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The Alliance Française

The Alliance Française is a worldwide, non-profit network of associations dedicated to the promotion of French language and culture. The first Alliance Française was founded in Paris in 1883 and it has been active in New Zealand for 117 years.

There are now nearly 1,000 Alliance Française organisations worldwide including 10 in New Zealand, which all offer social as well as cultural activities with 7 of them (in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Nelson, Palmerston North and Wellington) also providing French language classes.

The Alliance Française maintains strong ties and implements quality cooperation with cultural and educational local institutions. They work closely with the Cultural Service of the French Embassy to schedule linguistic and artistic programming. 


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Local Alliance Française Contacts

9A Kirk Street, Grey Lynn
PO Box 78329, Auckland
Ph: (09) 376 0009
Main centre in Grey Lynn with branches in Takapuna (Lake House Art Centre) and Howick (Highland Park Community House).


Auckland – North Shore
Ph: (09) 410 66 82

Social activities only. 

913 Colombo Street
Ph: (03) 365 8370


15 Bond Street
PO Box 334, Dunedin
Ph: (03) 487 9776


PO Box 4079, Hamilton 3216
Ph: 027 392 6256

Nelson – Tasman Bays

PO Box 690
Nelson, 7040
Ph: 027 381 9791

Palmerston North
Square Edge,
First Floor, 47 The Square
PO Box 1071 Central
Palmerston North 4440
Ph: 06 560 0749


Ph: (03) 686 2196

Social activities only. 

78 Victoria Street
Level 3, Old Dominion Building
PO Box 11141, Manners Central
Wellington CBD
Ph: (04) 472 12 72


PO Box 412, Whangarei 0140
Ph: (09) 432 93 00

Social activities only. 

Rarotonga (Cook Islands)

P.O.Box 132 – Rarotonga – Cook Islands