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« on: 13 August 2009, 09:17:PM »

Hey neighbours,

Aussie here, but don't hold that against me!

My partner and I will be travelling to NZ in October, for a 16 day driving tour of the south island. Flying into Wellington, then catching the ferry across and beginning our trip out west, through Nelson and Marlborough Sound, down to Franz Joseph, up through the mountains to Queenstown, then up the east coast and back to Picton.

This is the first international trip for both my partner and myself, so it's hugely exciting for us!

We haven't booked anything, besides the return flight, because we really want to just wing it. If we arrive somewhere and want to stay longer than expected, then we want to be able to do that.

The only problem is, we have NO IDEA what the must-see locations are. I'm a prosumer photographer (not my primary income, but I do sell a few photos) so I'm looking forward to the scenery most of all.

Also, we have no idea how gay friendly parts of NZ are. I'm a little nervous about offending people, particularly in the smaller towns. By that I don't mean I intend to march down the street in a pink lycra one piece singing "Girls just wanna have fun" - I mostly mean accomodation, and dining somewhat. We're not ones to flaunt our relationship, but I've had a couple of uncomfortable experiences here with booking a couple's suite in a hotel, or a table for two in a restaurant, only to have the receptionist/server make some snide remark when he/she realises it's two guys sharing the room. Smaller towns :/ Maybe I'm just being excessively paranoid because I've never travelled far before, and the idea of going to a different country is freaking the shit out of me haha ><

I'm wondering if someone can point me to a good site for gay friendly accommodation in NZ?

Also, because it never fails to impress to have a wordy and demanding first post on a new forum... We'd love to visit some traditional Maori events, and some of the smaller, out of the way places. I guess I just want to know... how gay friendly is NZ?

And finally, maybe someone can suggest some good scene venues where we could go for a drink to meet the locals (and no doubtedly be ragged on something fierce Wink ).

Thanks for reading!
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« Reply #1 on: 13 August 2009, 10:56:PM »

Hi Guys
You wont have to much trouble in NZ with accommodation most places are Gay Friendly and discrimination is illegal, when you come down the West Coast make sure to book into Beachwalk Holiday Park and Motels just before Hokitika  and I will intro you to all the great Gay folk here.
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« Reply #2 on: 14 August 2009, 01:22:AM »

There are some gay run and gay friendly accommodation places in NZ - see the list on Gaynz

Mostly New Zealand is gay friendly, but any tourists who wander off the beaten track into remote parts should at the very least lock car or caravan doors, even if they're asleep at night.  Thefts do occur and you'd be wise not to tempt someone with valuable gear left unattended.

Wellington doesn't have as many gay venues as some cities and what we have is small & friendly.  Visitors would get a welcome at Scotty and Mal's Bar (aka S&M Bar - just a name, not kinky) in Cuba Street -  Some of the younger guys go dancing or drinking at Club Ivy -  There's a sex on site venue too but  it's nothing special.

While you're in Wellington pick up an express - free gay "news"paper - more adverts than news, but it will have a few listings of restaurants etc.  And go to the Weta Cave in Miramar.  It's the shop for Weta Workshop, part of Wellywood's movie scene.  It's not gay as such but it's cool.  Some visitors like Te Papa too, our national museum with interactive displays & user friendly attractions.

You should think about going to Autumn Farm in the South Island, about 100kkm drive from Nelson - although it may be too cold for the clothing optional stays.  See

Make sure to visit the pancake rocks at Punakaiki too - on the West Coast

But i won't list all the visual beauties - there are too many ...

Enjoy your stay.   Cool
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« Reply #3 on: 15 August 2009, 10:12:PM »

But i won't list all the visual beauties - there are too many ...

That would explain why my amazingness was not mentioned in the above post!

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« Reply #4 on: 16 August 2009, 04:09:PM »

Maybe the Aussie guys should stay with Kris, Chris and Andy at the Koromiko Homestay in Wellington?  I think they do a bit of photography and have done outdoor exploration and caving in the South Island.

They also run Adventure Out  - which would provide lots of photo opportunities as well as a physically adventurous holiday.
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