Interest Groups

All Interest Group members must be current financial members of Wellington City U3A

New Groups
Anyone interested in leading/forming a new group please contact

Click here to see the Special Interest Groups Timetable at a glance

Current Groups:

Antiques Group
This group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 10am mainly at KARORI ARTS & CRAFT CENTRE at 7 Beauchamp Street behind the Karori Library on Main Road Karori.

We share an interest in “Old Things”, often family heirlooms and each of us does this on a semi rotational basis. We often visit places such as Te Papa back of house collections and other places of interest.

You are welcome to join our group even if you wish to come along on a “one off” basis to check us out. You would be made very welcome.
Contact: Doug Helps, Group Convenor, 232 4881 or

Art History Group

In 2024, we will meet on alternate Thursdays from 10.00am to 12 noon, starting on 22 February, at the Wellington Quaker Meeting House, 7 Moncrieff Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington. Buses 2, 12e, 21 go along Elizabeth St.

Tea/coffee/conversation available from 10.00am prior to presentation which starts at 10.30am. This group is currently full, but you are very welcome to contact Vivienne to make an enquiry or to go onto our waiting list.
Contact: Vivienne Morrell email:

Book Group 1
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month on the Terrace at 10.30am. Membership of the group is limited to 10 and the group is currently full, however if you would like to go on a waiting list, please contact Jane on the details below.

Book Group 2 – Northern and Western Suburbs
We meet on the first Thursday of each month in one another’s homes. Each year books are chosen on a theme and then usually sourced through local libraries.
Please contact Colleen if you are interested in joining our group.
Contact: Colleen MCClymont, Email:

Book Group 3 – Eastern Suburbs
Meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2.00 pm in Oriental Bay. This group is currently full but please contact Diana Duff-Staniland if you wish to go on the waiting list or to start another group in the Eastern suburbs.
Contact: Diana Duff-Staniland, Email:

Book Group 4 – Northern Suburbs
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10.00am – 12 noon at members’ homes. Members are mainly from the Northern Suburbs. Format: The host for the next meeting chooses a topic for that meeting. Each member reads any book they like on that topic and reviews their book at the meeting for the other members. The group is currently at a comfortable number but if you’re interested in joining, we can put you on a waiting list.  Please get in touch with the convener.
Contact:  Email:


Canasta Card Group
This group will interest those who would like to have the fun and enjoyment of learning how to play Canasta. It is also for those who already play Canasta and would like to progress through to Samba and/or Bolivia. The group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at 1300 in the St Peter’s Church Garden Rooms, 211 Willis Street, which are behind the Church and can be accessed from Ghuznee St.

If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact:
027 381 3600

Contemporary Mysteries Book Group
The Contemporary Mysteries Book Group meets monthly on the second Monday of each month from 2.15pm until 4.15pm at the Quakers’ Friends’ house, 7 Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria. Interested U3A members are very welcome to contact Jan Schmidt for further information at: or cellphone 021 544 624.

Cryptic Crosswords
The Cryptic Crosswords Special Interest Group meets twice monthly, usually on the second and the last Friday of the month at 12pm following the U3A lecture, learning to unravel the various styles of cryptic crosswords by discussion.  U3A members are very welcome to join in, from beginners to experienced cruciverbalists. Please be in touch to learn more about our group.
Contact:  Lynda Young, Email:


Current Issues
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month – from 10.00 to 1200 in the Reflection Room at Malvina Major, 134 Burma Road. Tea, coffee and milk are available. The Current Issues Group is welcoming and enjoys discussing a wide range of current issues, both local and international.
Contact: Michael Hodgen 478 6303 or

Film Group – Weekend
Meets on the third Saturday of the month (daytime) at the Penthouse cinema with the film followed by a discussion at the café. New members welcome.
Please Contact: Marcia Isles if you wish to make enquiries or join this group.

Film Group – Tuesday
Catches a film on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, usually at Lighthouse Cuba or the Penthouse, with occasional visits to other local cinemas, including Petone Lighthouse. Times vary but aim at early afternoon after the Tues lecture and with opportunity for discussion after each film. Members are notified before each, and are free to attend as many or few films as they wish. This group is currently full, but if you wish to go on our waiting list, please email Suzanne and Keitha whose contact details are below.
Suzanne Blumhardt, Email: 
Keitha Booth, Email:

 Film Group – Wednesday

A new Midweek Film Group has begun, with a film on the second Wednesday of each month.  It will extend to a second film monthly as opportunity dictates.  Despite not all members being available for all times, films will vary through morning or early afternoon, mostly at Lighthouse Cuba, Penthouse or Lighthouse Petone. Since they occur however, on Senior Wednesdays, Lighthouse offers free coffees for Senior film goers throughout the day, while Penthouse limits theirs to the 10.30 am film, available from 9.30 with scone, jam and cream.

The Cinemas give only a week’s notice of films and times so group notification falls within that time. Each film is followed by group discussion and if necessary the group may be divided to facilitate hearing and participation. Separate from the Tuesday group, members may belong to both, though group familiarity and consequent ease of discussion must encourage at least occasional attendance at either. New members are welcome.
Contact: Aidan, Email:

German Conversation
This friendly group meets at 10.30 am on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in members’ homes. New members welcome.
Contact: Diana Barnes 479-2947 or


Handcrafts Group
This group is about enjoying the companionship, and sharing of the knowledge and inspiration of others, in accomplishing sewing or other handicraft projects. The group meets between 0930-1300 on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Bowling Club rooms of the Hataitai Community Centre (accessed by a few steps down from 157 Hataitai Rd).

Equipment required: Just whatever you need for working on your current project. An iron will be available on site.

All are welcome to join us, and for all or just some of the time, during the morning. If you are interested or would like to make further enquiries please contact: Diane Morgan, Email:


Health Group
For those interested in good health, wellbeing and good food and who wish to share health experiences navigating NZ’s health System and other issues from healthy recipes, vitamin benefits to any better health ideas that we can all learn from.

Meets monthly on the third Tuesday at Te Papa Museum 4th level Café from 12.30pm following the Tuesday U3A Lecture at The Embassy.

Contact: Doug Helps Group Convenor 04 2324881 or 027 406 1233 or email


Music Appreciation Group
We meet on alternate Thursdays from 10 am until 12 noon at St Ninians Church, Karori. All welcome and morning tea/coffee/biscuits provided. Each meeting a member presents music on a topic chosen by them. The music is mostly classical, but does not have to be. Doing a presentation is entirely voluntary, and it is not necessary to know lots about music, just to enjoy it.
You can access some recent Music Appreciation programmes here.
Meeting dates for the first half of 2024 are 8 & 22 February, 7 & 21 March, 4 April, 2, 16 & 30 May
and 13 & 27 June.
Contact: David Barker, Email:

Philosophy Group
We meet at the Quaker Centre, 7 Moncrieff Street (off Elizabeth Street), on the 1st and 3rd Mondays each month (excluding statutory holidays and a Christmas-New Year break) from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, with a coffee/tea break partway through. No prior formal study of philosophy is necessary – what’s desirable is an openness to new ideas. We’re a friendly, welcoming group who enjoy each others’ company. Presentations/discussions on philosophical topics are run by group members and qualified outsiders. We welcome enquiries about our group:
Contact: Mark MacCallum,

Shakespeare Studies
Meets on alternate Wednesdays at St Andrew’s Centre, 30 The Terrace from 10.30 am until 12 noon. Numbers are limited to 12, and there is a short waiting list, but please contact Roger if you are interested in joining this group.
Contact: Roger Chapman, Email:

Smart Phone Photography

Would you be interested in taking better pictures with your Smart Phone?
As a photographic enthusiast, Roger Urlwin has established a Smart Phone Photography Special Interest Group of 11 U3A members who meet weekly and also connect online. This is a great way to discover what else your phone can do, expand your skills and (re)discover your local indoor and outdoor environment. New members are welcome.
Contact: Roger Urlwin:


Te Reo Māori Beginners’ Group
The sessions are held on Tuesdays at 12.30, lasting about 90 minutes. The venue is the Quaker Rooms at 7 Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria which is within easy walking distance of the Embassy.

This group is currently on hold but if you are interested in joining the next group or have any questions, please contact Libby, the convenor:  Libby, Email:


Te Reo Conversation Group
This group is for those who have done the U3A Te Reo beginners’ course and/or have a basic understanding of Te Reo. Those who wish to maintain their skill base and continue learning in a conversation and practice group are very welcome to join us.

We meet weekly upstairs in the Embassy café at 9.30am on Tuesdays. Please contact Pauline if you would like to join the group or just to make enquiries about what we do.


Walking Group One
Meets at Wellington Central Railway Station (by the entrance to New World) 9:45 a.m every Monday morning.  All U3A members are welcome, no need to call – we’d welcome you for a social walk and talk and, of course, coffee at the end. We explore historic, natural and cultural places around the city.
Contact: David Cropp, Email:


Walking Group Two
A medium paced group, making the most of Wellington’s great coastal and bush tracks, and calling ourselves Five Senses to remind us to use more than just our legs!  We listen to the birds, smell the flowers, and learn to recognise the trees – finding that both exercise and relationships make the walk worth while!
Presently totalling some 40 members (of whom about half manage to walk regularly) our normal group of up to 15 are to be found on Monday mornings in city or regional parks, only the occasional wet day restricting us to streets. Taking
turns to plan and lead the 90 min to 2 hour walk, we look forward to the leader’s nominated cafe for coffee or lunch, regular walkers coming to value the social aspects of the group as much as the exercise.

For further information, contact: Aidan, Email:


Walking Group Three
Walking Group Three does a variety of Monday morning walks usually lasting 2 to 4 hours. Our members take it in turn to plan and lead these outings, notifying members of the detail in the week prior. We explore tracks, and sometimes streets, in and around Wellington – locations range from the south coast to Waikanae and from Eastbourne to Cannon’s Point. Our walks often end at a café for an optional coffee.

As our members are all reasonably fit a good degree of fitness is expected. Transport to the starting points is usually based around Gold Card times with carpooling when necessary.

Please contact Alistair Beckett if you wish to join us or to make an enquiry about our group: Alistair, Email:


New Groups
Anyone interested in leading/forming a new group please contact