Bonsai clubs

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Bonsai clubs in New Zealand

Joining a Bonsai club is greatly recommended to start and progress in the Bonsai hobby. Besides workshops most Bonsai clubs organize tours, contests and exhibitions; a great way to learn as much as you please about growing Bonsai. Inside New Zealand about 20 Bonsai clubs and organizations were founded, most of them member of the New Zealand Bonsai Association (NZBA). Please contact us to submit missing/updated club information.

Bonsai clubs in New Zealand: Map and list

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North Island Bonsai clubs

Auckland Bonsai Society
President: Les Honeyfield
olly20 (at)
Meetings: 2nd Thursday of each month (except January), 7:30pm
Auckland Horticultural Council,
990 Great North Road,
Western Springs,

Bonsai Study Group
Contact: Bob Langholm ph 09 629 3662
bob-si (at)
41 Taumata Road,
Mt Albert,

Hamilton Bonsai Club
President: Sandra Quintal
webmaster (at)
For Winter (May to August) meetings at 2pm, 2nd Sunday of each month
For Summer (September to April except January) meetings at 7:30pm, 2nd Wednesday of each month
Glenview Community Centre, corner Tomin Road and Glenview Terrace,

Matamata Bonsai
Contact: Graeme Hancock ph 64-7-888 8140, fax 64-7-888 5938
c/- Kaimai Garden Centre
State Highway 27,

Bay of Plenty Bonsai Society
Contact: Sue Vercoe
jvercoe (at)
Meetings: Normally the last Sunday of the month.
Phone Sue for details. 64-7-572 4345

Eastern Bay of Plenty Bonsai Society
President: Colin Churchill ph 64-7-323 7560
Email Enquiry
Meetings: Flexible but usually the 1st Sunday of each month

Rotorua Bonsai Club
Contact: Jan Hansen ph 64-7 345 6339
bprutter (at)
Meetings: 2nd Sunday of each month, 2:00pm
St Chads Hall,
Fenton Street

Contact: Heather Deere ph 64-6-868 9519
tetia (at)

Hawkes Bay Bonsai Society
President: Neil McCorkell
Secretary: David Cooke ph 64-6-845 4888
decooke (at)
Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:30pm
Clive Community Church Hall,

Tararua Bonsai Society
Contatc: Dr Dawid de Villiers ph 64-6 3747143 0r 64-276490012
tararuaBonsai (at)

New Plymouth Bonsai Club Inc.
President: Glenys Jackson ph 64-6-753 9644
mrep (at)
Meetings: Last Sunday of each month, 2:00pm
The Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind,
131 Vivian Street,
New Plymouth

Wanganui Bonsai Buddies
President: Neil Gardner ph 64-6-327 7720
patkilmister (at)
Meetings: 2nd Saturday of each month, 10:00am
Workshop on 4th Saturday of each month, 10:00am
Held at members homes, contact the President for details.

Manawatu Bonsai
President: Greg Tuthill
manawatuBonsai (at)
Meetings: every third Tuesday, 7pm Community Leisure Centre,
569 Fergusson Street,
Palmerston North

Wellington Bonsai Club
President: Harry van Enckevort
Secretary: Brian McKeon
P.O. Box 30-621, Lower Hutt 5040
Meetings: 1st Sunday of each month (except January), 1:00pm
Hutt Valley Tramping Club rooms,
Birch Street Reserve,
Lower Hutt

South Island Bonsai clubs

Nelson Bonsai Club
President/Secretary: Nigel Sutton
nigel.sutton (at)
Meetings: 1st Monday of each month except Public Holidays, 7:30pm
Meetings held April to August, Stoke Hall, Stoke
September to March at Nikau Gardens,
411 Nayland Road,
All correspondence to: 11 Torlesse Street, Wakatu, Stoke, Nelson 7011

Blenheim Bonsai Kai
Contact: Dave Hunt ph 64-3-577 8679
Bonsaitech (at)
7 Hale Street,

Christchurch Bonsai Society
President: Wendy Gibb ph 64-3-981 8594
chchBonsai (at)
Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:30pm
Cotswold Preschool,
Colesbury Street,

Avon Bonsai Society
President: Wayne Gath
Secretary: Lyn Kennedy
dhlekennedy (at)
Meetings: 1st Wednesday of each month, 7:30pm
Isleworth School Hall,
Farrington Avenue,
Website: p://

South Canterbury Bonsai Society
President: Trevor Swaney, ph 64-3-684 5148
alysong (at)
Meetings: 1st Wednesday of each month (February to November), 7:30pm,
Arts Centre,
Gleniti Road,

Otago Bonsai Society
President: Brian Ellis ph 64-3-467 9629
gjletts (at)
Meetings: 1st Tuesday of each month, 7:30pm
Holy Cross Hall,
corner Ajax & Richardson Streets,
St Kilda,

Gore Bonsai Society
Donna Garrett as president 027 229 6449
Lisa Anderson as secretary 03 207 1856.
Email contact: beak.lisa(at)
Our meetings are the 3rd weekend of each month (February to November except June/July), 1:30pm.
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