Forest Industry Contractors Association
17 & 18 June 2022

We’re heading to New Zealand’s iconic “Southern Man” country to revel in good ole Southern hospitality.

We welcome you to discover the beauty of Queenstown and the Southern Alps.

If you have never been to Queenstown or even the South Island, then in just one weekend you will get a taste for what it has to offer and no doubt want to return for more.


You will need to know about drinking, dressing, talking, driving and thinking Southern Man style.


The Forest Industry Contractors Association invite you to attend and showcase your company at the 2022 Annual FICA Conference.

We look forward to bringing you a professionally organised conference and being able to meet your expectations of networking with the industry and providing a load of fun within a great programme.


The conference will run over 2 days with plenty to keep you entertained and plenty of activities that is sure to make your trip to Queenstown and the South Island so worthwhile. We welcome you and your partner to this stunning world class location.


The conference will continue to add value to your business/company by:

  • Connecting with others in the industry

  • Bringing contractors, service providers, sponsors and members together

  • Showcasing what’s new

  • Having fun in a great place

Please note that to comply with the Framework set by government, Millennium Hotels and Resorts will be requiring vaccine certificates for anyone to be on the hotel premises (including restaurants, bars, meeting spaces, swimming and spa pools, spa facilities and gyms) from that date. Delegates with exemption, will still require an official “My Vaccine Pass” stating their exemption status.


Persons who do not have a valid My Vaccine Pass will be asked to leave the hotel premises immediately.

At all times advice from the Ministry of Health will guide the terms and conditions of the conference.

Gibbston Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Q

Key Dates



On-line Registration Open

Book your accommodation now

March 2022

Final Programme confirmed

Conference Registrations CLOSE - 31 March 2022



Friday 17th

Trade Displays

9.00am – 12.00pm


FICA Welcome Lunch before Conference

12.00pm – 3.00pm


Conference opens

Guest speakers – 45 minute sessions


Happy hour and tapas "Pub on Wharf" - 5.30pm

Free night to explore what Queenstown nightlife has to offer.     

Saturday 18th

The “Southern Man” Activity Play Day

10am Meet in Hotel foyer

Organised by



3pm return


Sponsored “Fun Night” Mountain High - 5.30pm

Catch the gondola up the famous Southern Alps for food, beverages and entertainment

11.00pm return

Sunday 31st

Return Home

Rest & back to work

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The conference is held at the Millennium Hotel, 32 Frankton Road, Queenstown.

Millennium Hotel

32 Frankton Road Queenstown New Zealand 9300

T. +64 3 450 0150
Check-in: 2.00pm - Checkout: 10.00am

Other Accommodation Options close by:

Copthorne Hotel & Resort

Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St Queenstown New Zealand 9300

T. +64 3 450 0260
Check-in: 2.00pm - Checkout: 10.00am

Both are very close to each other and holding rooms under our Code for our event. There has been a special rate offered to delegates and can be accessed by using group code FICA22.

Registration Information

Members & Sponsors Only (exclusive GST)


Full Packages - Single: $450

Registration Package includes:

  • Welcome Lunch

  • Conference

  • Happy hour & Tapas

  • The “Southern Man” Activity Play Day

  • Gondola ride

  • Dinner and live entertainment

Partners Only (exclusive GST)


Full Packages - Single: $250

Registration Package includes:

  • Welcome Lunch

  • Conference

  • Happy hour & Tapas

  • The “Southern Man” Activity Play Day

  • Gondola ride

  • Dinner and live entertainment

Non-Members Only (exclusive GST)


Full Packages - Single: $600

Registration Package includes:

  • Welcome Lunch

  • Conference

  • Happy hour & Tapas

  • The “Southern Man” Activity Play Day

  • Gondola ride

  • Dinner and live entertainment

Single Social Functions by Events per head

Welcome Lunch: $ 25

Happy Hour & Tapas: $25

The “Southern Man” Activity Play Day: $150

Gondola/Dinner and live entertainment: $100

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Conference Registration

Choose your preferred payment method below.

Credit card payments are processed using PayPal and will incur an additional 3.4%

If you are wanting to attend the Safetree Conference the day before the FICA Conference then you will need to register separately by clicking this link: Register for Safetree Conference


This will take you to the Safetree information page, where you will be able to register for the Safetree Conference event.

Registrations close by 31 March 2022

Late Registration Fee 15% additional to advertised prices

Please complete registration form and payment by 31 March 2022

Cancellation Policy: 

 - 50% refund before 15 April

 - 25% refund up to 01 May

 - NO REFUND post 01 May

Register for the Safetree Growing Culture Conference below:

Sponsors Options

There is a chance to get your name and business logo more visible at the FICA Conference this year and get naming rights for these activities which have created a sensational programme for the contractors in Queenstown. There is also a chance to showcase your company and products at the Safetree Conference being held 16 June, then on the morning of 17 June at the FICA Conference in the trades display area. 


Check out the options below and book your spot.


If you have other ideas, please contact to discuss.

About the 'Southern Man'

Please make sure you know this when you come across a Southern Man:

  • They always use their left hand to drink, leaving his right hand free to prod the chest of anyone who disagrees with his rugby theories, of which he has an abundance

  • Drives a ute (or similar no-nonsense wagon) – is has space for a few kegs of Speights when the boys come over to watch the footy. They are also perfect for hunting and fishing trips or the odd excursion north to watch the local team

  • Wears his Speight’s jersey with pride whenever he can, especially at his local rugby club or pub

  • He never eats quiche or beansprouts, uses cellphones or drinks beer from a stemmed glass

  • He never holds hands with his woman but he respects a woman who drinks Speights out of a jug

  • Plays contact sport where there is risk to life or limb

  • Never sits in bars

  • Never leaves beer in his glass

  • Never lets his wife drive unless he’s had a few

  • Always respected for their taste in clothes, their taste in sport and of course their taste in beer

What to wear in Queenstown

What clothes to bring? (after hours only)

Slightly tidier than “The Southern Man” but remember its gonna be colder than North Islanders are use to!!

The Southern Man’s clothes:


  • Prefers practical clothing eg. Swandris, Levis jeans, rugby jerseys and shirts with padded elbows for leaning on his favourite bar

  • Unlike Aucklanders, he doesn’t own more than two ties (preferably rugby club ties) and he wouldn’t be seen dead in a skivvy or cardigan

  • Doesn’t wear choker chains, rings or ear studs

But the truth is, wear what you like:


Welcome Lunch - Smart / Casual

Conference - Smart / Casual

"The Southern Man" Activity Play Day - Casual / Comfortable

Gondola / Dinner - Cocktail / Comfortable

What currency? - NZD $

What language? - Kiwi

What's the Lingo? - common sayings

  • Scarfie – university student

  • One for the Road – two for the road!

  • McGann – beer pot

  • Sip – 5 jugs

  • Big sip – in excess of 8 jugs

  • Spiggits/real beer – Speights Gold Medal Ale

  • A wee nippy – 6 degree frost

About Queenstown

Nestled on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown (Maori name Tahuna) is one of New Zealand’s most loved tourist and holiday destinations. The town is settled right at the lake’s edge, surrounded by scenic mountain ranges.


The Wakatipu Basin was created by glacial movement some 15,000 years ago. Evidence of Maori presence has been found dating back around 700 years, though the area was apparently not settled by Maori; rather, they used it as a summer hunting ground for the huge, flightless moa and the treasured pounamu, or greenstone, which was found there.

The first European visitor was the Scottish-born settler Nathanael Chalmers, in 1853. Reko, a Maori chief, led Chalmers on what was probably the first high octane tour – an off-road trip crossing mountain ranges, canoeing rivers and finally speeding through the Cromwell Gorge on a raft made of flax stems. More than 50 years later, Chalmers recalled the trip: “I shall never forget the “race” through the gorge … my heart was literally in my mouth, but those two old men seemed to care nothing for the current.” He paid his ‘guide’ with a three-legged iron pot – and white-water rafting remains a popular sport to this day!

A few years after Chalmers’ rafting adventure, William Rees and Nicholas von Tunzelmann settled on the shores of Wakatipu – Rees on what is now Queenstown, and von Tunzelmann across the lake. The friends married two sisters, Frances and Gertrude Gilbert. It was 1860, and the settlers had a couple of years of peaceful farming before the gold rush of 1862 turned the area into a shantytown; within a few months, more than 1,500 miners were literally camped at their doorsteps.

As the gold ran out and the miners left, Chinese miners were brought in to work the Wakatipu Basin. About 5,000 Chinese workers settled in Otago in the late 1800s. The old Chinese gold mining settlement at Arrowtown has been restored as a historical attraction.

The area continued as farmland, particularly sheep stations, and as a summer holiday destination. Bushwalking and tramping were on offer, with the Milford, Routeburn and Hollyford Tracks at the doorstep. With the establishment of Coronet Peak Ski Field in the mid-1900s, Queenstown began its rise as one of New Zealand’s favourite holiday destinations. Access and accommodation improved; as more people came from overseas, the tourist industry boomed.

When AJ Hackett started a Bungy Jumping operation off the Kawarau Bridge in 1988, Queenstown was well on the way to establishing itself as ‘the adventure tourism capital of the world’. Great expectations maybe; but today this small lakeside town has well over 200 adventure tourism activities on offer, amidst a setting of unparalleled natural beauty, and has international acclaim as an environmental and adventure tourism resort.

Airport to Hotel          

Queenstown airport is located just 15 minutes from downtown Queenstown and links to the city centre with shuttles, taxi services, buses and rental cars.


P O Box 12017, Ahuriri

Napier 4144


Contact: Event Organisers

Prue Younger - 021 2765484 -

Jo Higgins-Ware - 021 2984690 -