Conference Events

Conference Dinner:

A conference dinner will be held at the Savoy Function Centre, in Dunedin’s city centre, on the final evening of the conference. To reserve a place at the dinner, please indicate your interest on the online registration form.

Conference Receptions:


A reception will be held in the evening of the 2nd February, at the De Beer Gallery in the University of Otago's Central Library, to welcome delegates.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

A second reception, held in the evening of the 3rd February, will give delegates a chance to mingle over a glass of wine and nibbles and tour the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent collection.

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Half-day excursions:

For those with some free time, we have arranged two half-day excursions exploring Dunedin’s ‘mock medieval’ flavour. These excursions will tour New Zealand’s only ‘castles’:

AM: Cargill’s Castle Trust Tour:

Cargill's Castle was built by Edward Bowes Cargill, prominent Dunedin businessman and political leader, in 1876. Cargill's Castle was designed by Frances William Petre, a leading New Zealand architect, and its location on the St Clair clifftops has ensured that it remains a Dunedin landmark. By 1974, the castle was structurally unsound and narrowly escaped complete demolition. In 1996, an official demolition order incited a public outcry, and it was at this point that the Cargill’s Castle Trust, dedicated to preserving the castle as a unique symbol of Dunedin’s cultural and architectural history, was formed. Today, the Trust is working towards stabilising the castle and developing its grounds, which overlook the Pacific Ocean from the cliffs of St. Clair.

The Cargill’s Castle Trust have kindly agreed to lead a group of no more than fifty delegates on a tour of the castle ruin and grounds, focussing particularly on its architectural and cultural history. Walking shoes are required! Please reserve your place on the excursion using the online registration form (maximum capacity: 50 delegates).

PM: Larnach Castle Tour and Devonshire Tea:

Built 1871 by William Larnach for his beloved first wife Eliza, Larnach Castle overlooks Dunedin Harbour, Otago Peninsula, and the Pacific Ocean. The Neo-Gothic castle exterior was constructed by a workforce of over 200 men over three years. For the next twelve years, European master craftsmen perfected the lavish interior, which features magnificent carved ceilings and a Georgian hanging spiral staircase, carved from solid blocks of New Zealand Kauri. Over many years, the castle’s current owners have restored the building and grounds to their former state of Victorian opulence.

This excursion will include a guided Castle tour and Devonshire afternoon tea (tea
or coffee served with a fresh Castle made scone with jam and cream,
accompanied by shortbread) served in the ballroom. Please reserve your place on the excursion using the online registration form (maximum capacity: 50 delegates).