welcome letter
Integrated Medicine : Integrating Science Practice & Research 
 ⋅Date : October 2~4, 2015 
 ⋅Venue St. David's Lecture Theater, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Relative Information


iSAMS 2015 Organizing Committee

Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute (KPI)

AKOM 4th Floor 26-27 Gayang-2dong, Gangseo-gu, Korea 200-157

T: +82 (0)2 2658 9051~3 | F: +82 (0)2 2658 9136

E: info@isams.org | W: www.isams.org


01. Climate & Weather

Spring : September – November
Spring brings weather of all types – expect everything from cold, frosty, clear days to sunny and hot. Make sure you are prepared for this type of weather if you are visiting during this time. Jeans are good and layers work well on top, as they can be added and removed depending on what the weather brings.

Four Seasons in One Day
New Zealand weather can change unexpectedly. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature if you're going hiking or doing other outdoor activities.

The sunlight here can quickly burn skin from September to April, especially between 10am and 4pm, even on cloudy days. Be 'SunSmart' by using these three simple steps when you go outdoors:
  • 1. Stay in the shade whenever possible.
  • 2. Wear a shirt, hat and sunglasses.
  • 3. Use SPF 30+ sunscreen. Reapply every 2 hours.

By Cancer Society
Most places in New Zealand receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, with the sunniest areas - Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay and Nelson/Marlborough - receiving over 2,350 hours. As New Zealand observes daylight saving, during summer months daylight can last up until 9.30pm. New Zealand experiences relatively little air pollution compared to many other countries, which makes the UV rays in our sunlight very strong.


02. Electricity and Communication

230/240 volts and use angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia).

Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option.


03. Time Zones

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). In Summer, New Zealand time uses 'Daylight Saving', with clocks put forward one hour to GMT+13. Daylight saving begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday of the following April, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.


04. Currency Values

Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2.

Notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

How much will it Cost?
Here is a general guide of what you can expect to pay in New Zealand for a few common items.
  • A hotel breakfast: NZ$15 - $40
  • Dinner: NZ$25 - $70 per main meal
  • Lunch snack/sandwich: NZ$5 - $10
  • Cafe lunch: NZ$10 - $25
  • A postcard stamp to anywhere abroad: NZ$2
  • Big Mac Hamburger: NZ$5.10
  • Cappuccino: NZ$3.50-$4.50

Goods and Services Tax

All goods and services are subject to a 15 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) included in the displayed price. Visitors cannot claim this tax back, however when a supplier ships a major purchase to a visitor's home address the GST will not be charged.

i-SITE is New Zealand’s official visitor information network with over 80 i-SITEs nationwide.

i-SITE knows all the best things to do, places to stay and ways to get there. Plus they’ll take care of the bookings.

Every person who works at i-SITE is a travel expert for their own home town, so they can help you to find the sort of activities, attractions, accommodation and transport that only a local would know.

You can be sure that once you have experienced the latest and greatest of what one place has to offer, i-SITE will help connect you with their equally friendly i-SITE colleagues at the next stop on your journey.

So whether you’ve come around the world or down the road you can rely on i-SITE for expert local knowledge and bookings throughout New Zealand.

  • Itinerary planning and information
  • Bookings nationwide - accommodation, transport, activities, attractions
  • Free maps, weather & mountain safety information
  • Local information - events, attractions, restaurants & more!
Download this i-SITE map (PDF) for details on all i-SITE Visitor Information Centres in New Zealand.