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How to Marry in New Zealand

Stunning New Zealand really does have some amazing scenery if you're looking for a wedding with flair. The legalities are easy, and there are plenty of great wedding planners here who can arrange a ceremony in places such as a winery, pretty chapel or even as a Maori ceremony! 
Below are the legalities for marrying in New Zealand, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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New Zealand Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in New Zealand?

Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women. If 16 or 17 years old then parental consent is required.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption

How long do I have to be resident in New Zealand before I can get married?

There are no residency requirements to get married in New Zealand, although if you are in New Zealand at least 3 working days before your marriage, you can apply for a marriage licence in person rather than apply from overseas.

How do I get a marriage licence?

You need to fill in a Statutory Declaration form which states that there is no lawful impediment to your marriage. This can be obtained from a New Zealand representative overseas, or from a registry office in New Zealand.
You will also need to fill in a Notice of Intended Marriage form before a New Zealand Registrar of Marriages.
You also need to advise the Registrar of the date of your wedding, in order for the wedding licence to be issued (valid for 3 months).

What legal papers do I need to take with me?

There is no proof of identity needed to marry in New Zealand.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.


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New Zealand Marriage Registrar's

Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Auckland
PO Box 6147
Auckland 1141
Level 6, AA Building
99 Albert Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Tel:+64 4 463 9362
Fax:+64 9 362 7908
Open: Mon to Fri 8:30am - 5:00pm, except Weds 9:00am -