Proud to be a Rainbow Nation

New Zealand has a reputation as a forward-thinking, tolerant country with progressive views, and has been rated as a world-leader in LGBTQI+ rights. Like to see humanity at its best? We know a place.

New Zealand has a lot to be proud about. We are an inclusive society that provides an ideal destination for LGBTQI+ tourists, working holidaymakers and students. This is supported by historical and present-day legislative changes and global rankings, and showcases the values that New Zealand is proud of: a welcoming society of open minds, open hearts and open spaces.


New Zealand is open in more ways than one. We are known as a liberal nation, where we were the first country in the world to give women the vote, the first country that had an openly transgender politician and a country that now holds the title of the most rainbow Parliament in the world, where 10% of our MPs are openly gay, lesbian or transgender.

Our Human Rights Act means people cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their gender or sexuality. New Zealand has recognised same-sex civil unions since 2004 and legalised same-sex marriage in 2013, the first country in Pacific-Oceania to do so. Adoption by same-sex couples was also legalised in 2013. New Zealand’s military ranks number one in the LGBT Military Index. This is due to concerted efforts for the integration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members in armed forces.


New Zealand is known for being a progressive nation that recognises the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive society. Our cities are safe and welcoming places for LGBT tourists to explore with Auckland winning a place in Lonely Planet’s Guide to Pride. It has been rated alongside Toronto, San Francisco and London as one of the top gay-friendly cities in the world, with a remarkable pride festival with more than 50 floats. New Zealand also offers other LGBT events such as ‘Ending HIV Big Gay Out’, New Zealand’s biggest waterside festivity of rainbow diversity and 'Winter Pride', a festival with a bold heart that revels love, community, diversity, visibility and inclusion.

So, if you want to see humanity at its best … We know a place.