New Zealand has laws which allow traditional or gestational surrogacy, although does not allow payments to surrogates or any surrogacy agency support with recruitment and managing the journey.

Domestic Surrogacy

Surrogacy in New Zealand is only available to New Zealanders

There are several community-run online groups which you can join to assist you in meeting potential surrogates. These include

Egg Donation New Zealand
Facebook-based Support group for NZ egg donors and recipients. 500 members

NZ Surrogacy
an online support group for New Zealander’s who are interested in Surrogacy, Egg donation, Sperm donation, Adoption, IVF, and all of those issues that go with infertility

Eden Community
an online community dedicated to providing up to date information, and advice to those wanting to journey ‘roads less travelled’  to parenthood and to those who desire to help them.

International Surrogacy

New Zealanders are able to engage in international surrogacy, however New Zealand will not issue citizenship or passports to children born via surrogacy until an adoption order has been granted in a New Zealand court.

For those engaging in the US & Canada, this does not pose significant issues, as these countries will issue a US/Canadian passport to the child promptly and they can return to New Zealand on that, before applying for adoption. However for New Zealanders engaging in other countries which will not issue local passports readily (eg Ukraine, Georgia, Mexico, Greece) a longer, more complex process is required, including the potential issuance of a Certificate of Identity authorised by the Department of Internal Affairs.

New Zealand lawyers

The following lawyers specialise in advising New Zealanders on surrogacy arrangements & assisting with adoption orders