Conference venues and key information

Conference Venue

Viaduct Events Centre

161 Halsey Street, Wynyard Quarter

Located on Auckland’s vibrant waterfront, the Viaduct Events Centre (VEC) is a large conference and exhibition venue with over 6,000m2 of space spanning three levels.

Tuesday 23rd July: Party Night

Weta Workshop Unleashed

Level 5, 88 Federal Street

Step inside a cavernous volcano, stand beside a galactic robot or visit a miniature fantasy world! Be inspired by the unique and interesting sites at Weta Workshop Unleashed and come dressed in your best Sci-Fi or Fantasy costume.

Wednesday 24th July: Hire Excellence Awards Dinner

Viaduct Events Centre​

161 Halsey Street, Wynyard Quarter

The annual HIANZ Hire Excellence Awards Dinner is taking place at the Viaduct Events Centre. The upstairs venue will be beautifully transformed for this highly anticipated Black Tie event.

key information

Dress Code

The dress code for all day conference sessions is business casual. 
Party Night Dress Up – Theme is Sci-Fi and Fantasy at Weta Workshop.
Awards Night – Black Tie, Formal.


The Wynyard Crossing bridge, connecting the Viaduct Events Centre / Wynyard Quarter to the Viaduct is closed until further notice. However, we have a free Redboat Ferry service running during the following times:
Tuesday 23 July: 6.00am – 10.30pm
Wednesday 24 July: 6.00am – 10.30pm & 11.00pm – 12.30am

The boat leaves from the right-hand corner of the Viaduct, just past the Maritime Museum on the Eastern side, and departs just under the draw bridge on the Western side. It will run every 10 – 15 minutes and it takes 3 minutes to get across.

Photography and Videography

By submitting your conference registration, you have given your consent for us to use and store any images or videos that you appear in for promotional purposes by the Organising Committee or event managers.


Complimentary WIFI is available for all delegates in the conference areas.


Car parking is available in nearby parking buildings, and there is limited paid street parking in the Wynyard Quarter within a few minutes’ walk of the Viaduct Events Centre.
The Downtown Car Park, on the corner of Lower Hobson and Customs St West and opposite the main entrances to Viaduct Harbour and the Hilton Hotel precincts, provides an option for full day parking.


It is the responsibility of all delegates to organise any personal, medical and travel insurance. HIANZ, and all venues/suppliers working with HIANZ on the conference and associated events, hold no liability.


The programme is subject to change and the Organising Committee reserve the right to make modifications at any time.

Transfer of Registrations

If you are no longer able to attend, you can nominate another person to attend in your place as long as you advise us in advance of the conference. Please ensure to have details of the replacement person on hand, including: first name, last name, email address, phone number and any special/dietary requirements. Any registration transfers must be made in writing to the Events Team:

Cancellations & Covid-19

The programme is subject to change and the Organising Committee reserve the right to make modifications at any time.

Any cancellations must be made in writing to the Events Team –

 If notification of cancellation of registration is received in writing prior to Friday 28 June 2024, you will be refunded your registration in full, less an administration fee of $50.00 + GST. Any cancellations after this date are liable for the full conference registration cost.

HIANZ reserves the right to cancel, postpone or change the date of the event in case of government imposed restrictions or circumstances beyond their control. In such a case all monies paid to date will be refunded in full less any expenses incurred. The liability of the organiser’s will be limited to that amount.

Contact us for more information

If you have any questions regarding attending, sponsoring and/or exhibiting at the HireCon24, please email