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COVID-19: New Zealand opens international borders from 1 August

COVID-19: New Zealand opens international borders from 1 August

Much loved Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern announced in Auckland yesterday (Wednesday 11 May 2022) that her country will open its borders to everyone from 11:59 pm 31 July – to be precise. You can arrive by plane or boat, or even cruise ship!

This opening is 2 months earlier than announced previously. The earlier date is hoped to assist with filling severe skill shortages caused by the roughly 2-year border closure.


Aussies can currently travel to NZ if they are Australian Citizens, have a pre-arrival COVID-19 test, and are fully vaccinated. There are some exceptions and you can read that finer detail via the links provided here.


2PAXfly Takeout

I’m heading to the north island in a couple of months for a few weeks. I know it is ‘off season’ unless you are interested in snow, but this is a thrice COVID-19 delayed break, so we are doing it, as long as the borders stay open. I’m looking forward to it, and visiting many places, including Wellington for the first time.

Expect a flood of accommodation reviews.

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