The New Zealand American Association of San Francisco (NZAASF)

Kia ora and welcome to SF Kiwis!

NZAASF provides a social and networking forum for Kiwis and their American friends in the Bay Area.
At the same time, we work to promote NZ - the people, the culture, the food and wine,
the sport, the place (and the hobbits!)

Our mission is to promote and foster good relations between New Zealand and the US through a
variety of social and cultural events held in the Bay Area.
We are all ambassadors!

Become a Member by going to the Membership page, then log in for even more fun!



News and upcoming events

Kiwi Campout

Mendocino Coast – 2022

Our annual Coastal Kiwi Campout will take you to a relaxed, refreshingly wild Pacific Ocean experience in the beautiful Mendocino area - yes - you can pitch your tent and then pitch in!

After you arrive and set up on Saturday we will share an afternoon of Meet & Greet Wine & Cheese tasting, followed by a dinner of NZ made pies. On Sunday we are treating you to a NZ Lamb extravaganza - graciously donated by our friends at Atkins Ranch. You’ll be offered Lamb Loin Chops, Lamburgers, and delectable Roast Lamb.

In true Kiwi style we'll all be chipping in and each bringing a New Zealand dessert to share. You’ll also be asked to help with some specific tasks by the person heading up each night’s meal – but more about that later.

Entertainment from a local band is being very kindly donated by Gower Smith on Saturday evening, and we are open to fun suggestions for other activities.               Hint: Bring your Karaoke voice!  

During the days, there are loads of outdoor options for you – hiking, kayaking, fishing, walking to the private beach or relaxing at the campsite. You can bring your own kayak and fishing gear, or guests might rent them for the day from a local outdoor store.

There will be a per Camper cost of $85.00 per person to cover the practicalities such as Porta Potties and Wash Station rentals, and of course the yummy food options mentioned above. And we also provide bacon, eggs, croissants, smoked salmon and so on for ‘on-your-own breakfasts and lunches’.

Tickets for this 21-and-over event will first be made available to SFKiwis members, so be sure to sign up/renew, as a full paid member, as they will likely sell out fast as we return to the great outdoors. Given the limited paddock size and the need to ensure the steer and alpacas on the property have plenty of roaming territory, the event will be capped at 45 guests.

Get tickets here

Disclaimer

 

Guests are expected to bring their own drinking water/additional drinks/food, their favorite camping set up, and to help pitch in with side-dishes/desserts to go with the Kiwi lamb and pies in the evenings.

In the spirit of leave-no-trace camping, guests will be expected to help take all of the trash out from the beautiful property. We need a racoon proofing every night and various other fun camping things.

 

Guests will be asked to sign a liability waiver at the site, given the risks associated with camping on a working farm, and there being exposed cliffs. As part of the ticket purchase process, guests will be indicating that they realize the risks involved in camping on a wild west coast beach at the water’s edge near the tall and beautiful cliffs.



SF KIWIS HOLIDAY PARTY


Thanks to everyone who made it to our excellent shindig at the Anchor Steam Brewery!

Photos will be posted on our Facebook page soon!

Happy Holidays from all of us at SF Kiwis

Wicked Kiwi Campout photos!

Our first ever Kiwi Campout was a great success!

Thanks to Robin and Gower Smith for hosting, and SF Kiwis board members Sam, Lesley and Jim for doing the organizing, and thanks to the Happy Campers!

Many thanks to Atkins Ranch for lamb donations - see photos!

We're pretty sure we'll do it again sometime soon

Click on either link for some photos!

SF Kiwis Facebook page photo album 1


SF Kiwis Facebook page photo album 2

Important Info from the NZ consulate

If you're a Kiwi living overseas, please make sure you've registered with SafeTravel so that you can continue to receive our updates.

Latest Safetravel notice:

The New Zealand Government and Air New Zealand have agreed to manage flights into New Zealand in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely put New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility.

We understand Air New Zealand had put a temporary hold on new bookings in the short term and will look at align daily arrivals with capacity available at managed isolation facilities.

We understand New Zealanders who have already booked flights with Air New Zealand will still be able to enter New Zealand subject to availability of quarantine space.

Please contact Air New Zealand regarding the status of your specific booking(s).

For further advice for New Zealanders overseas, please see our information on SafeTravel.

The Government is committed to helping New Zealanders overseas where we can. This is an increasingly difficult situation and we understand the uncertainty many travellers are facing. We know that for many New Zealanders, you may be facing difficult choices about staying where you are or looking at options for returning home. We also recognise that not all New Zealanders who want to return home are able to do so. New Zealanders who cannot return home for the time being should continue to take steps to stay safely where they are. Our main concern is that you are safe, whatever decision you make.

If you require emergency consular assistance, please contact the New Zealand Embassy in Washington DC on +1 202 328 4800 or the New Zealand Consulate-General in Los Angeles on +1 310 566 6555


Waitangi Day Dinner 2020

A great evening was had by all, photos on Facebook at this link

Thanks to our special guest speaker, Kim Chambers, record-breaking athlete,
feminist and dreamer.



2019 Annual SF Kiwis Holiday Party, Picnic, & Waitangi Day Dinner


Find photos from these 3 fun events over on our Facebook page

Take a look, and like us while you're there!

A big THANK YOU to everybody who attended or assisted with any of our recent events
with special thanks to all our supporters who donated items, services, or time.

Also, remember that we can't do this alone. If you can volunteer any skills you have, even if it's just being another pair of hands, we need to hear from you!

Please email us at info@sfkiwis.com if you can help in any way.

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