New Zealand’s spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.
New Zealand is the youngest country on earth – the last major landmass to be discovered. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage.
An 1840 treaty between Maori and the British Crown is New Zealand’s founding document. Today, the Treaty of Waitangi has a major impact on all New Zealanders.
A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.
We are delighted to bring you some useful information on our 6-main centres (largest cities) around New Zealand. New Zealand is a very welcoming open minded country to visit.
In 2005 we passed New Zealands Civil Union Bill which now allows same sex Gay and Lesbian couples the same rights in partnership as hetrosexual couples.
New Zealand promotes itself as a 100% Pure destination to visit, this philosophy spreads much further than just the “clean green” nature feel of New Zealand, rather spreading to how we live and work in our country of freedom and beauty. New Zealanders are very accepting of people from all walks of life: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender!
Welcome to New Zealand!
Auckland | Rotorua | Wellington | Christchurch | Dunedin | Queenstown | Invercargill
Gay and Lesbian Auckland “The City of Sails” – Pure Gay NZ
Auckland is full up with things to do and even the most seasoned local can always find something new.
Satisfy your natural curiosity and visit the latest wildlife arrivals at the Auckland Zoo.
Be inspired at Auckland Museum this summer. Explore New Zealand’s rich natural and cultural heritage, and its modern history. Located in one of Auckland’s finest heritage buildings in the heart of the Domain.
Stimulate your senses on a tour of the universe at Stardome Observatory. You’ll experience 360° theatre with 3500 stars high overhead, plus guided telescope viewing. Open seven days (and most nights).
Auckland Offers great nightlife and shopping.
Gay and Lesbian Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, Central Park – Pure Gay NZ
Rotorua is one of the original tourist destinations in New Zealand – it has been welcoming visitors for more than 200 years. From the moment people arrive in Rotorua they know they’re somewhere quite different. There is a scent of sulphur in the air. At nearby geothermal hotspots, there are spouting geysers, boiling mud pools and warm geothermal springs. Silica terraces are naturally decorated with a kaleidoscope of colours.
Rotorua is fast becoming known as Nature’s Spa of the South Pacific. After a hard day’s sightseeing or strenuous activity, visitors can relax with a soak in the healing waters of the geothermal hot springs, or totally unwind by choosing from a selection of therapeutic spa and massage therapies.
Gay and Lesbian Wellington “Capital City” – Pure Gay NZ
It offers an unforgettable city experience in a natural setting. It is located between a beautiful harbour and rolling green hills.
Wellington has excellent shopping, professional theatre and cafes and restaurants all close to untouched nature spots.
Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum is on the waterfront.
Wellington is only a short drive or ferry ride away from New Zealand’s top wine regions, Wairarapa and Marlborough. Both regions are popular weekend destinations.
Wellington was the main filming and production location for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This was shot in New Zealand between October 1999 and December 2000. Experience Middle Earth in all its diversity while you are in Wellington.
Gay and Lesbian Christchurch, Canterbury “Garden City” – Pure Gay NZ
Christchurch is New Zealand’s foremost festival city. Throughout the year it proudly celebrates over a dozen festivals which provide a wealth of cultural and entertainment diversity
Enjoy the unique magic of the Garden City. Central Christchurch is perfect for exploring on foot because it is attractive, fascinating – and flat!
Christchurch has just recently installed a new landmark in Cathedral Square, Chalice by internationally renowned sculptor Neil Dawson.
Gay and Lesbian Dunedin, Otago – Pure Gay NZ
Dunedin cultural wonders! Over the decades Dunedin residents have shown vision and cultural wisdom, endowing the city with a number of wonderful institutions, including the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Otago Museum and The Otago Settlers Museum.
Daily life, as seen in the Octagon and surrounding streets is vibrant, positive and upbeat. Cafes, restaurants and bars compete for space with a fabulous mix of retail outlets, service centres and entertainment venues.
Gay and Lesbian Queenstown, Central Otago - Pure Gay NZ
New Zealand’s action and adventure capital.
Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere’s premiere four season alpine and lake resort. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the majestic Remarkables Range, Queenstown is the perfect destination all year round.
Queenstown was named because ‘…it was fit for “Queen”.’ Certainly it’s lived up to that expectation. Today it’s an exhilarating alpine resort, perfect for both adventurers and leisure seekers. Don’t miss historical Arrowtown with its quaint, tree-lined streets, miners’ cottages and shops preserved as they were during the 19th century gold rush era, just a 20 minute drive away.
Gay and Lesbian Invercargill “Southern City”, Southland – Pure Gay NZ
Invercargill is New Zealand’s southernmost city and the commercial heart of Southland. Known far and wide for its hospitality, Invercargill is favourably placed on the Southern Scenic Route and is the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery and destinations including the Southland heartland, Stewart Island, Fiordland and the Catlins. Bluff is unique – in its geography, history, industry and attractions. If you visit Bluff during the oyster season take the time to try the world famous Bluff oyster a much sought after delicacy.
The town itself is well serviced with a variety of accommodation, restaurants, dairies, service stations and an information centre. Bluff is only twenty seven kilometres south of Invercargill, from which a regular bus service operates.
Video presentations courtesy of Tourism New Zealand