Established 1937

 73rd National Conference

Hosted by the Southern Lakes Branch, Queenstown

11th - 13th June 2021

Countdown to conference

Last updated 19th March 2021


We have negotiated special rates for the 73rd NZDA National Conference 2021 and AGM at the Crowne Plaza, a 4.5 star hotel.

A courtyard room is available from $185 per night including full breakfast, or for a twin share (2 x double beds) and 2 x full breakfast is available from $205 per night.
Please quote "NZDA conference" when making a booking or use the booking form.

Download the booking form and send directly to the Crowne Plaza to get these special rates
Crowne Plaza Queenstown book direct booking form, Deer Stalkers.pdf

Conference Address: 93 Beach Street, Queenstown, +64-3-441 0095


Alternative Accommodation

The conference is being held in June as this is traditionally a quiet time in Queenstown,  when flights and accommodation is normally more available and cheaper. 
Please help support the local by booking direct rather than use a booking site like "". These overseas sites take a commission and this money does not stay in NZ. It is also harder to get a refund when you book through a booking site.

Browns Boutique Hotel - Run by a Local Member Peter Ray  (Download NZDA special rates info)

Rydges Lakeland resort Queenstown - A large hotel approx 3 minutes walk along the lakefront, the rooms are a little older than the Crowne Plaza but last check these were available from $125 per night (Excluding breakfast)


These WILL BE cheaper the earlier you book. At the moment Air NZ are offering flexible fares and state "No fees for changes to flight date or time on bookings until June 30, 2021." So book now!

Air NZ fly direct from Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland with many connecting flights to the regions as you are probably aware.

Jetstar fly direct from Auckland*

The airport is a 15 mins drive from the airport serviced regularly by shuttle buses and taxis.  
Super Shuttle run frequently and is around $12pp - pre booking is recommended. Alternatively a taxi will be around $40

*Flights can occasionally  be effected by snow in June. Remember that Air NZ fly to Queenstown more frequently, should you get delayed or rerouted


Queenstown is 3.5 hours from Dunedin or 6 hours from Christchurch, be aware of snow on the Lindis pass and Crowne Range at this time of year. If you fly to Christchurch and rent a vehicle, please check they supply chains.

There is parking available at the hotel (must be booked in advance) or free parking along the water front.

There will be a free courtesy bus to the functions on Friday and Saturday night, Parking is plentiful on the Friday night at Remarkables park if you choose to arrive there first and check into the hotel later.


Friday Night Function 

Venue - Hunting and Fishing shop in Frankton

Opening night includes BBQ and nibbles, opening speeches and an opportunity to look round the local hunting shop

$45pp to attend (includes food, return transport from Crowne Plaza at 6pm)


Venue - Crowne Plaza conference floor

7.00am Breakfast
8.00am - 8.45am Guest Speaker Robbie Kroger from Blood Origins
10.00am Morning Tea sponsored by Local Business
12.30pm conclusion of AGM followed by Lunch sponsored by Local Business
1.30pm Exciting line up of Guest Speakers
3.00pm Afternoon Tea sponsored by Local Business
5.30pm End of Conference Day One
5.30pm Hotel Bar opens

7.00pm Gala Dinner and awards 
Venue - TBC depending on numbers but free shuttle will be included in the price
Partners and Guests invited:  $80 pp includes full meal, awards and evening entertainment


8.30am Any other Business from Conference
9.00am NZDA workshops (details coming soon)
10.30am Morning Tea
11.00am Continuation of workshops
1.30pm End of conference

We recommend flights after 3pm

How to register 

The weekend is ultimately made up of 4 elements:-

1. AGM - the National Secretary as per the  constitution (voting rights etc) is there to ensure this is the formal part of conference *
2. The popular and national AHT (Antler, Horn and Tusk) and Photo competition
3. Conference - Guest Speakers to educate, inspire and excite members of the association
4. Networking, and workshop options - your chance to share knowledge and friendships

*The National Secretary has helped facilitate discussions (that everyone was invited to attend via Zoom) to ensure that the AGM is a productive 3 hour AGM (and less of the onerous and laborious 2 day event.)

Zoom option
Due to the successful Zoom conference last year, there is also this option available as well. However to ensure there is professional audio and video streaming, there is a cost to this. 

When you register, choose "Zoom attendance" $174 (a great option to stream to committee members keen to be involved but can't attend in person)

Attending Conference in person (this closes 12th May)
We encourage as many members as possible to attend. As explained above, the formal part ie the AGM on Saturday morning is run by the National Secretary and you will need to register to represent your branch. It is imperative you register for Covid tracking purposes too.

If you want to just attend for the guest speakers on the Saturday and the workshops on the Sunday, there is still a cost to attend as we are providing conferencing facilities, providing morning & afternoon tea and lunch. This cost is $174pp

Attending only the Functions
There will be a fantastic opportunity to listen to guest speakers on the evening functions. Members (really easy to travel from Southland and Otago) are encouraged to come up for the weekend and attend these.

Please see the functions page for full information and as speakers are confirmed we will update the website info

Note on costs:
The cost $174 to attend the AGM and conference not only covers lunch and morning/ afternoon tea, but covers costs associated with securing guest speakers, the technology to Zoom the conference and the hire of the conference facilities and all the behind the scenes expenses.

The branch have worked hard to keep costs to a minimum and will be running the conference with volunteers from the membership.

Due to the obvious possibility of a return to Covid restrictions, you are advised to book the Crowne Plaza accommodation as we negotiated Covid cancellation clauses or if staying elsewhere please book direct with a hotel. This is because it is not easy to get refunds when you use a booking site.

We are also limiting the conference AGM to 100 people to allow for social distancing if required.

Book early to avoid disappointment

Download registration form 


Friday Night Function $45

Venue - Hunting and Fishing shop in Frankton

Opening night includes BBQ and nibbles, opening speeches and an opportunity to look round the local hunting shop

$45pp to attend (includes food, return transport from Crowne Plaza at 6pm)

Saturday Gala Dinner $80

Transport to the venue will depart from the hotel at 6.30pm

7.00pm Gala Dinner and awards

Partners and Guests invited: $80 pp includes full meal, awards and evening entertainment

Saturday Sightseeing Wine & Lunch Tour 10am - 4pm $100

Bringing your partner to the conference ?

We have arranged for a tour to collect from the hotel at 10am and take in the sights of Arrowtown, a local view point, the bungy bridge (to watch if not keen to jump) and then a number of wineries with lunch included. Returning around 4pm 


You can add these to your AGM and Conference registration which is available on the Conference Papers page - Closing date for these is 12th May

Alternatively if you only want to ONLY attend one or both functions, that is possible however priority is given to conference attendees as we are restricted on space and these are available on the functions tab

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