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Social events and tours

Conference social events

Social events are a great way to connect with your colleagues and make new friends amongst the symposium attendees. The Organising Committee would like to invite you to the following events:

Opening Reception

Monday, 28 August 2017, 4:35 pm to 6:30 pm

The Opening Reception of the symposium will take place in the Burns Lecture Theatre Complex on Albany Street (4:35 pm to 5:00 pm) followed by drinks and nibbles at the University of Otago Staff Club (5:00 pm to 6:30 pm; 2 minute walk from the symposium venue). This is a great opportunity to meet up with colleagues and make new friends.

Please note that an Opening Reception ticket is included in full registration.

University of Otago Staff Club – Albany street (2 minute walk from the symposium venue)

Walk to the Botanic Gardens

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Enjoy a lovely 10-minute walk to the beautiful Dunedin Botanic Gardens and a leisurely stroll around the garden before returning to the conference venue. The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand's first botanic garden and holds the status of six star Garden of International Significance.

Please note that there is no cost to this event. The event is weather-dependent.

Conference Dinner

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Symposium Dinner will be held at the University of Otago Staff Club.

Address: Leith Walk, Dunedin (2 minute walk from the symposium venue) See map

Please note that the Symposium Dinner ticket is not included in full registration and will be available for purchase during the registration process.

Optional Explore Dunedin tours

Dunedin Heritage Walks

“More than 100 years ago, Dunedin was New Zealand's largest and wealthiest city, following the discovery of gold in Otago, and large investments in industry, shipping and commerce.” Two Heritage Walks (2 km each, 1 hour) offer the opportunity to see much of Dunedin’s Victorian past, as well as changing skylines and unexpected views. 
See the Dunedin Heritage Walks brochure (PDF format, 168 KB)

Cycling Tours

Easy ride: Ravensbourne Track (12 km return)
More keen riders: Otago Peninsula (40 to 70 km return, depending on the route)

These bike rides will start from the symposium venue (Burns Lecture Theatre Complex) on Sunday, 27 August 2017, at 10 am (the day before the symposium starts). 

Tramping/Hiking: Pineapple Track

This 4- to 5-hour tramp/hike will start from the symposium venue (Burns Lecture Theatre Complex) on Thursday, 31 August 2017, at 10 am (the day after the symposium finishes)

Please indicate your interest in these optional Explore Dunedin Tours as part of your symposium registration.