New Zealand and COVID-19 (updated 12 Oct. 2021)
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.
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.
However, we won't forever be looking at the world through a window. You should know that New Zealand announced a possible opening of its borders for vaccinated travellers in the 1st quarter of 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.