Rainbow groups and activities

Rainbow Sport  & weekend 2019.

Rainbow Sport & Culture Weekend

25-27 January 2019

An informal and friendly LGBTI social weekend of fun and competition ... tenpin bowling, swim meet, fun run, golf, same-sex dancing ... more info on the website and on facebook. The Programme is now on the website - it includes Badminton, Tenpin bowling, a DSW Swim meet, Frontrunners fun run, Rainbow golf and Same-sex dancing. Plus of course a Friday evening meet and greet, Dinner on Saturday and Brunch on Sunday. So there are lots of options to participate, volunteer or just go along and have fun!


Whakarongo: Pride, ILGA World and beyond

Sunday 27 January 1-4pm, Wellington Central City Library

Tīwhanawhana warmly invites takatāpui, LGBTIQ+ and rainbow identifying people from around the wider Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) region to gather for a community hui in the new year. It is inspired by the passionate discussion on Pride around the country, but it is part of a bigger conversation. This upcoming March, our city will be hosting visitors from around the world for the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) World Conference ... more on the facebook event page.

Rainbow Wellington.

Rainbow Wellington

Rainbow Wellington is an LGBTI+ organisation that focuses on networking, events and lobbying. Their website has information about past and present campaigns as well as directories of local LGBTI+ businesses, groups and activities.

The next event:

  • RW drinks Friday 25 January ... details to come
Yellow tour: LGBTI rainbow walk tour through Wellington.

LGBTI history walk tours

Yellow Tour Sunday 3 February and Sunday 17 March, 1pm - 2:30pm

This tour highlights historic and contemporary transgender and non-binary people and communities related to Wellington. Learn about Amy Bock, Aunty Dana's Op Shop, Bella Simpson, Carmen Rupe, Chrissy Witoko, Dana de Milo, Dr von Dannevill, Eugunia Falleni, Gender Minorities Aotearoa, Georgina Beyer, Shelley Te Waiariki Howard and Zena Campbell.

Starts: Outside Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba Street
Ends: Civic Square
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost / Bookings: free – no need to book. Just turn up, but please check the Facebook page for weather related cancellations.
Areas covered: Cuba Street, Marion Street, Victoria Street and Civic Square

More info on the facebook event page.

Walk Tours NZ is a volunteer group that offers free, accessible, inclusive and community-focused walking tours around Wellington highlighting the city’s rich LGBTI rainbow heritage.

OUTSpoken Toastmasters.

OUTSpoken Toastmasters

OUTSpoken is a Toastmasters club based in Wellington which focuses on developing leadership and communication skills among the wider rainbow community. Find more details on their facebook page

Next: 10 Febuary, 5-8pm @ S&Ms 176 Cuba St

prideNZ audio archive.

PrideNZ.com audio archive

Follow news of the latest audio files of interviews and events added to PrideNZ on their facebook page

The Events section on the Pride NZ webside has audio from many queer/rainbow events, conferences, campaigns from around the country - a treasure trove with more being added regularly.

Historical timeline

Check out the awesome historical timeline of GLBTTIQ events and people in New Zealand. Sample it by decade or settle in to read the big page with the full list.

LGBTQI Upper Hutt Meetup.

Hutt Valley Rainbows

A social group based in the Hutt Valley. They usually meet on the second weekend of the month. Find more details via facebook.



Brackets puts on queer performance events at BATS in Wellington - a monthly smorgasbord of queer entertainment - everything from plays to podcasts to poetry slams. If it's queer, they love it. More on facebook


The Glamaphones Choir

The Glamaphones are Wellington's gay, lesbian and transgender community-based choir. They are a friendly mixed choir and welcome anyone who wishes to sing. Visit their facebook page or website for more info.

School's out.

School's Out

School's Out provides a safe, inclusive, social and support space for Queer* and questioning youth in the Wellington region.
Visit their facebook page for more info.

Social sporty groups


Same sex dancing classes

Come and have fun and Dance on Sunday Nights!

The Sunday night DANSS classes are for Gay and Lesbian people and friends who wish to learn some classical Ballroom, some funky Latin American and some elegant New Vogue dance moves. A partner is not necessary however an attitude in wanting to learn and having fun is required.
Classes are held at the Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Streets.
Beginner's class start at 7.00 pm and the Intermediate classes start at 8.10 pm. Payment is by koha/donation.
Check the DANSS facebook page for more information.

Queer bars and venues

Current venues in Wellington:

Ivy Bar and Cabaret.

Ivy Bar and Cabaret

James Smiths Basement, 49 Cuba Street - www.ivybar.co.nz

S&M's - Scotty and Mals Cocktail and Lounge Bar.

S&M's - Scotty and Mal's Cocktail and Lounge Bar

176 Cuba Street - www.scottyandmals.co.nz.

facebook and other social media groups

and no doubt there are many many more ...

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