2nd May 2022
Last modified on May 6th, 2022
From this month international visitors are now able to enter the country if they’re vaccinated and Covid-negative. Summer skiing awaits.
New Zealand citizens have been able to travel in and out since March, while Australians have been allowed in since April.
Now travel is open to people from more than 60 countries across the world, including the UK.
See here for the full details of NZ entry rules.
When announcing the border re-opening, the NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the country was “ready to welcome the world back”.
That includes us skiers and snowboarders.
New Zealand’s economy is heavily reliant on tourism from international visitors, and operators have said they’re looking forward to the resumption of activity.
The ski resorts are looking forward to the upcoming season that is scheduled to start in June.
Skiing in New Zealand. Image © PlanetSKI.
PlanetSKI spent two weeks in New Zealand back in 2018 touring the resorts of the South Island in a motorhome.
PlanetSKI in New Zealand. Image c/o PlanetSKI
We then headed over to Australia to sample some of its ski areas.
PlanetSKI in Perisher, Australia. Image © PlanetSKI
Thredbo, Australia. Image © PlanetSKI
New Zealand has seen 713 Covid-19 deaths from a population of five million.
The low number is attributed to its isolation strategy, as well policies of rapid testing, tracing and lockdowns.
With international visitors welcome once more the ski fields down under await.