SEEM 2015 Conference
Statistics in Ecology and Environmental Monitoring
22 – 26 June 2015         Queenstown, New Zealand
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Queenstown is one of the most popular and scenic destinations in New Zealand so there is plenty to see and do!

SEEM2015 has been able to organise some events exclusively for registrants and their partners. Please note that these can only proceed if the minimum number of participants has been met and paid for in full by the cutoff date indicated. If the minimum number is not met for an exclusive tour, the company will contact you directly so that you can make alternative arrangements yourself for your free day.

1. Boutique wine tour with Appellation Central Wine Tours - FINAL CHANCE!

An afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards of Central Otago. Departing at 11 am, we explore 4 vineyards located in both the Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn regions. The tour includes a delightful platter style lunch at The Nose in Cromwell. Arrive back at 4 pm. The price is fully inclusive of lunch and wine tastings as well as pickup and dropoff at your accommodation.

Cost: $175

Sign up: Either phone +64 3 442 0246 and quote SEEM2015 or register online here, quoting SEEM2015 for ‘Company’

Minimum number: 10


Cancellation policy: cancellations within 48 hours or no shows will be charged in full

If the minimum number is not met by above deadline, it may be possible to join one of Appellation Central’s regular tours (subject to availability), for which you need to book directly yourself.

2. Arrowtown, Tobins Track walk

A medium/easy grade walk (approx 1 hr return). Tobins Track was constructed in the 1870s to give access from Arrowtown to Cardrona over the Crown Range Road. A footbridge by the ford crosses over the Arrow river and from there it is a steady climb to the top, approx 250m. At the top of Tobins Track is a trig station and seats from which to enjoy the wonderful views over Arrowtown and the Wakatipu basin. Time also to explore historic Arrowtown itself, where the river Arrow became famed as one of the world’s richest sources of alluvial gold. Plenty of eating places to buy your own lunch. We’ll use our minibus and pool cars if needed.

Cost: free

Sign up: Sheet will be provided at SEEM registration desk from Sunday until Tuesday lunchtime.

3. Milford Sound, cruise and coach

Although not exclusively for SEEM2015 registrants, JUCY’s tours present a great opportunity to experience Fiordland. For example:

JUCY Cruise Coach - $119/adult; regular coach; lunch not included so buy on board or bring a packed lunch

5 Star Experience - $199/adult or buy 1 get 1 half price (adults only); luxury coach; lunch included

To secure a place, book directly with JUCY

4. A day’s skiing/snowboarding

Courtesy of Kiwi Discovery, an inclusive, one-day skiing/boarding package at Cardrona Alpine Resort which caters for all levels of ability. This includes transport from Crowne Plaza hotel, equipment hire, clothing and lift pass. The drive itself over the Crown Range to Cardrona is very scenic and provides great views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Payment at the Kiwi Discovery shop the day before when you get fitted for your gear. Buy your own lunch at the resort or bring a packed lunch.

Cost: $201 or $223 (with helmet, goggles, gloves).

Add a lesson: Beginner - $211 or $233 (helmet, goggles, gloves); Progress & achieve - $258 or $280 (helmet, goggles, gloves)

Sign up: Sheet will be provided at SEEM registration desk from Sunday until Monday morning.

Other activities you might wish to check out.


The original bungy jump: AJ Hacket Bungy

Shotover Jet

Paragliding over Queenstown

Food and Wine

Wine tours with Appellation Central


Bars and Clubs


TSS Earnslaw Lake Cruises

Kiwi Haka

Skyline Gondola

Further afield

Real Journeys and JUCY offer day trips from Queenstown to Fiordland.

Mount Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Country, approximately a 3½ hour drive, offer amazing views and walks in a world heritage site.

The Catlins, also approximately a 3½ hour drive, has some of New Zealand’s unique scenery (e.g. a petrified forest) and is a good place for wildlife spotting.

Dunedin hosts the world’s only mainland breeding site for the Royal Albatross and has plenty of other attractions.