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New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will impress you. And the great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other!

New Zealand travel begins with visiting the official site of Tourism New Zealand(external link)- the best place to plan your New Zealand travel.

Discover new places and ways to travel in New Zealand plus find New Zealand maps, accommodation, great deals on New Zealand travel and more.

So start planning your New Zealand travel now.

Driving in New Zealand

The Driving in New Zealand section(external link) of the New Zealand Transport Agency website provides new residents and visitors with information about driver licence requirements, and advice on driving in New Zealand.

The 100% Pure New Zealand website also provides an overview on driving in New Zealand(external link)

For German language information on driving in New Zealand, visit the Drive Safe website(external link).

Getting married in New Zealand

If you do not live in New Zealand you should firstly check with the authorities in the place you normally live to see if there are any special steps you must take or rules that apply to you when you marry in New Zealand.

You will require a German Passport with at least 6 months validity. If you have been married before, then a translated copy of divorce papers is required.

Anybody can marry in New Zealand as long as they are legally free to marry. Under New Zealand law this means that

  • They are not already married (or if they have been married, the marriage has been dissolved by a court of law).
  • If you have been married before then you need to produce translated evidence that the marriage has been dissolved. If your previous spouse has died, then you will have to give the date of death on the Notice of Intended Marriage.
  • They are old enough to marry (16 or over, although parental consent is required if either party is younger than 20 years old).
  • They are not closely related by blood, marriage or adoption. Details of these prohibited marriages appear on the form Notice of Intent to Marriage BDM58.

Details of what to do before you get married can be found on the  Births, Deaths and Marriages website(external link) or by calling the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin.

You will need to decide when and where you will marry. You need these details to complete your application for a Marriage Licence.

Choose a Marriage Celebrant

You will need to contact a Registrar of Marriages in New Zealand for a list of approved marriage celebrants.

Get a Marriage Licence

Complete a BDM 58 form (this can only witnessed at the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin, and there is a fee for this service. Please contact the Embassy). Or it can be done one week before at the place where you marry in New Zealand. This form must be done in person and faxed copies to the Marriage Registrar are not accepted, as the party must sign a Statutory Declaration.

Details on how to obtain a copy of your Marriage Certificate can be found on the Births, Deaths and Marriages website(external link).

German Officials often require a New Zealand Marriage Certificate to bear an Apostille. To obtain information about this, please visit the Births, Deaths and Marriages website(external link) or contact the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin.

Details of Births Deaths and Marriages (BDM) in New Zealand


Births Deaths and Marriages
 PO Box 10-526
109 Feeatherston St
 Call Free: 0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)
 Phone: 0064 4 4639362
 Fax: 0064 4 4382 3515


The Identity Services Auckland Office
 Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages
 PO Box 6147
 Level 6, AA Building
 99 Albert Street
 Call Free: 0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)
 Tel: 0064 4 4639362
 Fax: 0064 9 362 7908


PO Box 76-222
 20-24 Lambie Drive
 Manukau City 2104
Call Free: 0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)
 Tel: 0064 4 4639362 Fax: 0064 4 9 262 2404


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