If you, like us, have been waiting all year for news of when overseas travel restrictions would lift, you’re going to want to hear this.
While we initially thought that international travel to New Zealand and the Pacific, aka the Australia/New Zealand travel bubble, was likely to re-open back in July (LOL), we finally have some positive news to report.
New Zealand Prime Minister and all round queen Jacinda Ardern has said that trans-Tasman travel could happen before Christmas. New Years Eve in Queenstown anyone?
This comes after Australian PM Scott Morrison floated the idea in parliament last week that the bubble could operate between regions with no known COVID-19 outbreaks. That would mean a holiday OS without having to quarantine. Oh the sweet nostalgia of pre-corona travel.
Ardern said in an interview this morning with an NZ brekky show that a state-by-state approach with Australia was the easiest way travel would resume between the two nations.
“We did suggest it would be up to them (Australia), but if they did move state by state, that might free things up a little sooner,” Ardern told TVNZ1’s Breakfast. “We’ve got a strategy of having a COVID-free country, that’s our ongoing goal and way of operating, and other states have actually operated like that too, like Queensland.”
Word is the travel bubble would be open only to residents of New Zealand’s South Island (home to vineyards, towering mountains and incredible scenery), as the country still battles a few cases on the North Island. At this point, anywhere on a plane will satisfy our travel needs.
We’ll keep you updated here with more trans-tasman travel news as it drops.
To kickstart that wanderlust, here are a bunch of stunning places you had no idea were in New Zealand.
Image credit: Nils Nedel