Public, private and active transport

Travel in New Zealand will change. We are asking everyone to limit their movement around the country to help us contain COVID-19.

Public transport

Public transport is only available for people working in essential services, and for the general public to access essential services (eg for medical reasons or to get to the supermarket).

Ferry services, road and rail will still be available for the transport of essential goods.

Driving in private vehicles is allowed.

FAQs are available from the New Zealand Transport Agency(external link)

Private vehicles and active travel

Using private vehicles for transport is allowed. You can travel if you’re accessing essential services or if you’re an essential worker travelling to, from or as part of your essential work. You should only travel in your car with people from your household.

Personal walks and other active travel like cycling or scootering, is fine, provided you keep a 2-metre distance from anybody outside of your household. Stick to simple outdoor exercise and avoid areas where you can get injured or lost. It’s important the emergency services remain available to support the response to COVID-19.

Remember, any unnecessary travel may spread COVID-19.

Transport for those who are unwell

If you have any COVID-19 related concerns please call Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice before you travel.

To help limit the spread of any virus, those who are unwell should stay at home. If you’re unwell and must travel, private transport is required. If that’s not possible, call Healthline for guidance first (0800 358 5453).

Transport during level 4

Any questions relating to transport should go to the Ministry of Transport at, or on 04 439 9000.

Ministry of Transport guidance on transport during level 4(external link)

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