Meeting Newz July / August 2021

[ NAP I E R HAWKE ’ S BAY This variety makes the region an ideal choice for business events organisers. Hamish Saxton, chief executive of Tourism Hawke’s Bay, points out that the beautiful location, mild weather and vineyards of Hawke’s Bay make it not only ideal for a conference or meeting – but also a relaxing break before or afterwards. “The ‘triangle’ of Napier, Hastings and Havelock North, plus the wineries and the outdoor activities that surround them are all part of the offering in Hawke’s Bay,” he adds. For business events organisers the choice and diversity extends to venues – be it for the conference itself, functions and dinners or off-site activities. VENUE CHOI CE MATCHES DI VERS I TY OF REGION Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its fresh produce, wineries in stunning settings, art deco architecture, wide open spaces and a variety of sporting, cultural and gastronomic occasions (think Food and Wine Classic - FAWC). Museum of technology For example, The Faraday Centre is a fascinating interactive technology-based museum that can accommodate up to 200 guests with a selection of catering suppliers available. The hands-on nature of the museum make it ideal for delegate activities or themed events with a difference but it can also be set for cocktail parties, media presentations or even a silent disco or fashion show. Diving in The National Aquarium of New Zealand gives guests the opportunity to interact with divers, and watch captivating oceanic creatures while they enjoy drinks and canapés or a full dinner. The immersive environment, along with a dedicated events team, ensures an unforgettable event at the aquarium, be it a cocktail function, corporate away day, media presentation or product launch. Attraction highlights include the Pania Reef tank, a replica of the reef 500 metres north of Napier Port; Flooded Forest, coral reef exhibits, 1.5 million litre Oceanarium and Penguin Cove. National Aquarium of New Zealand F.A.W.C. Sunday School. Photo: Russell Taylor [14] meeting newz [jul aug] 2021

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