Generally, New Zealand will never be a place for lots of public displays of affection, something which both gay and straight travellers should be aware of. I should indeed apply for a visa in advance and this would probably be granted, since I have no real criminal record — I only have a criminal record for committing homosexual acts! It would be a different story if you were convicted of a serious assault or drink driving for example but being gay does not make you a potential threat to the NZ public and I see no reason for you to be declined - assuming there's nothing more to your arrest. Browse forums All Browse by destination. Hotels travelers are raving about New Zealanders are overall very accepting of the LGBT community — generally, anti-LGBT political parties are unsuccessful, for example, and there are many openly gay people in all walks of life. There is no need to self-censor or worry about perceptions; gay visitors can enjoy all that this country has to offer in freedom.
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