friendship force

New Zealand


  • Official club name: The Friendship Force of Nelson
  • Closest international airports: Auckland International Airport; Wellington International Airport, Christchurch International Airport
  • Closest regional airport: Nelson Airport
  • Cost of transportation between the airport and our city: None, we meet Ambassadors at Nelson Airport. 
  • The maximum number of Ambassadors our club can host: 16-20 

About the club

The club was chartered in 1985 and currently has approximately 55 members, generally aged 60 to 80+ years.  Members are from all walks of life and varied occupations.  We have monthly club meetings, a tea meeting on the third Sunday of the month but a lunchtime one in the three winter months.  We often welcome two or three inward groups each year and have one outward Friendship Force Journey.

About the region

Nelson is a small city of 40,000 but with Richmond/Tasman area as well is more like 80-90,00 residents.  Horticulture, fishing and forestry are the main industries.  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 and is home to the World of Wearable Art Museum and classic cars.  It has one of the highest annual sunshine hour totals for New Zealand; the climate is moderate with temperatures ranging from frosty (-6°C) in winter to mid to high twenties in summer.

About our Programme

We prefer exchanges to come in September-November or February-April.  Hosts meet and greet their Ambassadors at the airport, or bus depot.  The club offers Ambassadors welcome and farewell functions and usually our Patron, the Mayor, attends the welcome.  Our Host Coordinator arranges 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, World of Wearable Art Museum, Founders village, a horticultural tour, Motueka or a Golden Bay trip by boat or car and a walk in the famous Abel Tasman National Park.  We believe it is important to have a few days without organised activities so there is time for Ambassadors to bond with their hosts.  If the Ambassadors request or are offered a special activity not covered by the Journey committee, it is sometimes arranged in advance between the Host and Ambassador Coordinators at an extra cost to the ambassadors, e.g., a cruise in Abel Tasman National Park.

Updated 16 February 2017


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