A message from your hosts, the Southland Astronomical Society
The 2013 RASNZ Conference will be held at the Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill during the last weekend in May. This is the same venue at which RASNZ Conferences were held in 1989 and 2002. The Southland Astronomical Society is pleased to once again be your host.
The hotel not only provides us with conference facilities but also accomodation. Hotel units are connected to the conference centre. Motel units on the same grounds are just two minutes walk to the conference rooms.
Within a short walk or drive there are a number of other motels which you can find in Tay Street. Ascot and the Coachman are at the entrance to Invercargill; convenient for those travelling by road. The airport is on the other side of Invercargill, about 15 minutes drive away. There are about a dozen flights into Invercargill each day. Shuttles are available at a very reasonable cost; about $5.
During the weekend the Bluff Oyster Festival is being held (in Bluff), and visitors not participating in the conference may wish to avail themselves of this. (The opening ceremony for the festival is actually being held at the Ascot Park Hotel at the same time that the RASNZ will be having its opening.)
Plans are being made for possible visits to places such as the Unwin Auroral Radar and the ESA Tracking Station, both at Awarua which is half way between Invercargill and Bluff. For those wishing to explore the Southland region before and/or after the Conference, there are places such as Stewart Island, Fiordland, the old fishing and once-whaling town of Riverton, Bluff and its harbour, the wild coastline of the Catlins including the fossil forest at Curio Bay and the Hector Dolphins in the adjoining Porpoise Bay, Queenstown. And then there is Central Otago.
We are obtaining sponsorships to help keep costs as low as possible. So we do hope that you will attend the conference and enjoy Southland hospitality.