Branches & Local Groups
National Centre in Auckland
Christchurch Vegetarian Centre
Keen to get to know other like-minded people in your area? Find the local group nearest you.
If there isn’t one and you’d like to form a group, let us know and we’ll help you.
Check our calendar to see what’s happening in your area.
National Vegetarian Centre
Come and visit us for information and see our range of books, badges, magnets and stickers for sale, or just to have a chat. We are at 10 Warborough Avenue, Epsom, Auckland. Normal opening hours are Monday to Friday 11:00 am until 3 pm.
Pot Lucks and Get-Togethers
Anyone interested in joining us for vegetarian get-togethers – e.g. pot luck dinners – or possible outings to restaurants, please contact Fiona for more information ph. 09 407 6077 Vegetarians, vegans and people interested in the vegetarian lifestyle are welcome.
Vegan Pot Luck dinners — Whangarei/ Waipu area
All vegans and vegetarians, or people interested in the vegetarian lifestyle, are welcome. For further information, email Cathy and Ian or phone 09 432 0714 or 027 630 4628.
Informal meet-ups of vegans and vegetarians
At Indulge Cafe, 99 Cameron St at 9.30am Saturday mornings. If you pop along to the cafe after visiting the Growers Market or shopping the chances are that you will find some vege folk there. The cafe provides a few vegan food items too.
North Shore Vegetarians/vegans
Julia is organising social get-togethers for vegetarian/vegans living on the North Shore in Auckland City. Would you like to receive notices of what’s happening? Plans include pot luck meals, ten pin bowling, walks, movies, and much more!! Email Julia for details!
Calling Veg Soc members living in East Auckland, West Auckland and South Auckland:
Tired of travelling across Auckland to meet other vegetarians/vegans? Would you like to meet up with other vegetarians/vegans living in your area? While it can be fun travelling to “new” areas of Auckland for events, it can also take up a lot of time … take up the challenge and organise something close to home – Let us know of an event you are happy to host and we’ll let other members know! Contact NZVS with details.
Vegetarian / Vegan Families Group
If you have young children and would like to get to know other vegetarian and vegan families, share helpful hints and have the support of other vegetarians and vegans, contact Stephanie or phone the Auckland office 09 523 4686 and come along and join us.
Vegetarian Families’ Group for over 5s meets periodically on a weekend or public holiday. We advertise on the Vegetarian Families chat group, or please call or email Bridget on 027 272 5287 or 521 8501. Although our activities are mainly organised in the interests of the school age child, younger children are welcome too.
Active for Animals! Youth Group – Wanna talk, cook, be, vegetarian?
Active for Animals, open to all 8 to 13 year olds who are vegetarian, vegan or want to be, meets on the last Tuesday of the month in the Trades Hall, Grey Lynn, Auckland (6.30pm to 8.30pm). The aim of the group is to create a fun, supportive environment, where veg kids can feel normal and meet like minded friends. Sessions include games, visits from outside speakers, cooking and of course eating. The cost is $7 per session, which includes all food (vegan, of course!). We also take in to account food intolerances and cater for them, whenever possible. To find out more and to download an enrolment form, visit our website visit our website, Active 4 Animals ; Email us at animalsactive.
Hey kids! If you’re not already coming along, why not join us this year and hang out with kids who are all vege? You could also bring along a wanna-be-vege friend, so they can get a taste of vege life with us. Ask your parents to enrol you.
Vegan Potluck Dinners - Central Auckland
Bring some food to share and your own cutlery and drink, plus $3 towards room hire.
Contact Romina Marinkovich or Jane Thompson for more information.
Ziggy is running a vegan pot luck dinner club on Waiheke Island every last Sunday of the month. Contact Ziggy for more details on the dinner club and also to network with other vegetarians and vegans in Waiheke Island.
Call Tristan on 027-2287588 if you’d like to have some veg-friendly company.
Vegan Pot Luck Dinners
For all vegetarians and vegans and those interested in learning about a vegetarian way of living. Bring a vegan main and dessert dish to share. No alcohol; all ages welcome. Contact Loretta on 07 825 8695 evenings or by e-mail for further information.
Contact Elaine if you would like to network with other vegetarians and vegans in Rotorua. Elaine is also available by phone: 07 3488994 or mobile 027 3222339
Interested in coming along to bi-monthly pot lucks? Get in touch with Geoff or Nicola on 06 868 0967 or email to the address below so you can find out more!
Monthly potlucks are held for Hawkes Bay vegetarians and vegans – a great opportunity to eat yummy food and meet other local vege people! Contact Donna on email or 027 588 7756 for more information.
Contact Eric if you’re looking for information or tips about living vegetarian and vegan in Napier.
For details of vegan potluck dinners and other upcoming social meetings, please email Vegetarian Palmerston North or phone Helen (06) 358-9470.
New Plymouth / Taranaki Vegetarians and Vegans
Friendly Get togethers and gatherings
For more details of the next pot luck lunch/dinner get together of this enthusiastic group of people, email Katrina.
Please email Eleanor or phone 06-377-4019 if you would like details of the next get together!
NZ Vegetarian Society, Wellington Branch, Monthly Social Meet Up
The NZVS Wellington Branch Committee organise and run a monthly timetable of events that has something for everyone across the region – potlucks, a summer outing, Christmas dinner, film nights, tramping, eating out, talks by speakers and much more besides. The venues for events rotate around different parts of Wellington and the Hutt valley. To be inclusive we ask that all the food at our events is vegan.
Everyone is welcome, with non NZVS members simply being asked to make a donation at events. To find out when the next event is and/or to be put on our mail list, contact: Lyndsay at firstname.lastname@example.org
To attend events membership to the NZVS is not obligatory, but members are really beneficial in keeping the NZVS and the Wellington branch going – so please join us. To find out more please go to: http://www.vegetarian.org.nz/content/become-a-member/
NZ Vegetarian Society, Wellington Branch, Fun Families Group
This group is open to vegetarian and vegan families. To be inclusive we ask that all the food at our meet-ups is vegan so everyone can get together, relax and enjoy themselves without any food concerns. We expect to meet up once a month for play, chat and food. Please contact Dee at Wellington Veg Families to find out more.
NZ Vegetarian Society, Wellington Branch, Social Singles Group
Our singles group meets on an ad-hoc basis with the aim of offering single vegetarians and vegans in the Wellington region a chance to meet and socialise together. To be inclusive we ask that all the food at our events is vegan. To find out when our next event is, contact: Lyndsay at email@example.com
Other Groups in Wellington Region offering information or services to Vegetarians/Vegans not affiliated to the NZVS
Wellington Vegans run ad-hoc events. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegans at Victoria University
Raw Food Potlucks: The Wellington Living Food Lovers facebook page. Almost all of the food at these potlucks is vegan or vegetarian.
Are you interested in meeting up with like minded people to get together, socialise and share a cruelty free meal? We will be having meet-ups that include dinners out, pot lucks and BBQs and even picnics when the weather is nice enough! Email the National Vegetarian Centre.
Under Fives Group for Pre Schoolers
A chance for the parents of preschoolers to make like-minded friends and get some support whilst their children play and eat! Usually in a member’s home, but cafes and parks are also an option. For more information, or if you wish to join, please email.
Vegetarian Families Group
Come along, have a play and some yummy morning tea, and catch up with or meet other vegetarians and vegans. Children of all ages and their caregivers welcome! Please bring a plate of vegan morning tea food for all to share (fruit goes down well if stuck for ideas!) Contact CVC.
Vegetarian Youth Group
The vegetarian youth group has two age groups, 10-13 and 14-18, which meet on alternate fortnights, and sometimes all together for a social gathering.
This group is for all children and teenagers who are vegetarian/vegan, would like to be, or are interested in finding out more about vegetarianism.
Please contact for more information.
Pot Luck Group
Held six or seven times a year, at the Avon Loop Cottage, a charming character cottage. We meet on Saturday nights at 6pm and start dinner at 6.30pm. All members of the community are welcome – at a recent gathering participants included a 3-year-old boy and a 92-year old lady! We ask people to bring $2 for venue hire and a dish of vegan food for all to share, as a large number of attendees are vegan. This is the best value meal in town, and a lot of fun! Contact CVC.
Raw Vegan Potluck
Wyenova Organic Farm, Broadfields/ Avon Loop Cottage, 28 Hurley Street. Supportive and fun meetings for people interested in or following a Raw Vegan lifestyle in Christchurch. Great chance to share recipe ideas; provide support for detox, and much more. To join our email list, contact Steve; also if you are keen to attend so he can update you on any last minute changes.
Vegan Dining Group
This group is open to anyone who enjoys vegan food, with the proviso that only vegan food is ordered when dining out with the group. The aim of the group is to enjoy great vegan food, to give restaurants an opportunity to learn how to cater well for vegan diners, and to provide opportunities for Christchurch vegans and vegetarians to socialise. The group meets for dinner every 4-6 weeks, in Christchurch restaurants, both veggie and non-veggie. To join, contact the CVC to be added to the Vegan Dining Group email list.
The Veggie Puffs
Vegetarian Dining Group is run under the auspices of the Christchurch Vegetarian Centre. Established in 2002, it is open to all members of the gay/lesbian/queer community who enjoy vegetarian and vegan food, with the proviso that only vegan/vegetarian food is ordered when dining out with the group. Most of our members are vegetarians or have a vegetarian partner or just really like vegetarian/vegan food! The group usually meets for dinner every 6-8 weeks. We meet for meals in Chch restaurants, both vege and non veggie. Meals are usually at a cheapish restaurant (under $20 for a main) and attendees will pay only for what they have ordered. To join, contact the CVC to be added to the Veggie Puffs email list.
Vegetarian Cooking Classes: Starting in March venue and dates to be finalized.
There will be a total of 3 classes with 3 dishes per class to be demonstrated. Limited numbers.
Invercargill Vegan Society members meet for monthly vegan potlucks. Free weekly vegan cooking classes, and regular street activism events. Join in on Facebook and check out the Invercargill Vegan Society website.