New Zealand is one of the places in the world that have a significant Irish population. Thanks to its strong economy, stable job market, and gorgeous sceneries, many Irish people are inclined to call this nation their new home. However, despite of the things it can offer those who want to live and work there, New Zealand’s remote location can still make anyone feel lonely.
Fortunately, there are a number of Irish organisations and associations that organise regular sports events and get-togethers for the local Irish community. If you’re feeling lonely and homesick, it’s time to mingle and have some fun with your fellow Irish.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your visa, or if you need to renew your Irish passport, you can contact the Consulate General of Ireland ireland.co.nz. The Consulate General can also provide you with helpful guide to help you make the most of your stay in New Zealand.
Thanks to the vibrant Irish community in New Zealand, there are a number of Gaelic Athletic Associations or GAA and sport clubs that you can join. These GAAs frequently organise various sporting events in different parts of the country. Wherever in New Zealand you might be, you can surely find a GAA that you can help you have some fun and stay fit. Here’s a list of the GAAs and Irish sport clubs in New Zealand:
Gaelic Football and Hurling Association of Australasia: gaelicfootball.com.au
Auckland GAA: aucklandgaa.co.nz
Harps Gaelic Football Club: harpsgaa.com
Celtic Gaelic Football Club: celticgfc.com
St Pats GAA (Auckland): stpatsemeraldcity.co.nz
Marist Rangers GAA (Auckland): maristgaa.co.nz
Wellington GAA: wellingtongaa.com
Christchurch GAA: christchurchgaa.com
Bohemian Celtic (soccer in Auckland): bohemianceltic.com
Not much of a sports fan? Well, don’t be disheartened. There are also a number of social clubs established by Irish expats living in New Zealand that you can join. And if you’re craving for Irish cuisine or you simply want to surround yourself with things that remind you of home, you can also check out the directory of Irish bars.
Directory of Irish bars: ireland.co.nz/bars_pubs.asp
Auckland Irish Society: aucklandirish.co.nz
Christchurch Irish Society: christchurchirishsociety.co.nz
Wellington Irish Society: wellingtonirishsociety.com
Hutt Valley Irish Society: huttirish.org.nz
Hastings Hibernian Irish Club: hibernianclub.co.nz
Kapiti Coast Irish Society: kapiti-irish.org.nz