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Anyone can marry in New Zealand, as long as they’re not:

  • already married or in a civil union (unless you’re changing your relationship with the same person)
  • under 16 (and you need your parents’ consent if you’re 16 or 17)
  • closely related by birth, marriage or adoption.

Of course, it is also legal for lesbian and gay couples to marry in New Zealand.

There are two ways to get married in New Zealand, of which you must decide on prior to applying for your marriage certificate.

1. Get married at a registry office
A registry office wedding:
·takes place in normal office hours
·isn’t open to the public – you’ll need to bring 2 witnesses
·uses standard wedding vows – you can’t write your own.

2. Get married by an approved marriage celebrant
An approved, registered celebrant can marry you:
·at the time and location of your choice, anywhere in New Zealand (this is not the case in many other countries, including the UK)
·using your own vows – although you must say “I [name] take you [name] to be my legal [wife or husband].”

Once you have arranged for a marriage celebrant or chose a registry office to get married in, and organised where you will get married, you can apply for your marriage licence.

Note, you can only get married at the venue you write on the marriage licence application form, so you may wish to include a back-up wedding venue.

If you have been married and divorced previously, you’ll also need a copy of the marriage dissolution order.


If you’re coming to NZ to get married, you need to organise a marriage licence before you get here.

1.    Complete a notice of intended marriage where parties are ordinarily resident outside New Zealand form 
2.    Don’t sign the declaration.
3.    Send it, with your payment, to the registry office closest to where you plan to get married. It costs:

  • o    NZ$240 if you’re getting married at a registry office (including the ceremony), or
  • o    NZ$150 if you’re getting married by a celebrant (the celebrant costs extra – you’ll pay them directly).

4.    When you arrive in NZ, visit the office to sign the declaration and pick up your marriage licence.

You can also take your completed form to a commonwealth representative in your country (eg a high commissioner or ambassador) and sign the declaration in front of them before you post it.



When you arrive, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:

A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident

A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months)

A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months).

If you don’t meet the above, then you’ll need a visitor visa, which allows you to holiday in New Zealand for up to nine months. The fastest and easiest way to apply for a visitor visa is online.

Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.

If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.  


New Zealand's unit of currency is the dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.


While English is the predominant language spoken in New Zealand, there are two actual official languages in New Zealand. Maori became an official language in 1987 while in April 2006, New Zealand became the first country to declare sign language as an official language, alongside Maori.

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The Auckland region enjoys a warm, coastal climate without any extremes of temperature. Summers in Auckland are generally warm with high humidity, while winters are mild and damp. Plenty of rain is experienced throughout the year, but mainly in winter (June, July, August).

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Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, New Zealand, our largest and most diverse city. More than just a city, Auckland is a whole region full of things to see and do. Best of all, with so many experiences close by it’s easy to hop from one adventure to the next.

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Karekare is one of Auckland's most magnificent beaches, its isolation adding to its stunning natural beauty. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Karekare was made famous by the Oscar winning movie The Piano. Piha is popular with experienced surfers, but it’s also a wonderful spot for picnics, relaxing walks and swims. Bethells (Te Henga) is smaller than the other beaches, with a cosier feel. The sand begins well back from the surf and there is a shallow lagoon before the river reaches the sea.

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Auckland Airport (IATA: AKL, ICAO: NZAA) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand. The airport is located near Mangere, a residential suburb, and Airport Oaks, a service hub suburb 21 kilometres (13 mi) south of the Auckland city centre.

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From luxe to bargain finds, and the best souvenir shops in town, Queen Street tops the list of shopoholics. Souvenir shops are concentrated towards the harbour end of the street or tucked away in arcades. Every shop, café and restaurant is different, but there’s a strong sense of community in K’ Road, a favourite gathering place for artists, students, musicians and writers. Auckland’s retail heaven. Ponsonby’s popularity has skyrocketed in the recent years with top New Zealand designers and upmarket lifestyle stores now joining its long list of retailers.

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The city has a host of backpacker bars with discounted food, drinks and special events running almost every night of the week. This is a great way to meet new like-minded people, especially if you are new to the city. If you are looking for a different scene, perhaps to have drinks with friends, meet the locals, or dance to Auckland’s top resident DJs, there are some fun and creative bars dotted around the Viaduct Harbour, off Queen Street and Britomart.

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Auckland is a food lover’s paradise – surrounded by fertile land and rich waters, it’s home to world-class chefs, food producers and winemakers. Along with the city’s impressive range of restaurants, bars, cafés and markets, Auckland’s wine regions are a must for foodies. Award-winning pinot Gris and rich, full Syrah are among the area's specialties. Choose from a great selection of cafés and restaurants at popular waterside precincts Wynyard Quarter and Viaduct Harbour. Discover eclectic eateries and bars at the stylish Britomart precinct, enjoy a casual bite and award-winning cuisine on Federal Street or visit City Works Depot for food and craft beers with a kiwi twist.

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Jet boating, kayaking, fishing, sailing and more. Island hopping is a favourite pastime for Auckland ‘boaties’ and ‘yachties’ and many of the islands are also accessible by ferry.


Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. A diverse and multicultural city, Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world.[5] The Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning "Tāmaki with a hundred lovers", in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.

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