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Planning a conference? Here are a few tips to make it memorable...

Planning a conference can be more difficult than you might think. What seems like a simple staff/client get together can so easily miss the mark.

The key is choosing a venue with experienced staff who can organise all the logistics, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.

Here are a few easy ways to take your next conference from zero to hero.


Have some fun ice-breakers up your sleeve

If there’s one thing the last few years have taught me, it’s that starting a meeting with “how’s everyone doing”, or more recently the famous “you’re on mute” is not the best way to get your team's creative juices flowing.

If you’re planning a conference, it’s even more crucial that you get everyone engaged and ready to tackle the day ahead. Having a few non-cliched icebreakers up your sleeve is the perfect way to set the tone for the rest of the day.

Simple options like ‘two truths and a lie’ or getting everyone to take a short personality quiz always goes down a treat. Once everyone has completed, get everyone to mention something they agree or disagree with in their results. It’s a great way to gain a new perspective on your colleagues!

For those looking for something more elaborate, team building activities like arts and crafts (make-your-own wreath?) or a more physical challenge, always get people chatting!

Choose your venue wisely

Zoning out at some point during the day may be unavoidable. But if your staff are going to stare aimlessly out the window they may as well have a pristine view to look at!

All jokes aside, Ellerslie Event Centre is set in the beautiful grounds of Auckland's historic Ellerslie Racecourse located less than 7km away from the hustle & bustle of Auckland City's Queen Street. Our surrounds will help provide your team the space to get creative (and there's plenty of space for the aforementioned ice breakers!) and really engage with the content you've got on offer.

Our experience in hosting business meetings and conferences, coupled with our friendly, professional staff, modern facilities & a competitive Daily Delegates Package ticks all the boxes, helping ensure you pull off a seamless business event.

Make sure you have all the amenities you need

Making your staff pay for expensive parking to attend a conference is a guaranteed way to get the day off to a bad start. Ensuring your venue has ample parking is a small point, but having your staff arrive in high spirits can make or break the event. Ellerslie Event Centre has more all-day, free, onsite parking than you could ever realistically need.

If you’re planning on presenting, make sure your venue has projectors and sharing capabilities to avoid mishaps on the day - and of course, WiFi!

Don’t let people go hungry

Lastly, if people are hungry, you haven’t got a chance in hell of keeping their attention through well...anything really! We offer the full catering package including morning tea, lunch AND afternoon tea to keep your staff fed and watered. We take care of everything, so all you have to do is show up!


Whether you're looking to hold a meeting, conference, product launch, AGM, seminar or breakfast meeting, we've got you sorted with a package to suit. Check out the options here.

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