Event Programme

Bear New Zealand Week is back!! Our 11th edition will be January 21-27, 2020 over the Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

We have our old favourites and some new ones too, including more day activities and our first ever cruise! We want to say thanks to our major sponsor Ending HIV for their continuing support of Bear NZ Week,, we truly appreciate it.


Tuesday – 21st Jan

Bear Drag Race – Sponsored by K Road Business Association
Time: 5pm
Location: Coco’s Cantina, 376 Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD
Price: Free

Bear Week 2020 leaps out of the starting gate with the most fun and unforgettable event of the week- the infamous Bear Drag Race down K’ Rd. Find your team, build your outfit, and sashay your way to fame and fortune! The event starts around 6pm, with the race around 7pm just in time for Urge Bear Divas.

Urge Bear Divas
Time: 7pm
Location: Caluzzi, 461 Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD
Price: $65 (Ticketed Event)

The most talked-about night of Bear NZ Week is back! Enjoy a sumptuous meal as a fresh crop of jaw-dropping Bear Divas take to the floor of the fabulous Caluzzi Cabaret. This event always sells out – and leaves everyone speechless!


Wednesday – 22nd Jan

Underbear Party
Time: 9pm
Location: Dog’s Bollix, 2 Newton Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Price: $20 (Ticketed Event)

The most infamous Urge party is back and promising to be as naughty as ever, with the famous cuddle room making a cumback.
Our midweek party tends to be a sell-out, so we encourage people to get their tickets as soon as possible. DJ announcements soon.
Dress code is strictly underwear. For men and those who identify as male.


Thursday – 23 Jan

Tiritiri Matangi Island Bird Sanctuary
Time: 9am
Location: Pier 4, 139 Quay St , Auckland CBD
Price: $78 (Purchased from Fullers Ferries)
Tickets: Fullers Ferries (Purchase on the day or in advance)

Tiritiri Matangi Island is a stunning wildlife sanctuary for New Zealand’s native birds, and an important conservation project. Beyond native wildlife, the island is home to a 150-year-old lighthouse, a network of trail walks through lush coastal forest, plus pristine beaches and spectacular views.
Bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch, as there are no food outlets on the island.
Good walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat.
Swimming gear and a towel if you want to swim.
A light rain jacket, and warm layers. Temperatures can change quickly, regardless of the season.
Your lunch must be packed in a rodent-proof/ sealed container e.g. hard plastic. No open bags or boxes will be allowed on-board. Everything you bring must be sealed or zipped closed.

More Information: https://www.fullers.co.nz/destinations/tiritiri-matangi-island/

Funny, Furry, Fierce Comedy Show
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Classic Comedy Club, 321 Queen St, Auckland CBD
Price: $25 (Ticketed Event)

Our very own Neil Thornton has put together another riotous lineup of comedians. Something something comedy something something sausage!


Friday – 24th Jan

Mr Bear New Zealand
Time: 9pm
Location: Dog’s Bollix, 2 Newton Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Price: Free

Who will follow Matt and become the new Mr Bear New Zealand?
We are looking for candidates to come forward to take part in this charity night. The winner will go-ahead to represent New Zealand in the Mr Australasia Bear competition in Melbourne in June. If you are interested then contact us on our Facebook group.


Saturday – 25th Jan

Bush Walk to Kitekite Falls
Time: 10am
Location: Cnr Valley & Dominion Roads, Mount Eden, Auckland
Price: Free

Take a day trip out to Auckland’s West Coast with Bears in the Bush. Take a leisurely walk on the trails at Piha and visit Kitekite falls. Bring a picnic lunch before heading back to Town for the evening!
Meet at Countdown Mt Eden (Cnr Valley & Dominion Roads, Mount Eden) for a 10am departure together to the start of the walk, approx 1 hour drive west of Auckland CBD.
Trainers are fine. Bring a packed lunch, water, and a light rain jacket.
Watch the Facebook event to co-ordinate transport.

Hairy Beary Onesie Harbour Cruise
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Z Pier, Westhaven Marina, 92 Westhaven Dr, St Marys Bay, Auckland
Price: $40 (Ticketed Event)

Hey big boys and friends, slip into your best onesies and come on-board the big red boat, for our evening harbour cruise party and floating BBQ
Kiwi hospitality in abundance on the stunning Hauraki Gulf; breathe in that fresh air. You might even spot a Dolphin or a Whale. You will certainly see the island volcanoes and the stunning coastline and the panorama of city lights.
Licensed bar (cash and cards), coffee and tea, laid back DJ tunes, great food. Mix and mingle with other friendly bear boys.

Garage Project Beer Tasting
Time: 7pm
Location: Garage Project, 357 New North Rd, Kingsland
Price: Free

If the boat cruise isn’t for you, head over to our mates at world famous Garage Project Kingsland Cellar Door (357 New North Road Kingsland, Auckland), and sample some beers and natural wines. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to guide you through the extensive Garage Project range in either a complimentary tasting or you can enjoy a tasting tray of 6 different types of Garage Project beers, or 5 natural wines. They have a simple but well-crafted selection of food to match the beer and natural wines. They offer heaps of take away options as well, so you can continue enjoying their handcrafted delicious alcoholic beverages. Try Something New!


Sunday – 26th Jan

Tri-Nations Dance Party
Time: 9pm
Location: Phoenix, 258 Karangahape Rd, Newton, Auckland
Price: $35 (Ticketed Event)

The big final night! Tri-Nations has been bringing DJ talent from around the world to Auckland to celebrate the end of Bear New Zealand Week.
DJs announcements will be soon, but we can guarantee a great night with your new and old friends.


Monday – 27th Jan

Eat It And Beat It (Closing get-together)
Time: 1pm
Location: Will Be Emailed to Guests
Price: $10 (Ticketed Event)

Bear New Zealand’s traditional closing BBQ, a chance to wind down and experience some genuine Kiwi hospitality. Food is provided, please BYO beverages of choice. Let us know if you have any dietary requirements. Since this is held at a private residence, the address will be in your run pack if you’ve bought a ticket.
As this is a catered event, you must have a ticket to attend.

Wet Fur
Time: 5pm
Location: Centurian Sauna, 18 Beresford Square, Auckland CBD
Price: $16 (Payable on Arrival – Must Present Your Bear NZ Week Pass)

Spa, sauna, and a DJ; what better way to kill an afternoon in your towel? Did someone say cock? There will also be cock.