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28 March - 3 April 2022

Travel Options

Welcome to the IBCPC 2022 Accommodation and Travel section

Appointed as the Official Accommodation and Travel Partner for Festival 2022, Orbit Groups & Events are your main source of information for your New Zealand Travel and Accommodation requirements. Orbit are excited to be involved in this fantastic event and welcome the opportunity to showcase our beautiful country to you all. 

Accomodation

Accommodation for IBCPC Festival attendees is currently held and will be available for you to book through Orbit’s travel portal once registrations open in April 2020. For accommodation booked through Orbit, transfers from your accommodation to the festival venues will be arranged for you.  

There will be a range of accommodation options available from motorhomes to hotel suites and everything in between. The best rates have been negotiated for you which will be available exclusively for Festival participants. This ensures that your rate is guaranteed, even though the Festival date is still over 2 years away. 

Accommodation has been secured in the following locations:

Cambridge

Cambridge is a majestic tree-lined town that sits at the heart of New Zealand’s rural heartland. 

This will be the base for IBCPC 2022. The local community is very excited to be hosting this event and look forward to showcasing everything this region has to offer. 

Cambridge is blessed with trees, parks and gardens that provide a stunning palette of colours as the seasons change. Cambridge also has two of the country’s most beautiful waterways – the ‘mighty’ Waikato River and Lake Karapiro with swimming, rowing, kayaking, jet boating, skiing, cruising and fishing available to all within minutes of the town centre. Cambridge is also well-suited to those who enjoy a walk or like to get on a bike – either for a gentle ride or to compete against the world’s best cyclists. And if horses are your thing, Cambridge is the Equine Capital of New Zealand.  Some of the world’s best racehorses have been bred here while many thoroughbred and standardbred trainers are based in the district.

Population of approximately 19,000

PROXIMITY

2 hours from Auckland

30 mins from Auckland to Hamilton then 20 min drive

11 min drive from Lake Karapiro

Hamilton

Situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton’s rich cultural mix and vibrant centre makes it a perfect place to experience the friendly Kiwi lifestyle.

Extensive walkways and cycleways link residential areas to the beautiful Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, which flows right through the city. Hamilton’s south end boasts an arts and cultural precinct, with inspiring exhibitions at the Waikato Museum, music and theatre, and an impressive selection of cafés, bars and award-winning restaurants. 

Population of approximately 165,000.

PROXIMITY

2 hours from Auckland

30 mins from Auckland

30 min drive from Lake Karapiro

Matamata

Today the town’s main attraction comes from the film industry after the Alexander brother’s farm became the Shire in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. 

Set in the shadow of the Kamai Ranges the area’s diverse range of natural scenery means there are some hidden gem’s to uncover including the 153m high Wairere Falls.

 

Meanwhile, the Opal Hot Springs, which are right next to the town’s 18-hole golf course, add to the region’s many opportunities for a soak or swim in naturally heated waters.

Back in town, Matamata’s cafes on the main street are popular local meeting spots while artisan producers are also claiming the area as a good base for their operations including the award-winning Kaimai Cheese Company at Waharoa.

Population of approximately 8,000.

PROXIMITY

2 hours 20 mins from Auckland

30 mins from Auckland to Hamilton then 45 mins drive

30 min drive from Lake Karapiro

Rotorua

Rotorua is a great place to explore and is the cultural hub of New Zealand. There’s a raft of attractions and experiences on offer for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to chill out. In fact, Rotorua has been rated the 4th best place in the world for travel experiences by travel website, TripAdvisor! 

The 18 sparkling lakes and three major rivers dotted around Rotorua makes the area a water lover’s paradise. Take it all in while relaxing in a lake edge thermal hot pool or explore the lakes at length, discovering glow worm caves and freshwater springs by kayak or stand up paddleboard.

Today the local Māori people continue to play a major part in the Rotorua tourism industry, opening up their homes and villages to guests and sharing their food, song and dance; arts including carving, weaving, tattoo, and weaponry; holistic knowledge such as Māori spirituality, massage and the medicinal use of native plants; as well as local history and legends.

Population of approximately 73,000

PROXIMITY

3 hours from Auckland

45 mins from Auckland

1 hour drive from Lake Karapiro

 
 

Experiences

During your time at the festival we will be offering exclusive experiences to festival attendees to enhance your time in the region. These will be focused on the best of what the region has to offer and New Zealand culture. 

You will be able to book these experiences via the IBCPC travel site after registering for the event. 

Here is a sneak peek of some of the experiences that will be on offer!

Premium Experiences

These are tailor-made experiences for festival attendees only

Hobbiton Walk & Fork Experience

Experience the real Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set, in the heart of the Waikato region. You can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Your exclusive guided tour takes you around the 12-acre set; past Hobbit Holes and the Mill. The tour concludes at the famous Green Dragon Inn where with a drink in hand you will be able to explore the venue or relax in front of the open fires whilst enjoying numerous goodies fresh from The Green Dragon kitchen. The outdoor fireplace will also be roaring for those who want to step outside and watch the sunset over Hobbiton.

Farm Tour

Put on some gumboots and enjoy a private guided tour of a Waikato working dairy farm and see where the world's largest dairy exporter, Fonterra's, products begin. At the conclusion of the tour, churn your own butter for your morning tea then sit down with a cuppa and enjoy the majestic view. 

Te Puia

Come face to face with Pohutu Geyser, jumping mudpools, and live kiwi birds; watch master carvers and weavers at work, and hear our guides share stories passed down from their ancestors. Enjoy a traditional hangi lunch overlooking the Pohutu geyser.

Opera in the Gardens

Set in amongst the Hamilton Gardens you will discover the Italian Renaissance Garden, where a relaxing evening awaits you. Sit back, relax and enjoy a majestic evening listening to a local Opera singer over a couple of drinks and nibbles in amongst nature. 

Additional Experiences

Waitomo Caves

Discover your moment of magic in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour. Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.

Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s original and iconic geothermal bathing experience, with exclusive access to both acidic and alkaline natural mineral springs, and unique spa therapies for the ultimate in rest and relaxation.

The geothermal hot mineral waters are sourced from two natural springs and feed into 28 hot mineral pools. The slightly acidic Priest Spring waters relieve tired muscles, aches and pains while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring nourish the skin.

Agrodome

Located on a 350-acre real working farm with spectacular panoramic views of picturesque Lake Rotorua, Agrodome is a must on every visit to Rotorua. Experience a private guided tour of the farm, animals and the orchard. Climb aboard the all-weather comfortable trailers as knowledgeable guides take you on a journey around the 350-acre working farm.

During your time at Agrodome you can also watch and participate in a wide range of activities including sheepshearing, cow milking, stock auction, baby animal feeding, dog demonstrations.

Rainbow Springs

Set in 22 acres of lush native forest and natural springs with wildlife enclosures and interactive activities scattered throughout, Rainbow Springs is the ultimate way to learn about New Zealand’s wildlife, fauna and cultural stories. Whether it’s walking through our many free-flight aviaries, feeding our famously large wild trout, coming face to face with our tuatara, or seeing New Zealand’s national icon the kiwi bird in its nocturnal enclosure, Rainbow Springs is a great day out for everyone.

Kayaking with Glowworms on Lake Karapiro

Begin your kayaking journey on the southern end of Lake Karapiro before heading up the Pokaiwhenua Steam. Float into a gorgeous canyon which is covered in native flora and fauna. At the halfway point, stop for a break and enjoy a light snack of locally products.

Once the sun sets, get back into your kayak and silently drift back down through the canyon which is now covered in twinkling glowworms.

Lakeland Queen

Take a cruise on Lake Rotorua aboard the heritage styled vessel, Lakeland Queen. Lakeland Queen is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and the gentle pace of its paddle provides a relaxing cruise, perfect for exploring the areas geothermal features, natural wonders and stunning views.

Redwoods Tree Walk 

The Redwoods Tree walk experience is truly a walk to remember. Suspended high above the forest floor, encounter 75-metre-tall redwoods as you walk across eco-suspended bridges and platforms intricately designed to honour and accentuate the stunning natural environment.

New Zealand Touring Suggestions

Orbit Groups & Events is the one stop shop for all your New Zealand travel options! Whether you are wanting to extend your stay for a couple of days or if you want to do a full tour of New Zealand we are here to help. Either book one of our pre-designed tours or we can tailor create something to suit.

To give you some inspiration we have put together a few itinerary suggestions which are available for you to download now:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the team at Orbit Groups & Events – Auckland Division

Email: IBCPC2022@orbit.co.nz

Phone: +64 9 355 7722