For all in New Zealand and visitors, who are Welsh, or have Welsh connections, or maybe just interested, and want to find out more!

About this website

This gateway is maintained by the Welsh Society of Wellington.  Our society has membership throughout the wider lower North Island region, including Manawatu, Wairarapa and Horowhenua.

Contact us by email:

Have a read of our Newsletter #3 June 2019

There are numerous other Societies, local groups, and organisations with Welsh connections throughout New Zealand. Here are some of them. Click on the underlined links to go to that organisation’s website.  If you know of others, and wish to be listed (and linked) here, let us know: Welsh Society of Wellington – Auckland Welsh Club – Auckland Welsh Choir – Auckland Welsh Society – Cambrian Society of Canterbury – Dunedin Welsh circle – New Plymouth Welsh – Rotorua Welsh – Welsh Kiwis of Blenheim – Welsh Kiwis of Nelson – Wales-New Zealand Family History Society

The Welsh Gymanfa Ganu Association of NZ Inc. (WGGANZ) organises a Cymanfa Ganu (Community Hymn singing) in a different city every 2 years. In 2016 it was in Wellington.  The next Cymanfa Ganu was in New Plymouth in 2018. In future we expect it to be in Rotorua in 2020 and then Auckland.

When in Wellington, visit the Welsh Dragon Bar in the middle of the road, Cambridge Terrace, at the end of Courtenay Place.  The bar offers a wonderful variety of Welsh fare, live entertainment, quiz night, a TV showing Welsh rugby matches (when available), and a convivial atmosphere.  All washed down with some wonderful Welsh (Brains) and NZ beers, cider, wine, spirits including Welsh whisky, and soft drinks.

Also, The Cwtch in Featherston, which is over the hill in the Wairarapa.  Look for it near the Railway Crossing in the centre of town.  Again, a selection of food and drink is available. (NB.  As at July 2019 they are waiting on a council permit to begin offering a full menu.)

Cwmglyn Farmhouse & Middleton Model Railway is located just off State Highway 2 about 75 Km north of Wellington between Masterton and Eketahuna.  Here you will find Biddy’s award-winning cheeses, and one of the largest model railway layouts in New Zealand.

Interesting reading

Welsh Pioneers in New Zealand

About Wales

Click the link above if you want to find out a little about the “Land of Song”, or perhaps you are thinking of visiting?  Topics covered include:

    • Visit Wales
    • Map
    • Language
    • Food
    • Music
    • Sport
    • Costume
    • Patron Saint