Full immersion in the French Language for a whole weekend at Quarantine Island in Dunedin

Friday 2nd February – Sunday 4th February 2017
Leaving Portobello: Friday 2nd Feb, 5.30pm and 6pm

Returning Portobello: Sunday 4th Feb, 11am

The best way to learn a language is to go to a French speaking country and be fully immersed in the language, so Quarantine Island is becoming French for a weekend! Come experience a bit of French culture and enjoy a weekend away in a friendly, supportive and totally French speaking environment.

Pricing includes chartered boat to and from the Island, dormitory style accommodation (please bring your own sleeping bag and linen), food and activities.
BYO Beverages and picnic lunch.

Adult $100
Child (5-18) $50
Child (under 5yrs) $30
Family (1 adult & 3 children or 2 Adults & 2 Children) $220

Please complete the Immersion Weekend Application Formand email to book your place – be in quick as spaces are limited. (First come first serve)



Join us for our annual Open Day from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 27 January 2018 at 15 Bond Street! There will be balloons and colouring in for the children, coffee for the adults, and croissants for all. This day is there for all to come meet us, see what we do, meet the teachers, sign-up for classes, become a member or to renew memberships.

For existing members it marks a new year, and time to renew your membership for 2018 (even better if before). All details of fees, bank account details and membership benefits can be found here: We will send you an invoice-reminder via email as well :-).

Details of January events are on FB Events and we are also on Twitter. Classes will resume in February.


Venez nous rendre visite lors de la journée portes ouvertes qui aura lieu dans nos locaux, a 15 Bond street, le samedi 27 janvier entre 10 et 13h. Il y aura des ballons pour les enfants, du café pour les adultes et des croissants pour tous! Venez rencontrer nos enseignants, découvrir nos activités, nos cours, et si vous le souhaitez, devenez membres.

Pour nos membres actuels, nous encourageons des à présent le renouvellement de votre inscription pour l’année 2018 et au plus tard pour cette date. Les modalités de paiement et avantages peuvent être trouvés ici: .

Nous sommes aussi sur Facebook et Twitter (@afdunedin). Les cours reprendront en février.

Kings Cake night – Galette des Rois

La galette des rois et sa couronneCome and start the new year at AF Dunedin with a delicious Galette (Kings’ cake) and you may become the King or Queen for the night. Come and discover this tradition with us at 15 Bond street from 6pm on Thursday 18th.
Let us know that you’re coming (through the FB event / or email us) so we make sure we have enough Galettes!
3$ members, 5$ non-members, $1 kids

French King’s cake tradition (from Wikipedia):

The cake traditionally celebrating Epiphany in France, Belgium and Quebec is sold in most bakeries during the month of January.

Three versions of cake are used, either circular or rectangular. They can be made from flaky puff pastry layers with a dense center of frangipane or apple,  a form of sweetcrust pastry, or a torus-shaped brioche with candied fruits and sugar, similar in its shape and colors to a crown.

The cake was traditionally divided into as many shares (slices) as there were guests, plus one. The latter, called “the share of God,” “share of the Virgin Mary,” or “share of the poor” was intended for the first poor person to arrive at the home. feve

Hidden in the cake is la fève. It is traditional for the youngest person to sit under the table and call out each name of the person attending (helped by the person in charge of the service), to make sure each share of the cake is distributed randomly, until  la fève is found!

The person who finds the trinket in his or her slice becomes king for the day and will have to offer the next cake (and gets to wear the crown).


Venez entamer l’année 2017 en dégustant une délicieuse galette des rois et devenez peut-être le roi ou la reine de la soirée! Découvrez cette tradition, si vous ne la connaissez pas encore, dans nos locaux 15 Bond street à partir de 18h, jeudi 18 janvier.

3$ membres AF, 5$ non-membres, $1 enfants

Enjoy a preview of the 2018 AF French Film Festival!

The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is coming back to Dunedin! 

The Festival Team has released the 2018 trailer that will give you a taste of what’s in store for this year’s Festival!

The Festival will be in Dunedin (Rialto Cinema) from 22 March to 4 April, and in Arrowtown (Dorothy Browns) from 5 April to 15 April.

Stay tuned: the full programme will be launched on the 8th of February.

For more information, visit the website:


New Caledonia AF French Immersion Trip

There are still a few places available for the French immersion trip organised by the Alliance Française Wellington, so get in quickly and make your booking today!

From 19 to 26 May 2018, experience ‘France in the Pacific’ and join the Alliance Française for a fantastic immersion trip to Noumea, the diverse and vibrant capital of New Caledonia!

Our French immersion trip will allow you to immerse yourself in the French language and culture amongst a beautiful, natural backdrop of palms, beaches, reefs and mountains without the time and cost of travelling all the way to France!


Discover the local culture by staying with a Caledonian family in central Nouméa!

Enjoy French language classes & catered lunches at the CREIPAC language school in a relaxed island atmosphere!

Explore natural wonders, cultural sites & discover all the local traditions New Caledonia has to offer through guided day trips and a special workshop!

Dates: From Saturday 19 May to Saturday 26 May 2018.

Cost: $3,090 pp. Please note that a non-refundable deposit of $275 per person will be required to secure your reservation by Monday 15 January 2018, plus any possible surcharge for travel insurance.

7 Night Package Includes: Return economy flight from Wellington to Nouméa, insurance, daily French classes (15 hours in total), hotel & homestay accommodation, meals, day trips, guided tours and activities, local transport & airport transfers.

Click here for more information


Last Soirée Crêpes of the Year

Thursday 14th December, 6pm,  Alliance Francaise Dunedin, 15 Bond Street

Come enjoy the last Crêpes for 2017.
Venez profiter de la dernière Soirée Crêpes de 2017.

Members $3 / General Public $5/ Children: 1$