friendship force

New Zealand

Nelson

  • Official club name: The Friendship Force of Nelson
  • Closest international airports: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch 
  • Closest regional airport: Nelson 
  • Cost of transportation between the airport and our city: None, we meet visitors (Ambassadors) at Nelson Airport. 
  • The maximum number of Ambassadors our club can host: 10

About the club

The club was chartered in 1985 and currently has 27 members, generally aged 60 to 80+ years.  Members are from all walks of life and varied occupations. We have a social meeting every second month and meet more casually for coffee on the alternate month.  We often welcome one international and one national group per year, and have one outward journey a year.

About the region

Nelson is a small city of 52,500, but the wider combined Nelson/Richmond/Tasman area is approximately 90,000 residents.  Fishing, forestry and horticulture are the main industries, and the area is known for producing many fine wines and craft beers.  Beautiful mountains, beaches, lakes and three National Parks all lie within easy access.  It is known as the creative hub of New Zealand, with hundreds of working artists and artisans.  Nelson area has one of the highest annual sunshine hour totals for New Zealand; the climate is moderate, with temperatures ranging from frosty (-6 degrees) in winter, to mid to high twenties in summer.

About our Programme

We prefer groups to come to Nelson in September-November or February-April.  Hosts meet their visitors at the airport or bus depot.  The club offers welcome and farewell functions, and at least four days of organised outings within the week, to showcase our beautiful scenery; this may include a trip to our lakes, a city tour, including our colourful market, Classic Car Museum, Founders village, horticultural tour, or further afield in the Tasman area.   We believe it is important to have one or two days without organised activities so there is time for visitors to bond with their hosts.  If requested, optional, additional activities may be arranged in advance, between the host and inwards group co-ordinators, at extra cost to the visitors, for example, a half-day cruise to the Abel Tasman National Park.

Hosts meet their visitors at the airport or bus depot.  The club offers welcome and farewell functions, and at least four days of organised outings within the week, to showcase our beautiful scenery; this may include a trip to our lakes, a city tour, including our colourful market, World of Wearable Art Museum, Founders village, horticultural tour, or further afield in the Tasman area.   We believe it is important to have one or two days without organised activities so there is time for visitors to bond with their hosts.  If requested, optional, additional activities may be arranged in advance, between the host and inwards group co-ordinators, at extra cost to the visitors, for example, a half-day cruise to the Abel Tasman National Park.

Updated 18 March 2020

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