Venue and Accommodation

Front face of the new Engineering Core Building.

The symposium takes place under the patronage of the University of Canterbury (UC), which was established as Canterbury College in 1873 and is the top engineering university in New Zealand. It will be held in newly built Engineering Core Building (see Figure above) on UC’s beautiful campus ca. 5 km West of Christchurch City Centre. The location is a perfect base to explore Christchurch and vicinity with its rich cultural and natural options. Christchurch is conveniently connected to the rest of the world by direct flights from Singapore, Fiji, Thailand, China and Australia. The university and also the city centre is within 15 min reach (by car or shuttle) from the airport. Christchurch is also close to world-famous, breath-taking, untouched nature and UNESCO World Heritage observatory, which may be explored during an excursion to be organized in the context of the Symposium.

Foyer of the College of Engineering building.



The University of Canterbury (UC) is west of the CBD of Christchurch and we have arranged special rates during the conference at several motels between UC and the iconic Hagley Park. February is a busy season for accommodation, so we recommend booking well in advance.

Chateau on the Park (3 km from venue, 189 Deans Avenue)
Rooms for $235 per night (normally $260)
Book via phone +64-3-348-8999 (NZ: 0800-808-999)

Amore Motor Lodge (2 km from venue, 168 Riccarton Road)
Studio room for $145 per night (normally $160)
Book via phone +64-3-348-2889 or email

Argyle on the Park (3 km from venue, 145 Deans Avenue)
Discount of 12%
Book via phone +64-3-348-9186 (NZ: 0800-827-495) or website with code UCME12

Academy Motor Lodge (across the road from the venue, 62 Creyke Rd)
Book via phone +64-3-351-9347 (NZ: 0800-184-718) or email to receive a discount