Views of Lake Wakatipu & the Remarkable mountains from the Queenstown Gondola

Visiting New Zealand in a Covid-19 world

This article is for people considering visiting New Zealand

Travel is back! It’s just the way we travel that’s a little different.

In this article we cover the most common questions about travelling to New Zealand in a Covid-19 world.

Book with Confidence

See our Covid-19 booking policy, which means if Covid-19 related government travel restrictions in either New Zealand or your home country force you to change your tour date you can transfer your deposit free of charge to another tour date.

We’re here to help

We have been operating small group tours in New Zealand since 1971 and over the years have dealt with more than a few disruptions to travel.

One of the advantages of travelling with us is that we are right here in New Zealand and can help you with information before you travel and are here to help if anything changes while you’re here.

While the borders were closed we continued to operate our small group tours showing Kiwis the four corners of their own country.

Over this time our guides and operation team have developed and honed industry leading Covid-19 safe travel procedures. 

We look forward to welcoming you to New Zealand soon.

Can I travel to New Zealand now?

Yes - New Zealand’s borders have opened and the good news is that all tourists – that’s you - can enter New Zealand.

You still have to meet all health requirements and may still require a NzETA travel authority.
For pre-departure information for travellers coming to New Zealand see this page of the New Zealand Government Covid-19 website.

What are the current Covid-19 regulations in New Zealand?

New Zealand is learning to live with Covid. We are not quite as far ahead as the EU and North America but life as we knew it pre-Covid is mostly back.

The two significant regulations are:

The NZ Government requires anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 to isolate for 7 days.

Masks are mandatory in the following places:

  • Hospitals
  • Doctors' clinics
  • Pharmacies — but not those inside supermarkets

See more information about New Zealand’s current Covid-19 regulations here

Travel insurance

We strongly recommend all travellers take out appropriate travel insurance. Talk to your insurer regarding obtaining cover for Covid-19 related disruptions or costs.

Do I need a Covid-19 test to travel to New Zealand?

A Covid-19 test is not required before travelling to New Zealand. See this section on the New Zealand Government Covid-19 website for the latest updates.

Do I need a Covid-19 vaccination to travel to New Zealand?

MoaTrek requires all travellers joining our tours to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

However, vaccination against Covid-19 is not necessary to enter New Zealand. 

This section on the NZ Govt Covid-19 website has the latest information.

What do I have to do once I’m in New Zealand?

On arrival in New Zealand you will be supplied with two free rapid antigen tests (RATs) to self test on the day of your arrival and again at Day five or Day six. MoaTrek requires everyone joining our tours to test on the day of arrival. 

The use of Face Mask rules is till required in certain health care situations, see "Current Covid-19 regulations above" and the NZ Government Covid-19 website 

Let your MoaTrek Kiwi Guide know if you’re not feeling well during your tour and follow their instructions. 

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