Venue and Accommodation


Victoria University of Wellington

The symposium will be hosted at Victoria University of Wellington. The University was founded, as Victoria College, in the city itself, in 1897, with it's four pioneering Professors – Thomas Easterfield, Hugh MacKenzie, Richard Maclaurin and John Rankine Brown – arriving in the capital in 1899.

In 1904, the move from the city centre to the Kelburn Campus was begun and a pattern of growth in student numbers and building was  quickly established, along with a reputation for fine teaching and research, thanks to the efforts of early academics such as Professors ‘Tommy’ Hunter, J. C. Beaglehole and George von Zedlitz.

Following the dissolution of the University of New Zealand degree system in 1961, Victoria College became, in 1962, the Victoria University of Wellington, an independent university.

Today, the university's real estate has spread,  both back into the city proper, at its Te Aro and Pipitea Campuses, as well a Campus in the neighbouring area of Karori.

In 2010, Victoria University employed 1,871 full-time equivalent staff and had a total student enrollment of 22,310, awarding 5,691 degrees, doctorates, diplomas and certificates.

Kelburn Campus: Alan MacDiarmid Building

The Symposium sessions will be held on the University's Kelburn Campus, with the registration area situated in the Alan MacDiarmid Building (Google Map centered on Alan MacDiarmid Building).  A PDF map (506Kb) of the Kelburn Campus is accessible here.

If arriving at, or booking departures from, the venue via taxi/shuttle, you should ask for "University Gate 6, Kelburn Parade"

If using the Metlink website,  the University's bus stop numbers are 4915 (buses into the city) and 5915 (buses to VUW) and the services are 17, 18, 20, 22, 23 and 47.

See the Travel section for links to timetables and more information


Wellington is is a compact city.  You can travel easily to and from the downtown area to the University by public transport or on foot. You can get to the Kelburn Campus from the city centre either by a 10-15 minute walk or by bus or cable car. The cable car runs up and down between Kelburn and Lambton Quay every 10 minutes.

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The venue is the Alan MacDiamid Building, Kelburn Parade, Wellington. Limited parking is available via Gate 6. Take the first left at the roundabout as you drive up Kelburn Parade.

Getting to and from the airport

You will be arriving at Wellington International Airport. All transport options are available from the doors across from the baggage claim area. 

  • Rental car offices are available on the right of the building, looking towards the exit doors.
  • Taxis and shuttles are available directly outside the building. Ask the driver to take you to "Alan MacDiarmid Building, Gate 6, Kelburn Parade".
  • The airport express bus is available to the right of the building. Ask the driver to take you to Courtenay Place. Get off, stay on the same side of the road and then transfer to the 20, 22 or 23. There is a bus stop at the university's Kelburn campus. The Alan MacDiarmid Building building is up the hill, to the right as you get off.

Along with taxis and shuttles, there is an express bus service (Airport Flyer) from the airport through the city centre, railway and bus stations. The journey to the city centre is scheduled to take around 20 minutes.

From the city

You are strongly recommended to walk, catch a bus or take the cable car from the city.

  • Bus routes that stop at the university are 17, 18, 20, 22, 23 and 47.
  • Cable car get off at Salamanca.

Helpful links


Special accommodation rates are available for conference participants at the hotels listed below.

You can book accommodation when registering for the conference.

The special rates are only available through the online registration system and cannot be guaranteed after 3 June 2012.

The conference organisers have produced a Google Map showing these accommodation options realtive to the Symposium venue.

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

147, The Terrace

Terrace room - $165 per night

Lambton room - $185 per night

James Cook Terrace Room

The hotel is located in the heart of the city and is approximately 10-15 minutes by foot to the conference venue.

The Terrace room features two double beds and looks over the Terrace side of the hotel.

The Lambton room features a queen bed, couch and offers more space. A Lambton room looks over the Lambton Quay side of the hotel

Travelodge Hotel Wellington


2-6, Gilmer Terrace

Standard hotel room - $132.25 per night

Travelodge Wellington Room

Located in the heart of the city, off Boulcott Street. This hotel is approximately 10 minutes by foot to the conference.

Ibis Wellington

153, Featherston Street

King room - $129 per night

IBIS Wellington Room

The hotel is conveniently located in the very heart of the city. For the walking enthusiast, it is approximately 20-25 minutes by foot from the conference venue. Alternatively, the cable car is a 4 minute walk from the hotel and can take you up to Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn campus.

The NZ eResearch Symposium 2012 is supported by

Ministry of Science & Innovation and New Zealand eScience Infrastructure
Ministry of Science and Innovation   New Zealand eScience Infrastrcture