Travelling to New Zealand at the time of COVID (updated 21 Jan. 2022)
December to March
The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you just want to spend your vacation in New Zealand, you will not be able to do so as of this moment. Currently, even the exception is lifted for those who arrive by air from Australia. However, travel to New Zealand is possible from the Cook Islands if you have spent the previous 14 days there. You can find more information for travellers from Australia here and for travellers from the Cook Islands here.
However, we won't forever be looking at the world through a window. Fully vaccinated international travellers will be probably allowed to enter New Zealand from 30 April 2022, but still have to self-isolate for about 7 days upon arrival. For passengers arriving from Australia New Zealand may possibly re-open by the end of February 2022. So, when the time is right to explore New Zealand again or if you count yourself among those lucky ones who can already travel to New Zealand as of now, your itinerary is ready.
Except for travellers from the Cook Islands who meet the above criteria, if allowed to enter New Zealand, travellers from all countries are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed isolation and quarantine is mandatory. You must obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming your place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight. Please note that you will most probably need to contribute to the costs of your managed isolation.