New Zealand society is generally accepting of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbtq+) peoples. The lgbtq+-friendly environment is epitomised by the fact that there are several members of Parliament who belong to the lgbtq+ community, lgbtq+ rights are protected by the Human Rights Act, and same-sex couples are able to marry as of 2013. Sex between men was decriminalised in 1986. New Zealand has an active lgbtq+ community, with well-attended annual gay pride festivals in most cities.
The 2020 Household Economic survey, conducted by Statistics New Zealand, estimated there to be 160,600 lgbtq++ people aged 18 and over in New Zealand, 4.2 percent of the adult population.
The visitor experience here is quite unlike any other – combining the ease and convenience of travelling in a highly developed economy with the natural un-spoilt beauty and wilderness of some the world’s most pristine and breathtaking landscapes – welcome to New Zealand.
From the Bay of Islands, Auckland and Wellington on the North Island to Christchurch, Queenstown and the awe inspiring Fiordland on the South, a trip to New Zealand is a trip of a life time, and will leave you with a memory bank of razor sharp images and experiences of the people and landscapes of these remarkable islands.