FAST AND FORWARD FORESTRY EXPO - Friday 18 Nov + Saturday 19 Nov - Rotorua Racecourse

WE'RE HEADING TO NZ'S 'SOUTHERN MAN' COUNTRY... revel in good ole Southern hospitality

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 welcome you to 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 runs 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 to this stunning world class location.

Please note that to comply with the Framework set by government, Millennium Hotels and Resorts. The event will operate under the orange traffic light setting. At all times advice from the Ministry of Health will guide the terms and conditions of the conference.


Friday 17th June 2022

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 June 2022

The “Southern Man” Activity Play Day
10am Meet in Hotel foyer for day trip, 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 19th June 2022

Return Home
Rest & back to work


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

Accommodation Info

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
Book Millennium Hotel

Copthorne Hotel & Resort (another accommodation option close by)
Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St Queenstown New Zealand 9300
T. +64 3 450 0260
Check-in: 2.00pm - Checkout: 10.00am


This event is brought to you by FICA. Send your enquiries / questions to:

Prue Younger
Phone 021 2765484 or email

Lydia Price