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  1. Where did you hear this?? At the moment, no one is allowed into New Zealand other than NZ citizens and residents for the foreseeable future. No international travellers, vaccinated or not. We have done a very good job of containing the virus, with only 26 deaths in total since March last year. We're not likely to risk that. Of course it also means we can't travel overseas unless we want to quarantine for 2 weeks at our own expense on return.
  2. Well, let's see. If you lived in a country of 5 million people with only 6 deaths since Covid broke out, how eager would YOU be to join the rest of the world where Covid is still raging??? Just asking.🙂
  3. Here's a link to a government website. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/extending-support-covid-19-elimination-strategy-june-2022
  4. It's highly unlikely any of these itineraries which have a NZ destination will happen. Our borders are to remain closed to international travellers until at least 2022. Only returning Kiwis are being allowed in and they have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
  5. Air NZ from west coast USA is your best option, but when??? NZ borders are closed for the foreseeable future to everyone except returning Kiwis.
  6. This is a very common and popular misconception. Maori are not indigenous to New Zealand. The first Maori arrivals in Aotearoa arrived (approximately) in the late 13th century from Polynesia - several hundred years before the first Europeans arrived.
  7. I've been reading this thread with interest. Not once has it been mentioned WHERE these cruises will go. Unless we're talking closed loop Caribbean cruises, what is the likelihood of any country accepting travellers, particularly from the USA where the death toll is still rising and there is no national plan to combat Covid? Here in NZ, after a strict lockdown policy, we have currently only 1 active case, no one in hospital, a total of 22 deaths (all elderly with underlying conditions) and our borders are closed to all but returning citizens who will quarantine on arrival. Ports in
  8. The operative word is 'tourist'. For anyone else it's compulsory quarantine and a fine. Can't imagine any of my fellow countrymen going with that option!! And health officials know who they are and check on them.
  9. If people don't self -isolate, they will be deported. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120344713/coronavirus-tourist-to-be-deported-from-nz-for-having-no-plans-to-selfisolate Soooo glad I live here!!
  10. I'm afraid you won't. https://www.interest.co.nz/news/104048/stringent-covid-19-restrictions-announced-everyone-entering-nz-ordered-self-isolate-14
  11. As of Sunday 15 March, all travellers arriving in New Zealand will have to self-isolate for 14 days. No cruise ships will be allowed until after 30 June. This will hit our tourism industry as no-one will want to fly to NZ and spend 14 days in the same room. However, recovering from an economic downturn - and we will - is preferable to letting this virus into the country. We have only 5 cases at the moment and they are all recovering.
  12. You might want to check for road closures between Milford Sound and Te Anau. The road was washed away recently and traffic in and out is limited to convoys of coaches at specific times. It may be that these excursions won't be running, but check with your provider too. .http://www.nzta.govt.nz
  13. This is probably the definitive site for up-to-date information on tracks and access. it will be updated regularly. https://www.doc.govt.nz/news/issues/extreme-weather-event-in-fiordland
  14. Novotel at Auckland Airport has day rooms. So does the Jet Park Hotel, a short free shuttle ride from AKL. I can't remember facilities at the Novotel, but Jet Park has a pool and a gym.
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