As of today, New Zealand have dropped their lockdown restrictions to Level 2, meaning domestic travel is a go!


Hey New Zealand, is your pack ready? Is your car boot full? Did you air out your tent? Because from today domestic travel and outdoor activities are back on the cards. 

The country’s dropped its lockdown restrictions to Alert Level 2, allowing all Department of Conservation campgrounds and huts to reopen; with more routes being added to the domestic flight service. 

Travel between regions and islands is permitted, given that groups stick to just 10 people. 

Travellers are encouraged to minimise the number of places they stop on the way to their final destination – so no pulling over every 20 minutes to pee! There’s also advice to keep tabs on the travel services you use and to keep your distance from people you don’t know. 


Gertrude Saddle is the True Gem of Fiordland National Park, Arden Haar, Milford Sound, Black Lake, woman, hike, mountain

The hike to Gertrude Saddle in Milford Sound – uploaded yesterday to the NZ Adventure Hub.


If you’re heading out camping (who isn’t?) be sure to be extra clean when using public facilities and to BYO hand sanitiser and mask. 

The DOC has stated that accommodation bookings for the rest of the season (until June 30, 2020) will recommence today. Numbers for bookings will be capped at 10 people and physical distancing will still be required, so make sure you pack your tent!

If you’re stinging to bag some peaks and hike hut-to-hut in the coming season (1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021) keep an eye out! Bookings are set to open sometime in June. This includes any bookings for the Great Walks, and you just know they’re going to fill up quick!

In addition to hiking and camping, the New Zealand Government has listed biking, boating and motorised watersports as permitted adventure activities. 

So what the heck are you waiting for? Get back out there! Go on, get!


Head to our New Zealand Adventure Hub to start planning your trip! #ExploreYourBackyard


Photo by @matthewbettinaglio