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Welcome to Gay Stay New Zealand

Are you looking for accommodation? We connect you with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender Hosts across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Accommodation types: Bed & Breakfast, Home Stay, Farm Stay, Vineyard Retreat, City Townhouse, Guesthouse, Eco-accommodation, Motor Homes and Camper Vans, Wedding venues.

The GayStay website connects guests with our community of Hosts in accommodation ranging from budget to luxury.

Specialities include: Women/men only, clothing optional, trans welcoming, catering for dietary requirements, disability access, business visitors, group activities

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.

Whether you’re a Kiwi or an international visitor, here on business or on holiday, our Hosts will make you welcome and introduce you to the local rainbow community.

Please check with Hosts directly via the links on their pages to confirm availability and prices. And don't forget to mention GayStay when you book!

An overview of queer New Zealand

Aotearoa New Zealand is a liberal nation. We were the first country to give all women the vote, and we have had openly lesbian, gay and transgender members of parliament. We’ve recognised same-sex civil unions since 2005 and made same-sex marriage legal in 2013. Our Human Rights Act means people cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their gender or sexuality. This includes allowing people to use the toilet that matches their gender identity, and many businesses and public places have unisex or gender-neutral facilities. Our country is nuclear free, and we have a reputation for being clean and green. These factors together with our beautiful landscapes, unique wildlife and bountiful seas make New Zealand a ‘must do’ destination.

Look out for the summer Pride festivals in most cities, and events such as the AIDS Foundation’s Big Gay Out early in the year.

Your LGBT+ Kiwi experience awaits you.

Disclaimer: The GayStay NZ website team is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information featured on this website. Nor do the GayStay NZ team endorse or recommend any of the Hosts, facilities, services or amenities listed on the website, and the team has not investigated the claims made by Hosts.  Information on this website is based solely on material received by GayStay Hosts.

COVID-19 Update

October 2021

GayStay New Zealand is glad that many of our Hosts have provided accommodation through both crazy years of COVID, enabling LGBT+ community members to get in touch with each other and be hosted in a warm welcoming environment. We call it whanaungatanga!

Welcome to you if you are looking at this site from all the countries around the world our guests normally come from! Please look over the site and get ready to make your dream a reality when Aotearoa – New Zealand is accessible again!  Most of us will be here and very happy to see you. We are so sorry that you’re not with us now – being global citizens is part of our DNA.

And a big welcome to all those ‘trapped’ on these beautiful islands.  Please make the most of this situation by getting to know your community now!

We offer you the opportunity to support our LGBT+ grass-roots businesses and community members with a spare room.  We are happy to offer a range from Lodge to budget, and Bay of Islands to The South!  Please look over the site and find a place that suits you.  Consider traveling to regions you have never been to, as you now have a Community Host to let you know the special things to see!

In April 2021 all Hosts confirmed they offer their usual service at alert levels 1 (the lowest) and 2.  Please contact them regarding level 3 or 4 (essential workers).

Info for guests from abroad: The New Zealand Government has four pre-determined COVID-19 Alert Levels.  They can change. To see what they might mean for you, visit Unite against COVID-19 (  This is the one website that has everything you need to know (NZ does not have a separation between state and national government). If the region you are staying in changes to Alert Level 3 or 4 you may need to stay put, unless returning home.  If you have any questions about how your Host can help you if this happens, or about cancellations, phone or email them when booking.  Every business in NZ, including your Accommodation, must display the same type of QR code issued by the Government.  Download the NZ COVID Tracer app to keep track of your movements. Feel free to talk to your host about their risk management for COVID-19 and any particular needs you have.

Host rates subject to change. Please confirm with hosts before booking.