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

Belvedere Guest House for Men

Belvedere Guest House for Men, Fire Island's premier accommodation, located on the bay front at Cherry Grove, near Fire Island Pines, a few minutes from one of the world's best beaches... more

INNdulge

Come to INNdulge Palm Springs, a supreme resort hotel for gay men offering clothing-optional sunbathing and an extensive video library. Pool and jacuzzi, which have been the site of several porn films, are in use 24 hours... more

Ruby Sofie Hotel & Bar

Ruby Sofie lies in the heart of the “old” diplomatic quarter and up-and-coming leisure area of the Metropolis on the Danube: the 3rd Municipal District, right where it meets Vienna city centre and the 1st Municipal District... more