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World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ: A Celebration of Green Innovations and Natural Wonders

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World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

World Green Infrastructure Congress in NZ 2024

The World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024, set to take place in New Zealand from September 3-5, 2024, promises to be an unmissable event for industry professionals and enthusiasts from around the globe. With brilliant key notes, and over 100 speakers, this congress will offer a unique opportunity to explore cutting-edge green infrastructure solutions, get a glimpse into indigenous wisdom, share knowledge, and experience the unparalleled beauty Aotearoa, New Zealand has to offer.

The congress is being hosted by The University of Auckland in association with Design for Nature.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZGet in quick, early bird ticket sales close 15 July. Find out more and purchase tickets here.

Ko au ko te taiao, ko te taiao ko au

I am the environment, and the environment is me

The conference theme emphasises the inseparable bond between people and the natural world. Our reliance and impact on the environment underline the need for sustainable and respectful urban environments, where biodiversity, water and society are regenerated. This theme will guide the following five streams.

  • Urban Strategies, Policy and Regulation: Explore how urban planning and policies influence how cities develop, and can support positive outcomes for nature, society and the economy.
  • Environment and biodiversity: Understand the science promoting positive outcomes for the environment and biodiversity.
  • Technology and innovation: Learn from international experts about the technological advancements and innovative practices that are supporting sustainable resource management and environmental protection.
  • Built Environment and Urban Form: Understand how urban design and architecture can foster a sense of community and connection to the natural world.
  • Building Neighbourhoods That Help Communities Thrive and Create a Sense of Place: Creating spaces that nurture community bonds and a deep connection to their natural and cultural environments.

The Excursion Day

One of the standout features of the congress is the Excursion Day, designed to showcase the best of Auckland’s green initiatives and natural beauty. Participants will have the chance to visit the renowned Auckland Botanic Gardens, guided by local experts and iwi leaders who will share their deep knowledge of native flora and nature based solutions to help with the pressing challenges we face. This experience will provide valuable insights into how traditional knowledge and modern science are integrated into New Zealand’s green infrastructure projects.

The Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner will be hosted in the Dome at the Auckland Museum, with views out across the city and Waitemata Harbour. Featuring delicious cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, and prepared by award winning chiefs, the food will delight. The winners of this year’s Green Infrastructure Awards will be announced, if you would like to nominate a project you can do so here, but get in quick as entries close 15 July.

World Green Infrastructure Awards 2024 Submission Deadline Is Extended Until 15 July!

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

Publisher’s Note: Read all about the World Green Infrastructure Awards 2024 but don’t wait to submit as the deadline of July 15 is fast approaching!

Must-Visit Attractions in New Zealand

While in New Zealand for the congress, attendees are encouraged to extend their stay and explore the country’s world-renowned landscapes and attractions.

North Island Highlights:

  • Auckland: Auckland, the “City of Sails,” blends a sophisticated urban environment with natural beauty. Nestled between two beautiful harbors and with 48 volcanic cones, it offers stunning views, green spaces and beaches to explore. Its diverse culture includes Māori, Pacific Islander, Asian, and European influences. Enjoy world-class museums, restaurants, and a lively arts scene. Auckland also provides easy access to both the stunningly rugged West Coast beaches like Piha and serene golden sand East Coast beaches like Kohimarama, and Takapuna. Whether exploring the waterfront, historic neighborhoods, or nearby wine regions, Auckland promises an unforgettable experience.
World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

Auckland’s West Coast. Image: Tātaki Auckland Unlimited

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

Rangitoto Island, above and below views from Kohimarama Beach. Images: Jonathon Avery

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

Friends having Fish and Chips at Takapuna Beach. Image: Mark Leedom

  • Whāngarei and the Hundertwasser Art Centre: Just a short drive from Auckland, Whangarei offers the stunning Hundertwasser Art Centre, a testament to creative green design. The center features a 900m2 living roof with 100 native and fruiting trees in 700mm of substrate. The museum showcases one of the largest collections of the works of the visionary artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
  • Tutukaka Coast: Known for its breathtaking beaches (some of the best in the world) and marine life, Tutukaka is a paradise for divers and nature lovers alike. The Poor Knights Islands, just offshore, are considered one of the world’s top diving spots.
World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

Matapouri Beach, Tutukaka. Image: iStock, denizunlusu

  • Hobbiton: Fans of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” will be delighted by a visit to Hobbiton, where they can explore the charming set of the Shire, complete with its iconic hobbit holes.
World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

Matamata, Hobbiton. Image: iStock, virsuziglis

Publisher’s Note: If you’re a fan, read all about our delightful visit at Explores Middle-earth at Hobbiton, NZ

  • Rotorua: Rotorua is famed for its spectacular geothermal activity, Māori culture, and adventure sports.
World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua. Image: iStock, rusm

  • Taupo: Taupo, with its stunning lake and geothermal wonders, offers a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration, along with adventure sports such as sky diving, mountain biking, and skiing.
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View across Lake Taupo to Tongaririo National Park. Image: Stewart Watson

South Island Adventures:

  • Queenstown: Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown offers activities ranging from bungee jumping to skiing (if the season allows). It’s also a gateway to the stunning Milford Sound, where towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls create a truly magical experience.
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Remarkables from Bobs Cove

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

Wanaka. Image: Jonathon Avery

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound. Image: Jonathon Avery

  • Skiing: Depending on the timing of your visit, New Zealand’s South Island offers fantastic skiing opportunities. Resorts like The Remarkables and Treble Cone cater to all levels of skiers and snowboarders.
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South Island, New Zealand. Image: iStock, iPav

The World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 is more than just a conference; it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the forefront of green innovation and experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of Aotearoa, New Zealand. From the opportunities of the congress to the myriad travel opportunities, this event is sure to inspire and invigorate all who attend. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this global gathering of green infrastructure visionaries.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

Early bird tickets available until 15 July here. We look forward to seeing you in NZ!

~ Zoë Avery

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2024 in NZ

Zoë Avery is Director at The Urbanist Ltd, Associate Director of Design (Urban Planning) at the University of Auckland, and Chair of Design for Nature. She is also the Chair of the WGIC2024 Organising Committee.


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