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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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Queenstown is a popular holiday destination at any time of the year. During the winter, Queenstown has snow-capped mountains and crisp, clear days, while during the summer, the days are warm and can reach a temperature of 26°C.

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Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumoured that gold prospectors - captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers - gave this now cosmopolitan town its name.

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Queenstown Airport (IATA: ZQN, ICAO: NZQN) is located in Frankton, Otago, New Zealand, and serves the resort town of Queenstown. The airport is 8 km (5.0 mi) from the Queenstown business district.

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The downtown shopping precinct, right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, is compact and easy to explore. Combining big brands with local boutiques, beautiful jewellery stores, art galleries and souvenir shops, this is a great place to head to purchase sheepskin products, greenstone jewellery, wool clothing and possum fur ítems. The Saturday Creative Queenstown Art & Craft Market runs throughout the year, featuring 100% New Zealand made goods. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor location, live music and find a unique, high-quality gift. Held every Saturday morning in Earnslaw Park.

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Queenstown’s bars and clubs often have live music with talented cover bands, or visiting DJ’s for those wanting to carry on into the night. There’s also a number of destination bars, with extensive cocktail and wine lists. Many pubs, bars and clubs have happy hours and drink specials, no matter what day of the week.

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Queenstown restaurants offer a range of cuisine, from contemporary New Zealand fare using the freshest local produce, to delicious ethnic food, quick bites for those on the go as well as vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu items with a focus on flavour. Early diners can stake out a spot at a lake-front bistro for platters of seafood, cruise over Lake Wakatipu on a vintage steamship for a BBQ feast, or find a fine-dining experience tucked away from the bustle of the main streets. For families there are fast and friendly options as well as hearty meals after a day on the mountain or out adventuring.

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Explore creeks, streams and pools as you climb, swim, slide, jump and abseil your way through a spectacular canyon, or hire a kayak from Queenstown Bay and explore the shoreline from the water. Or, embark on a rafting trip with experienced guides for a half-day on the Kawarau or Shotover rivers, or even a multi-day extravaganza of outdoorsiness. There’s even river surfing for one of the most adventurous experiences you can have on a river.


Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. The town is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town, Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill. Queenstown is a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski at the four main mountain ski fields.

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