The Annual New Zealand Phylogenetics Meeting

Sunday 15th - Friday 20th February, 2004


Download (PDF, 439 KB) the programme and abstracts.

Upper Tama LakeLocation

Mount Ruapehu,
North Island,
New Zealand

Conference co-ordinator:

Dr. Peter Lockhart
Massey University,
Palmerston North,
Phone: 3569099 x7053

Mt. NgauruhoeOverview:

A workshop on the latest developments in phylogeny and genome analysis, will be held at the Skotel, Whakapapa village, by the active volcanoes Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe (the setting for Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy).

This workshop will be the 11th annual New Zealand meeting on the interface of mathematics and biology in the study of phylogeny and molecular evolution. It will be held in the spectacular volcanic plateau region (Tongariro National Park) of the central North Island.

Visit the Skotel web site for location details There is a variety of accommodation choices at the skotel ranging from backpacker accommodation with self catering to serviced deluxe double rooms. The skotel has special rates for participants of the meeting and is the actual site for presentations and lectures. The venue is very family friendly.

More info from the previous conference at Doom (2001) can be downloaded as a here (PDF 25 KB).

Previous conferences:

Kaikoura 03
Whitianga 02
Doom 01
Ruahine 00
Kaikoura 99

Lower Tama LakeProgramme:

The programme is yet to be finalised. The evening on Sunday, 15 February, has been set aside for reception, registrations and informal discussion. The first talk will begin at 8:30am on Monday, 16th February. The last talk will be at midday on Friday, 20th February.

Download (PDF, 439 KB) the programme and abstracts.

Registration fee:

NZ$200 Non-students
NZ$150 Students

The registration fee is requested from all particpants and partners. The fee covers the cost of self-serve continental breakfasts, lunches, and morning and afternoon teas. Also included is a full breakfast at the Chateau on Tuesday, and a barbeque on Thursday night.

Preferred method of payment is by credit card, eftpos or cash, and can be made directly at the Skotel at registration on Sunday evening. We are limited to 50 participants, so if you are interested in coming then you need to pre-register immediately. If you haven't already registered your intent to attend the conference, please do so by emailing Joy Wood.

Please note that you will need to prepare your own dinner on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Kitchen facilities are available - but bring your own food to prepare as supplies are thin at the Volcanic Plateau. Alternatively, you may wish to dine at one of the cafes or restaurants in the area.

Basic Accommodation

We have booked out the Skotel Annex for accomodation. There are 5 singles, 12 twins, 1 double ensuite, and a flat with 3 doubles. There is also some similar style accomodtation in the Skotel building itself that Joy Wood can book. The cost of this type of accomodation is $20 per person, per night, if you bring your own bedding (e.g. sleeping bag and pillow), or $25 per night if bedding is supplied by Skotel. If you want this type of accomodation, then it is very important that you book this accomodation with Joy Wood when you pre-register for the meeting.

Note: For students requesting this accomodation, we are able to pay the accomodation costs.

Other Accommodation:

There is more expensive accomodation available at the Skotel (chalets, deluxe and standard rooms) and other accomodation available in the village. There is also accomodation in National Park, but please note that National Park is 16km from the Skotel. If you want other accomodation then you need to book this directly yourself. It is important that you book accomodation as soon as possible.

Getting there:

Whakapapa village is situated in the centre of the North Island. International visitors will normally arrive in New Zealand at one of the three main centres (Auckland, Christhchurch or Wellington). The nearest cities to Whakapapa village with airports are Palmerston North and Taupo. From these two cities, Whakapapa village is still at least 2 hours by car, train or bus.

Map of the central North Island Airfares:

Air New Zealand
Origin Pacific
Qantas New Zealand

Train fares and timetable information:

Tranz Scenic Overlander

Bus fares and timetable information:

Intercity Coachlines
Newmans Coach Lines.

Rental cars bookings:

Avis NZ
Hertz NZ

Things to do and see

The Ruapehu New Zealand website is an excellent source of information things of to do and see while visiting the region.

View of Skotel in front of Mt Ruapehu The Chateau in front of Mt. Ruapehu - making a bit of a fuss


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