Gay Guide

New Zealand
Pink Star Rating

10

Capital

Wellington

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Auckland, Christchurch, Manukau, North Shore,

Scene and Culture

New Zealand society is fairly accepting of gays and lesbians. However as in most countries it has its share of homophobia and bigotry. There have been many advances in the last 10 years and New Zealand is now very progressive. The gay scene in New Zealand is centred in Auckland and Wellington. Whilst not as busy as neighbouring Australia there are still a large number of bars, pubs, cafes restaurants, saunas and accomodation making New Zealand an excellent holiday destination for gays and lesbians.

Gay Age of Consent

16

Lesbian Age of Consent

16

Straight Age of Consent

16

Legal Notes

New Zealand has many progressive laws protecting the rights of gays and lebians. Since 1999, New Zealand has granted permanent residency for foreign same-sex partners if the relationship has lasted more than two years (de facto relationships). The Human Rights Act 1993 makes it unlawful to discriminate, either directly or indirectly, against a person on the grounds of their sexual orientation. This applies in the areas of employment, access to public places, provision of goods and services, accommodation and education facilities. No exceptions were made for the police or armed forces. In 2005 New Zealand introduced legislation to allow same sex couples to register their partnerships.

Population

3.82 million

Currency

Dollar NZ$

Climate

The best time of year to visit New Zealand is in the summer months of December to March unless you want to go skiing. New Zealand has a temperate climate dominated by the east moving anti cyclones that bring clear skies or fog while weather conditions are highly changeable throughout the year. All months are moderately wet while the high mountains carry snow throughout the year. Average annual precipitation varies between 600 and 1,500 mm. Average temperature ranges in Wellington are from 6c to 12c in July to 13c to 21c in January.

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