World Dairy Summit heading to Auckland’s NZICC in 2026


Auckland will host the International Dairy Federation’s (IDF) World Dairy Summit in 2026, with an expected 1,000 industry leaders and scientific experts to gather at the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).

The summit is the flagship event for the 120-year-old Federation, which spans more than 40 member countries, representing more than 75 per cent of the world’s milk production. Over 2,000 people attended the event when it was last held in New Zealand in 2010.

Convenor Andy Williams says winning the event reflects New Zealand’s standing in the global industry as the source of 40 per cent of the world’s traded dairy products.

“Worldwide, New Zealand is seen as a leader in the sector, from farming practices and welfare through to marketing strategies and everything in between,” he said.

“Hosting this summit will be great for New Zealand, it’s recognising our dairy expertise and leadership. We’ll be able to showcase what New Zealand is doing to stay at the forefront of this important global industry and how we’re adapting to emerging challenges.

“Dairy has an important role to play in the sustainability, safety and security of the global nutrient supply, and it is important that New Zealand is at the table when the sector discusses how we will respond to these important issues.”

The bid was secured by the New Zealand International Dairy Federation with support from Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) and Tourism New Zealand.

“Bringing this conference to Auckland is a great opportunity to showcase the region, both as a centre for agri-tech and as a top business events destination,” said ACB Head Ken Pereira.

“The IDF World Dairy Summit will provide invaluable opportunities for collaboration, promoting New Zealand’s innovation to global leaders in the industry.”