5 Things you need to know when planning your trip to New Zealand amidst a Global Pandemic
These are strange and difficult times we live in. Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the globe, international and even inter-city travel around the world has come to a grinding halt, with people being forced to cancel their travel plans while airline companies and global economies are suffering from huge financial losses. However, this still doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t plan for your grand NZ escapade for when all of this blows over in a few months, especially if you’re from Australia – because you might just be able to make your reservations because of the new travel bubble that we will be exploring in a moment.
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure or a bit of both, New Zealand is definitely one of the most amazing destinations in the world, with plenty of exciting and memorable things to offer ranging from bustling cities to cultural events, all the way to its stunning natural vistas. Let’s break all of this down and help you organize a memorable NZ adventure.
The creation of the “travel bubble”
While international travel is standing still for the time being around the world, some expert sources predict that creating travel bubbles and COVID-19 travel zones is the only way to kick-start the travel economy once again before the ramifications become irreversible for countries and companies that rely on the travel and hospitality industries. One such travel bubble is currently being built between Australia and New Zealand, as the prime ministers of both countries are eager to open their borders to neighboring travelers and tourists.
To achieve this goal and make international travel between the two countries a reality, though, the governments will have to lift all domestic travel bans first. Currently both Australia and New Zealand are slowly lifting local travel and inter-city travel bans while slowly easing lockdown restrictions as well, and we can expect it to gain world-wide adoption in the months to come.
Traveling to NZ from across the globe
Unfortunately, there is still no official word on the possibility of reinstating international flights to and from New Zealand for the rest of the world, so if you had made travel plans from Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Americas, you will have to postpone your trip. This is especially worrisome for traveling families, as families now have to find ways to get their money back or transfer their dates with minimal financial losses.
Family travel should be as stress-free and economic as possible, and companies around the world are doing what they can to facilitate full refunds to those who have made travel plans to NZ.
Luxury travel in highly-populated cities
While travelers from across the globe will most likely have to wait for the travel bans to be lifted sometime after December of 2020, Australian travelers will most likely be able to visit New Zealand sooner. Whether you’re an Aussie traveler or if you’re forced to way till the end of the year to visit NZ, it’s important that you start organizing your travel itinerary as soon as possible.
There are several cities across the NZ map that you need to visit if you are to experience the best that the country has to offer, so a good idea would be to consult a luxury New Zealand Travel Guide in order to find out what constitutes a luxurious trip to urban hotspots like Wellington, Auckland, and Christchurch. While there are many exciting things you can do in these and other cities, it’s best to visit all of them in order to get the full NZ experience.
Natural wonders you need to visit
Urban tourists might be drawn to the cities, but they would be remiss not to visit the sprawling natural wonders that New Zealand nurtures within its borders.
The natural spots and regions across the South and North islands are particularly appealing to couples on a romantic holiday and families that want to reconnect with nature and their loved ones. Some of the top destinations include Piha Beach outside Auckland, Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island, Lake Tekapo in the South Island, and the Coromandel Peninsula.
Plan and build your travel budget
Finally, you should always plan your travel budget carefully so that you can make every day as eventful and exciting as possible. If you’re a luxury traveler, you can expect to budget upwards of $200 per day per person, excluding accommodation, food, and adventure activities.
International travel might not be possible right now, but that doesn’t mean that you should abandon your NZ travel plans. Use this guide to organize a memorable adventure and stay on top of the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 travel rules and regulations.