Founded in 1908 by Sir Harold Beauchamp, father of author Katherine Mansfield, Alliance Française Wellington is a non-profit French language and cultural centre.



Alliance Francaise Wellington works to promote French Culture, in the wide sense of Francophony. Our aim is to develop the teaching and learning of French, and encourage communication between Francophones, Francophiles and all New Zealanders through a modern cultural and educational programme.


Founded in 1908, the Alliance Française Wellington belongs to a network of 850 Alliances Françaises in the world, the world's largest network of French language schools and cultural centres. We are located on the 3rd floor of the historical Dominion Building, right in the heart of Wellington CBD. Through its cultural programme and the quality of its teaching Alliance Francaise Wellington aims to be a vibrant cultural force for people of all ages and backgrounds.


We have been offering the highest-quality French instruction for over 100 years. With over 800 students, we are the largest language school in New Zealand dedicated to the instruction of French.


Instructors: Native French speakers, fully qualified to teach French as a foreign language (FLE).


Method: Developing communication skills through total immersion in French and by incorporating the use of video, audio, and printed materials, carefully selected to best fit students' needs.


Courses: A wide variety of courses at all levels and interests for adults, teenagers, children and toddlers are scheduled at various convenient times. Classes have a maximum of 12 students to ensure a personalised, student-centred experience.


Prices: Our prices are the best we can offer, considering that we are a registered non-profit organisation.


State-of-the-Art Technology: All of our classrooms are equipped with projectors for multimedia presentations and interactive whiteboards. Adult courses use the Alter Ego + text books which come with interactive CD-Roms.

  • We teach French to students of all ages and levels.

  • We offer corporate classes and specialty courses.

  • We organise holiday programmes for children..

  • Our teaching conforms to the guidelines of the Common European Framework of References for languages.

  • We are a centre of examination for the internationally recognized DELF-DALF diplomas in New-Zealand.




Our multimedia library offers a growing collection of material (books, magazines, DVDs, CDs). The catalogue is available online for our students and members. We also run three book clubs that meet monthly to discuss the latest must-read books from France.


We offer a range of cultural events including concerts, exhibitions, special movie screenings, guest speakers and poetry. In cooperation with organisations like the French Embassy in New Zealand and several other sponsors, we offer a variety of community events including the annual Alliance Française French Film Festival. We also run special events available to members and non-members revolving around traditions such as Bastille Day, the Fête de la Musique and Beaujolais Nouveau.