Rainbow groups and activities

LGBTI history walk tours

Violet tour: LGBTI rainbow walk tour through Wellington.

Yellow Tour Sunday 31 March, 1pm - 2:30pm

This is a 90-minute walk tour of inner city Wellington, starting from outside Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba St. Yhe walk is on the flat using accessible public footpaths.

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

More info and updates 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.

Wellington International Pride Parade 2019.

Wellington International Pride Parade 2019

Saturday 11 May from 3pm, Courtenay Place

The Parade has been rescheduled - and the time brought forward to mid afternoon.
Registrations have been reopened - groups that had not previously registered can now do so, and those who cannot now participate can withdraw.
See the facebook event page for all the details.

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. Join the facebook group for more information.

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

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 12 April at Fringe Bar, 26-32 Allen St
Research project: living with suicidality.

Research project: Perspectives from Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ people who have lived with suicidality

Irie, a Clnical Psychology doctoral student at Massey University Wellington, is seeking people to interview for his research. He is interested in interviewing adults with diverse gender identities and sexualities who have lived with suicidal thoughts, suicide behaviours and whakamomori. View the poster - pdf or jpg image for more information and contact details.

Glamaphones. < h2>The Glamaphones Choir

The Glamaphones are Wellington's all-inclusive rainbow choir based at St Andrews on the Terrace. They are a friendly mixed choir and welcome anyone who wishes to sing. Visit their facebook page or website for more info.



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

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

  • Breaking Boundaries an online forum that offers a safe place to chat for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer identifying individuals of all ages
  • Gay Wellington
  • Tīwhanawhana is a takatāpui community group in Wellington that welcomes people of all diverse sexualities and gender. The kaupapa of Tīwhanawhana is primarily for takatāpui: building community, telling our stories and leaving legacies.
  • UniQ Victoria - facebook groups for queer students
  • Lost Gay Wellington
  • Queer Network NZ Wellington Chapter
  • Fresh Fruits - a free MeetUp social group open to all members of the rainbow community. They have regular city walks and social events such as pot luck dinners, board game afternoons and beer tastings
  • Vinegar Hill Gay Camping for gay and lesbian people and their families over Christmas and the New Year holiday period

and no doubt there are many many more ...

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