Rotorua – and everywhere outside Tamaki Mākaurau – will stay at alert level 2 until at least 11:59pm next Tuesday 21 September. Auckland will remain in Level 4 until at least next Tuesday. This will be reviewed again next Monday 20 September.

  • Testing centres will be open in Rotorua and Taupō from 9am to 3pm. No appointment is needed, just drive in.
  • Rotorua: Kahukura Rugby & Sports Club, 1475 Pukuatua Street.
  • Taupō: 79 Miro Street.

Learn more about level 2 here

Click here for the Rotorua Agency Guide showing what level organisation open and what they can provide.

Locations of interest

As you know, there is a growing list of locations of interest related to this current community outbreak of COVID-19 – and it can be a bit tricky to work out what you need to do if you’re connected with one of these. Check out the locations of interest here

Click here for an easy-to-follow overview of the various scenarios and what you need to do if you fit into one of them.

Trans- Tasman bubble:

Update: Quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories has been suspended.

Return green flights from Australia to New Zealand have ended. If you are in Australia (except for in NSW), you cannot travel back to New Zealand until red flights start.

The suspension will be reviewed in September.

Trans – Tasman bubble traffic light system:

A traffic light system will be in place and is a guide on what you could be asked to do if there are COVID-19 cases in Australia when you travel.

Green light (Continue): Flights to and from Australia are likely to continue

Orange light (Pause): Travel to and from affected state or states could be paused for up to 72 hours. 

Red light (Suspend): All flights to and from impacted states will be suspended for an extended period of time.

At both orange and red lights, people returning to New Zealand may be required to get a COVID-19 test prior to departure and may need to self-isolate when they return home.

The travel bubble has been set up under a “flyer beware” arrangement – travel to and from Australia could be disrupted by COVID, so it’s really important you know what to do if that happens.

Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands:

Update: Travel to the Cook Islands is paused for the next 72 hours. Click here for updates.

You can travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands without having to go into managed isolation or self-isolation when you arrive. This is called quarantine-free travel.

Anyone in New Zealand can travel quarantine-free to the Cook Islands, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria and immigration requirements.

You can visit each country for any length of time and you do not need to stay for 14 days before you return.

For more poster resources, check out the Unite Against Covid website here.

Useful links:

  • The government’s official COVID-19 website is a comprehensive site for all you need to know about COVID-19, the news trans-Tasman bubble and the Pfizer vaccine. Find phone numbers for when you want help, advice or information here.
  • For advice and support for businesses and employees, including what to do if you are experiencing financial distress, click here.
  • For more information on the financial support packages that have been put in place by the government click here.
  • The Ministry of Health’s website has comprehensive facts and information, including the latest on confirmed cases here.
  • To find out more about the Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā – the National Māori Pandemic Group click here.
  • Check out the Karawhuia campaign which has been designed for whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • You can find information on Whānau Ora providers in the Te Arawa area and the support they can provide here.
  • Widespread testing is the best way to make sure we don’t have the COVID-19 virus in our community. Find your nearest testing centre here.
  • Like the flu, COVID-19 is usually spread from person to person. People can catch the virus through their eyes, nose or mouth – familiarise yourself with the COVID-19 symptoms here.
  • Under Alert Level 4, all social gatherings including tangihanga sadly cannot go ahead. Learn more about the process and read the Marae guidelines below.