The Danish Society organises and facilitates a variety of activities
for members of all ages and interests.

On these pages you can read about some of the frequent activities spanning from parties to folk dancing, movie nights and Valhalla working bees.

Read more on the subpages, see who to contact if you have questions and come along to whatever activity fancies you.

Check out the calendar for upcoming activities and events or read the latest news.


Open House

The Danish House is open from 12 – 3pm on the first Sunday every 2nd month. Please see calendar for the next Open House.

This is an opportunity for members and guests to get together for a chat and catch up with friends.

Come and have lunch with us. The Club will provide the basics, i.e. bread and butter and various condiments, but the general idea is that you bring your favourite topping to share with us. A small fee is payable; less for those that bring a contribution.

If you are interested in coming together with Danes and friends, feel free to come along with the family.

Film Evenings

Third Friday of the month. The doors open at 7pm, and the movie starts at 7:30pm.

Valhalla Working Bees

All Valhalla users must commit to at least one working bee. Email, if you’re interested in helping at the next working bee. On the Valhalla calendar, you’ll see the date for the working bees throughout the year.

Penrose Working Bees

From time to time, the Danish House in Penrose needs a bit of TLC.
Come and join us! The more, the merrier!
Have a look in the Events Calendar for the next Penrose working bee.
Otherwise email, to register your interest.

Folk Dancing

The Society has a wonderful Folk Dancing troupe that performs at many of the club events and share their skills with dancers of other countries.

Come along and enjoy the energy of the night and learn dancing of centuries past with full costume.

Once a year we host the “Winter Warmup” folk dance exhibition, attended by many national dancers from around the region.

Contact: Finn Nielsen (09) 625-5533

The Folk Dancing group started in the mid-1950s, when a dozen or so young people met at the home of Borge and Ruth Kirk. The interest has more or less continued to the present day, thanks to different families who took leadership over the years.


Danish Lutheran Church of New Zealand

Contact information:

Pastor Anja Grønne Mathiassen
18 Greenhill Ave
Wakari, Dunedin 9010
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 464 0218

Card Players

A convivial get together takes place on the first and third Wednesday each month to play cards and socialise. The group meets at 11am and after some light lunch and refreshments, winds up at 1pm.


Throughout the year, we have the following activities:

  • Fastelavn
  • Skt Hans
  • Bingo
  • Scandinavian Christmas Market
  • Lunch for the young over 60
  • Concerts
  • Smørrebrød Dinner Parties
  • Children’s Christmas Party
  • Beer tastings
  • Football on the big screen (if it’s a big one for the Danish national team)
  • Danish Church Services

Danish Lessons

One of our members runs private Danish language lessons at beginner and intermediate levels.

If you are interested in learning Danish, then this is for you.

Contact by email

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