Sex between men was decriminalised in New Zealand has an active LGBT community, with well attended annual gay pride festivals in most cities. Homosexuality and same-sex relationships have been documented in New Zealand for centuries. They brought with them the Christian doctrine that homosexuality was sinful. When New Zealand became a British colony in , British law was adopted in its entirety, making " buggery " illegal and a capital offence. In , all kinds of sexual activity between men was criminalised, with penalties including imprisonment, hard labour, and flogging.
Gay Clubs and Bars
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Gay clubs and bars offer a friendly welcome and meeting place for gay friends and the wider gay community. With fabulous music and entertainment for all of the gay community to enjoy, gay clubs and bars in New Zealand offer a rainbow-sized welcome to gay men, lesbians and pink-flavoured friends. Popular gay venues and meeting places include clubs, bars, cafes, saunas and restaurants in major centres throughout New Zealand. A meal out in a gay club or bar can be as quiet or literally as 'showy' as you want, with drag queens, gay cabaret and gay revue on the menu, as well as buffed-up buffets and gourmet dining. Although relatively small compared to the international gay scene, the gay community in New Zealand enjoy particularly vibrant nightlifes in major centres such as Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton. Auckland has been described as the 15th gayest city in the world Gay Times and is home to the most, and some of the best gay bars, clubs, festivals, saunas and venues. A number of gay clubs and bars in New Zealand do not have websites, but are easy enough to find in the listings of local papers.
The GayStay website connects guests with our community of Hosts in accommodation ranging from budget to luxury. You may share our homes with us - just like friends staying over. Or you may want independence and solitude. Whether you enjoy sharing life stories and travel adventures, finding out about the history and natural wonders of the country - our Hosts have the knowledge you need for the perfect stay.
Nobody lives in New Zealand for a vibrant and thriving gay scene like you'd find in Sydney or San Francisco. Yet in pockets of both our largest city and the capital, there is a gay old time to be had. Having lived in both Auckland and Wellington in the last few years, I'm often asked which city is more conducive to the most open, supportive, and fun gay life.