The RASNZ conference is annually hosted by an RASNZ Affiliated Society over a weekend in May or June. The conference generally features a RASNZ Fellows Lecture during the opening on the Friday night of the conference followed by a full day of presentations on Saturday, the conference dinner during Saturday evening, and a further day of presentations on Sunday.
RASNZ invites an international featured speaker to the conference. Other papers are presented by professional and amateur astronomers and astronomy students from around Australasia and often from further afield.
Often a symposium is held by one of the RASNZ sections or groups immediately preceding or following the conference.
The Affiliated Societies AGM is held in conjunction with the conference and the RASNZ Council takes to opportunity to hold a council meeting, split over two days - before and after the conference, face to face (during the rest of the year council business is conducted by email).