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The Friendship Force of Wellington

  • Official Name: The Friendship Force of Wellington Inc
  • Club Membership: 35
  • Maximum number of Ambassadors our club can host: 16
  • Hosting capability: The minimum number of ambassadors we host is 10 and the maximum is 16. Length of stay is 6 nights, preferably 7 departing on day 8, for an international journey, and 3 nights for a domestic journey. As Wellington is built on 7 hills ambassadors should be able to walk reasonable distances unaided. We do not cater for children., and our club expects that all incomming guests are well informed friendship force members.
  • Membership Subscriptions: $45 per member.
  • Closest Major Airport: Wellington. Most international flights come via Auckland - after clearing immigration and customs there is a one-hour flight to Wellington. Flights from Australia to Wellington either come in mid-afternoon or midnight. Please avoid the midnight flights as most members live north of the city. The exchange can start the next morning if Ambassadors stay at a local hotel.
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Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand with a population of around 471,315 for the region (2013 Census figures). It is a hilly city built around a magnificent harbour, with a compact CBD. We are also quite well known for having a bit of wind! But Wellington on a good day is hard to beat.

The Friendship Force of Wellington was established on 5th March 1985 and we have been active since then in the promotion of Friendship Force exchanges and club activities. Members have enjoyed hosting many groups from other countries and shared special experiences of Outward Exchanges with friends from our own or other New Zealand clubs.

Our elected committee work with Friendship Force International in Atlanta in the organisation and management of exchange programmes. We are proud of our record of quality journeys. The focus is on "FACES not PLACES", sharing our lifestyle, culture and our beautiful city with our new friends. Inward journeys are a whole club affair, with a week long programme being organised for our overseas guests. The programme is varied to meet incoming clubs' needs and expectations, and will usually include:

  • Welcome. This may include a school visit with a Kapa Haka (Maori) Group. One of the city mayors may be present.
  • A city bus tour by bus or car, with our own very informative tour guide.
  • A visit to Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand.
  • An inner city walk with our own guide, and opional visit to Parliament.
  • Riding the Cable Car and walking through the Botanic Gardens.
  • Other options may include art galleries, Wellington museum, Zealandia, Matiu-Soames Island, Weta workshop and Lord of the Rings sites. (Wellington IS Middle Earth!).
  • Free time with hosts. Hosts will try and take Ambassadors to places of particular interest to them.
  • Farewell dinner with music from our own club band.

Our club has a social committee, which organises functions such as pot-luck dinners, picnics and coffee mornings between journeys. This helps promote a strong base of friendship within the club. On 17th February 2015 our club celebrated our 30th anniversary, attended by a representative from Atlanta, Field Representatives, past and current members. The excellent meal was followed by dancing to a very lively band comprising club members. Our links with Atlanta and attendance at National and International conferences ensure that we are up to date with changes taking place in FF International, to promote active, growing and healthy clubs.

So, if you would like a week of great Kiwi culture and friendship, come down under and visit Wellington as part of a FF journey. We will meet you on arrival whether it be by plane, bus, boat or train.

For further information: Contact 

For more information about the Wellington region, click on “About Wellington” under the menu section on the left of the page.

Updated  May 2019