What is the New Zealand fetish scene like? Does it even exist? You bet it does!
You may or may not (you kinkster!) be surprised to know that New Zealand has a very active and decidedly kinky fetish scene. On both the north and south island, people who are curious about the fetishism or BDSM can find local events to help them explore the New Zealand fetish scene.
While the New Zealand fetish scene may not be as in-your-face and obvious to find as perhaps in London or New York, with some patience and effort, you can join in on monthly munches and other regular events. You’ll soon discover that a good number of Kiwis are quite deviant indeed.
While some have described the scene as relatively vanilla, New Zealanders are becoming more open to explore their fetishes. Not too surprisingly, the BDSM scene in New Zealand got a healthy dose of interest in recent years thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey. Local BDSM clubs and events suddenly attracted a new (but apparently misguided) audience. Although a lot of people had the wrong idea about BDSM, it did bring through a new lot of people who have since embraced the lifestyle in its true form.
To gauge how big the fetish scene in NZ is growing, you only need to look at The Fetish Ball. Held annually in Auckland and Christchurch, the ball attracts much interest and is well supported by local kinksters. Not all attendees are necessarily deeply engaged in the BDSM or fetish scene (swingers often frequent these open-minded events) but it is a great opportunity to take in the atmosphere.
For those who are genuinely curious about the fetish or BDSM scene in New Zealand, your first port of call should be BDSM GEN NZ. This website has a lot of education information and resources regarding BDSM in general. Newbies should definitely acquaint themselves with the basics before fronting an event.
If you’re keen to meet others ASAP, then we still recommend that you consider attending a munch first where you can meet likeminded Kiwis socially and talk openly about your interests. There is no pressure to then participate and nor will you waste the time of people who know what they want. For monthly munches, check out the Uncommon Bonds website.