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About Gay Stay New Zealand

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki GayStay Aotearoa. Welcome to Gay Stay New Zealand

About GayStay New Zealand

GayStay NZ is a community enterprise run by volunteers who want to support a Rainbow Community venture. It’s not a booking service, and we don’t charge a commission.

How do I book a room through GayStay?

Find the accommodation you want to book. Click on the Host’s email or website button (which may take you to their home page or an independent booking service).

Or you can telephone the Host directly. The international code is +64- or use 064- from North America. (Remember to check the current time in New Zealand!)


James Taylor from Te Puna Wai Lodge in Nelson came up with the idea of connecting LGBT+ Hosts throughout New Zealand via a collective website. And it was Bruce Morrison of Christchurch Gaystay B&B who took the concept and ran with it in May 2004.

The philosophy was simple – set up a website where LGBT+ accommodation providers can list their guesthouse, B&B, farm stay etc and promote each other’s businesses in a collaborative way. Today, you’ll find all the accommodation listed is hosted by a member of the LGBT+ community, who will greet guests on arrival.

“You asked how it began? Bruce generously drove us to the airport, after a stay with him.  On the way I told him about the handful of gay-owned accommodation properties I was communicating with, and suggested the need for a site.  I didn’t have the time to do it, but he picked up the ball, and did a fantastic job.” - James Taylor

Hall of Fame

Bruce Morrison – who worked tirelessly in the role of Coordinator from 2004 – 2014 to grow the website from a few members into a lively community.

Gerard de Roo - who created the original website in 2004.

Gary Mitchell – host of Ribbonwood Country House in Cheviot – Coordinator 2014 – 2017

Nic Oram – current Web Developer

Martin Dickson of Gay Auckland B&B – current Coordinator

Jay Stone and Carolynn Day – administration and technical support

Thank you for taking the time to read about us. We look forward to connecting to your ideal Host or listing your property on our growing website.  We welcome your comments on our site, we are always looking for ways to improve it.


The information on this website is based solely on material received from GayStay Hosts, and the GayStay NZ website team is not responsible for its accuracy.  Inclusion on this site is not an endorsement or recommendation of any of the Hosts, facilities, services or amenities listed on the website, and the team has not investigated the claims made by Hosts.


The contents of this page, including text and photographs, are all copyright to the Coordinator of GayStay New Zealand and may not be reproduced on other websites or elsewhere without permission.  Copyright also remains over individual items with the GayStay Hosts that provided them.  We assert copyright for the GayStay New Zealand logo and use of the terms “GayStay and “Gay Stay” within New Zealand and with reference to New Zealand or places in New Zealand.

Gay Stay NZ Rules and Regulations/Code Of Conduct

  1. Members of Gay Stay NZ are those listings that have paid the fees to be listed on the website
  2. All listings on the website are members that own and / or operate an accommodation premise who identifies as being Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual or Transgender
  3. Each member must have at least one room to rent out to qualify as a listing
  4. Each member of the group will promote the Gay Stay NZ website and other listings to tourists
  5. All our members/listings will liaise with each other in a collegial manner and foster harmonious relations
  6. Each paid up member will have access to the logo and are welcome to put this on their own website and advertising
  7. Each member will pay the fees promptly into the nominated bank account
  8. If members have a Face book account please LIKE the Gay Stay NZ page and advise the coordinator. You will be made ADMIN which means you make direct postings on the Gay Stay NZ Facebook page.

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