Bear NZ 2019 dates!

Bear New Zealand 2019, our 10th edition, will be held February 5-10.

It will see the return of Comedy Night, Mr Bear, Tri-Nations and a special All Stars Bear Drag Night!

All the details soon – mark your diaries!

Website Updates

Hi Everyone,

We’re doing some updates to the website to make things a little easier to use.

Please be patient while we get everything set up again.


Thank you!

Bear New Zealand Week wraps up for another year.

Thanks to everyone who attended over the week. We hope you all had a fantastic time.

A big thank you to the following sponsors for giving generously to our cause. This year we had an enormous amount of support and therefore, prizes to give away to our Mr Bear contestants and Bear week participants at events.

Thanks to
• Mark from Auckland Physio.
• Gabriel from Centurian
• Dave Stoddard from Grey Lynn Tire Worx
• The Cartier Trust
• Martin from Auckland Gay B and B
• Calab from Vinnies
• Johnny from We Treat
• Neil and Stuart from Basement
• Verity and Lisa from Garnett Station
• Jody from Bearskin Underwear
• Nick and Nick from Caluzzi
• Harbour City Bears
• Brisbears
• Gaystay NZ
• Haka Hotels
• Gavin from lika ADVICE

Also, thanks to the following people for making the events happen

• Brian and Grant for hosting the opening BBQ
• Our Drag Divas, Caluzzi and the team, and Cocos Cantina, and drag Race hosts, Paul Heard and Maihi, for making Drag Wednesday so much fun
• Neil Thornton for organising the comedy night and helping with Mr Bear NZ, along with Papa Bear, Paul Heard and the bear wranglers, Gary, Grant, and Alan
• The Dogs Bollix for their continued support with venues
• Our Mr Bear Judges, Will, Morro, and Scott, and contestants, Jamie, Winner Gary, Shai, and Torrance
• Urge Events and DJs, Scott Anderson, Everett Wayne, and Donald Bennett, for an amazing Tri-Nations dance party
• Also thanks to Paul Ryan for organising the informal Friday out of towners BBQ.

Finally, a big thank you to our Bear Cabal for putting the events together and doing all the hard work behind the scenes to make everything come together, I’ve had lots of feedback from participants acknowledging all the work that goes into putting on these events.

See you next year

BNZW2018 – what a start!

Hi all

Well it’s been a crazy few days. Chilled out BBQ followed by the glory that is the Drag Race and Urge Bear Divas meal followed by the laugh riot of the Comedy Night.

If you’ve been to them all so far, congrats – you are over half way!

Tonight we have 4 hardy souls who will take part in Mr Bear New Zealand. Comp starts at 10pm but we are looking for anyone free to head to the Bollix from 715pm to appear in the background of a live piece to TV3’s The Project.

Then tomorrow night it’s the big one – Tri-Nations: The Underbear Edition