Gay Guide New Zealand

Far-reaching legal change was only carried out in New Zealand's most recent history. Gay sex was decriminalised in 1986 (the minimum age is 16 now). So you can finally love and live without constant fear of arrest. Discrimination based on sexual orientation was banned in 1995. Nobody has to fear rejection now just because of he is what he is. Same-sex relationships were granted legal status by a partnership law in 2004/2005. In April 2013,New Zealand Parliament decided to open marriage to all. Breathtaking landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and a pleasant climate make New Zealand ideal for many outdoor activities and a great place to relax. New Zealand's society is colourful, sophisticated and multicultural; you will be impressed by the honesty, friendliness and openness of the „Kiwis“. The fact that these diverse physical, cultural and artistic landscapes are so close together is a great advantage. New Zealand's unique and dynamic culture combines European influence with Maori and Asian-Pacific elements. Caution: In the independent state of Cook Islands, associated with New Zealand, gay sex is still illegal, but the law is to be changed.

Islands in New Zealand

North IslandSouth Island

Location: Oceania
Initials: NZL
International country code: 64 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Language: English, Maori
Currency: 1 New Zealand Dollar (NZ$) = 100 Cents
Population: 4,433,000
Capital: Wellington
Religions: 35% no confession, 15% Anglican, 14% Catholic
Climate: The warmer months (Nov-Apr) are busy with tourists and locals alike.
Important gay cities: Auckland, Christchurch & Wellington

Top Hotels

Island House for Men

Award-winning Island House in Key West is one of the best men-only properties in the entire United States. Private, enclosed clothing-optional compound with large heated pool, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, gym, steam room, sauna, poolside cafe/bar, restaurant and erotic video room. more

The GEM Hotel Chelsea

The GEM Hotel Chelsea is located in the heart of NYC's gay neighborhood. Walking distance to all NYC attractions. Free WiFi, bottled water, fitness center... more

Okonjima

Probably the most luxurious lodge in Namibia. This is much more than just a lodge. Okonjima is also home to The Africat Foundation which provides a rehabilitation-and-release and relocation programme for Namibia's Cheetahs and Leopards. more