Advice on travelling and Alert Level requirements if you are in Northland, or you want to travel to Northland.

You can only travel into, out of, or through Auckland for permitted travel. This includes flights that depart from or land in Auckland Airport. Permitted travel across an Alert Level boundary does not include going for a holiday.

However, if you are in Northland, you can go for a holiday in another Alert Level 2 area, as long as you can get there without going into, out of, or through Auckland.

If you are in an Alert Level 2 area, you can travel to Northland for a holiday as long as you can get there without going into, out of, or through Auckland.

Northland is at Alert Level 2

If you are in Northland, you need to follow the guidance for Alert Level 2.

What to do at Alert Level 2

Travelling within Northland

At Alert Level 2, there are no restrictions on travelling within the Northland region. Make sure you travel in a safe way:

  • Do not travel to events that do not meet the requirements for gatherings at Alert Level 2.
  • If you are unwell, stay at home — unless you are getting a COVID-19 test.
  • Keep track of who you have been in contact with.
  • Practise good hygiene habits.
  • Do not travel if you have been asked to self-isolate.

Travelling into, out of, or through Auckland

You can travel into, out of, or through Auckland if you are:

  • accessing a COVID-19 vaccine, if the vaccine facility is the nearest one to your home
  • accessing a health service with an appointment
  • accessing judicial institutions if required or permitted, for example a court, tribunal or New Zealand Parole Board hearing 
  • accompanying others if their travel is permitted in this list
  • caring for pets or other animals (but only if a breach of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 could result if the care were not provided)
  • collecting someone from MIQ, or from an international airport if they do not need to enter MIQ
  • collecting someone to accompany them to their home if they are leaving or relocating their home on a court order, or after their period of detention or determination ends
  • going home after your time in MIQ ends, or you are going home after arriving at an international airport and you do not need to enter MIQ
  • going to your home in Auckland (only one way — you will not be able to return to Northland while Auckland remains at Alert Level 4)
  • in an emergency — to preserve your or another person’s life or safety
  • leaving New Zealand, to go to an airport or port from which you are leaving New Zealand
  • leaving or relocating your home after a period of detention or determination
  • leaving or relocating your home from a hospital, residential health service or residential care
  • leaving or relocating your home on a court order, etc
  • maintaining a shared bubble arrangement in the same or adjacent district (adjacent means next to)
  • maintaining a shared caregiver arrangement in the same or adjacent district (adjacent means next to)
  • providing care or support to someone in a critical or terminal condition (if no one else in the same area can provided the care or support needed)
  • providing urgent care for a child (if no one else in the same area can provided the care needed)
  • working for an Alert Level 4 business or service
  • you are going to the airport to travel elsewhere in New Zealand — your reason for travel must be permitted in this list.

Note that a holiday is not a permitted reason to travel into, out of, or through Auckland.

This list is a summary of permitted travel across the Alert Level boundary. You also must have evidence that you are permitted to travel. Read our full guidance on permitted travel, and evidence you must have:

Travelling straight across Auckland

If you are travelling straight across Auckland, there are some extra reasons you can travel, in addition to what is listed above.

You can travel across the boundary in 1 trip (as long as your place of departure and destination are not in Auckland, and it is necessary to travel) if you are:

  • going to or returning from work
  • going to your main home
  • relocating your main home or your business premises on a permanent or long-term basis
  • attending an education entity
  • going to a funeral or tangihanga, or a wedding or civil union
  • collecting or accompanying a tūpāpaku or deceased person.

Note that a holiday is not a permitted reason to travel into, out of, or through Auckland.

If you are travelling straight across Auckland, you must travel without stopping as much as possible. You must not stop, so far as reasonably practicable, on your journey. You can stop in an emergency, to use a toilet or get petrol, but you must follow Alert Level 4 guidance.

Public toilets open at Alert Level 4 in Auckland (external link)

This list is a summary of permitted travel across the Alert Level boundary. You should have evidence of the purpose of your travel and destination. Read our full guidance on permitted travel, and evidence you should have:

Flying into, or out of, Auckland Airport

You can travel into Auckland to fly out of Auckland Airport only if your travel is permitted.

You can fly from Kerikeri into Auckland Airport to transit on your way elsewhere in New Zealand, but only if your travel is permitted. You can then fly out of Auckland, or you can use other means of transport, for example public transport or private car.

Note that a holiday is not a permitted reason to travel into, out, or through Auckland.

The permitted reasons to travel are listed in the Travelling across the Alert Level boundary into Auckland section of this page:

Travelling into, out of, or through Auckland

Travelling to other Alert Level 2 regions

At Alert Level 2, there are no restrictions on travelling anywhere that is at Alert Level 2. However, people in Northland may find it difficult to travel to other Alert Level 2 areas, as they can only travel through Auckland if their travel is permitted. 

If you are in Northland, you can travel anywhere that is at Alert Level 2 for any reason as long as you do not go into, out of, or through Auckland. If you must go into, out of, or through Auckland, then your travel must be permitted. 

If you want to travel to Northland and you live in an Alert Level 2 area, you can travel there for any reason as long as you do not go into, out of, or through Auckland.

The permitted reasons to travel are listed in the Travelling across the Alert Level boundary into Auckland section of this page:

Travelling into, out of, or through Auckland

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