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

Visiting New Zealand in a post Covid world

This article is for people considering visiting New Zealand once travel restrictions are lifted in their own country and here in 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 world learning to live with Covid-19.

Book with Confidence

See our Covid-19 booking assurance 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 best parts 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?

You can travel to New Zealand now if you meet the criteria.

New Zealand’s borders have begun to open and the good news is that from 1 August 2022 all tourists – that’s you - and visa holders can enter New Zealand.

Cruise ships can enter New Zealand from the same date.

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

What is the current Covid-19 situation 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 we are opening up again at pace. 

Life as we knew it pre Covid is mostly back. We have large scale events going ahead such as sports events. We can eat out, visit retail stores, travel, and do most of the things we used to do.

We operate under a Covid Safety Framework using traffic light settings.

Our current setting is Orange and you need to follow the health and safety requirements for this setting. 

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

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend all travellers take out appropriate travel insurance. Talk to your insurer to understand if you are covered for any Covid-19 related disruptions or costs.

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

Most travellers are currently required to complete a pre departure test – but the government intends to remove this requirement by 1 August 2022. 

See this section on the New Zealand Government Covid-19 website for the latest updates on who needs to be tested before travelling.

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

Vaccination is one of the key requirements for visiting New Zealand.

This requirement may change over time, refer to this section on the NZ Govt Covid-19 website for the latest.

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

Once you’re cleared to come, it’s really important you understand our Face Mask rules and other requirements.

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

Please note that travelling on a MoaTrek tour coach is not considered public transport and therefore wearing a mask on board is not mandatory.

See more information on the NZ Government Covid-19 website about how to keep yourself safe while in New Zealand.

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