We have settled on Wellington, New Zealand as our host city, from Wednesday, 29 July through Sunday, 2 August 2020.
Our base assumption is that a Worldcon in New Zealand would attract about 2000 people onsite. This is based on previous Worldcons in Australia. So with that as an assumption, but also allowing for higher and lower numbers we have carried out our investigations.
Below is a Google map of the Wellington area, showing a selection of accommodation, dining, amenities and the convention facilities.
|The facilities we would be using are the TSB Arena and Shed 6, Michael Fowler Center and the Intercontinental Hotel. Positively Wellington Venues is the company that manages most of the venues we would be using.
|Wellington has about 1500 rooms within a 10 minute walk, about 500 rooms being within 1-5 minutes. This ranges from 3 to 5 star.
There’s even backpackers very close by.
Please see the map above for accommodation options.
The end of July is still winter in New Zealand. Wellington is at the bottom of the North Island and so is cooler than Auckland.
Average temperatures are: 6°C – 11°C ( 43°F to 52°F).
With about 40% chance of rain.
But if there’s a southerly, it can feel a lot colder. If there’s a northerly, warmer. New Zealand is known for having “Four Seasons in One Day”. Crowded House even wrote a song about it. Here’s a live version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeYEyCDRHmE
For this reason we strongly advise dressing in layers that you can add or remove as needed.
Wellington can be very windy. If you want to try an umbrella, either bring a very cheap one that you don’t care about, or a very expensive one that CAN’T be turned inside out.
|Auckland offers many tourism opportunities. Sky Tower, the Harbour Bridge walk, harbour trips and too many more to mention here, but see the Auckland website above for details.
One opportunity of particular interest is that it’s possible to do a day trip to the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata.
|Wellington has beautiful harbour walks, Te Papa (the Museum of New Zealand) coastal exploring, and of course Lord of the Rings tourism, and the Weta Cave.
See above for more information on the Wellington Tourism website.
|Being late winter in New Zealand, you may also be interested in winter sports such as skiing. But regardless, we hope that you will take the opportunity to see the beautiful scenery in all parts of New Zealand, as well as meet the friendly people.