The 71-year-old head of Tibetan Buddhism will preach kindness and compassion to those gathered at the Vector Arena this afternoon.
He will also speak in Wellington on Tuesday, where he will meet with leaders of several political parties, including National John Key.
The Dalai Lama met with the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, last week, despite fierce opposition to such contacts from China.
And he spoke with Helen Clark after a chance meeting while she was visiting Australia.
But her office says she simply may not have time for a formal meeting here.