking for. As a motivational speaker, his primary objective is to leave attendees inspired, empowered and excuted to take action and see measurable results.
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Aukland has many conference facilities, including:
- SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre on Federal Street
- Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre on Waipuna Road Mount Wellington
- Vodafone Events Centre on Great South Road
- Aotea Centre on Mayoral Drive
- Parklane Motor Lodge on Green Lane West
- Other meeting spaces in Muriwai, Piha and Whangaparaoa
General Information about Auckland, New Zealand, for Meeting Planners
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is located on the North Island between the Hauraki Gulf, the Manukau Harbour and the Waitakere Ranges. As such, it is one the few cities with two separate harbours, accessing two different bodies of water. With a population over 1.3 million, it is the largest urban Polynesian population in the world. Some of the larger hotels include the Langham Auckland on Symonds Street, the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hobson Street and Kiwi International on Queens Street. The city has a warm-temperate climate which fuels an active healthy lifestyle. Auckland is often referred to as the “City of Sails” because its harbours are filled with yachts and sail boats. In fact, the city has more yachts per capita than any other city in the world.
Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Aukland
Aukland Toastmasters clubs are a great place for New Zealand aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Ntec Toastmasters meets at Ntec Tertiary Group on Federal Street (Tuesday at 5:15 PM), DIAtribe Toastmasters meets at National Tertiary Education Consortium on Federal Street (Wednesday at 5:00 PM), Talking Heads Club meets at Auckland Central Library on Lorne Street (Monday at 6:00 PM) and Shortland Street Toastmasters Club meets at Vero Centre on Shortland Street (Tuesday at 6:45 AM).
Kiwi Food Choices for Convention Attendees
Auckland has some amazing restaurants that are definitely worth visiting if you’re in town for a business convention. In particular, SidArt on Ponsonby Road (Three Lamps Plaza Level) is known for its artistic food presentation, Merediths in Mount Eden has a reputation for outstanding international cuisine while The French Cafe on Symonds Street offers traditional European specialties. You may also wish to visit the Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant, O’Connel Street Bistro and MooChowChow. The international variety available in Auckland is hard to beat. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for Australia.
Auckland Attractions for Conference Delegates
If you’re visiting Auckland for a conference, try to add a few extra days to explore some of the local attractions. Auckland is one of the few cities with two distinct harbours (Hauraki Gulf and Manukau Harbour) and it’s worth visiting both while in town. You should also make you way out to the volcanic Rangitoto Island for some incredible fishing, swimming and bird watching. The Auckland Museum offers a glimpse into the wartime history of New Zealand and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki showcases the local culture and and heritage. Finally, the urban Cornwall Park with its oak tree-lined roads offers a tranquil escape from the busy city life just minutes away.