Wellington Shell Club

The Wellington Shell Club is for anyone interested in shell collecting (marine & terrestrial), conchology or malacology generally.

The club has monthly meetings at different locations in the greater Wellington region and makes occasional field trips to other parts of New Zealand. The club publishes a monthly newsletter and an annual publication, Cookia

Adults and children interested in shells (both marine & terrestrial) from New Zealand or overseas are invited to join the club.

New Zealand Shell Show 2018

The next New Zealand Shell Show will be hosted by the Wellington Shell Club from 1 - 2 December 2018.

Shell Show Auction List


Visitors and prospective members are welcome at our meetings and events.  Let us know if you would like to attend one of these. Please e-mail us for details.  

If you have any queries about New Zealand or foreign shells or a general shell related inquiry please e-mail us

Alternatively, our postal address is: Wellington Shell Club, P O Box 12-163, Thorndon, Wellington 6144. New Zealand


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$$$ We Buy Sea Shells $$$

The Wellington Shell Club is interested in acquiring shell collections, small or large and individual shells.

Shells in good condition and which are not broken, chipped, faded or beach worn are usually the most desirable. 

New Zealand shells are usually preferred over foreign shells and shells or collections with individual collection data are generally more interesting and valuable than those with limited or no information.

Many private collections often contain 'gems', rare or unusual shells which are sought after by collectors.  Some might be worth $100s or possibly $1000s! 

Uncertain if your collection contains foreign or New Zealand shells? Then contact us for an evaluation.

If you have individual shells, or a shell collection for sale or donation to the Wellington Shell Club please contact us for an initial discussion.

Usually an on-site assessment can be arranged. There are club members located around New Zealand.

(page last updated September 2018)

What is the best thing about our club?

The people in the club are friendly and outgoing types who enjoy a good walk along the beach and sharing their knowledge and experiences about shells.