The Waikato region is now at Orange. For more information visit →

COVID-19 - Important Information

The Waikato region is now at Orange.

Below is a summary of what this means for people residing in or visiting the region. 

At Red, everyone can continue to do everyday activities, but we need to take action to protect our vulnerable communities and our health system from COVID-19:

  • You will be legally required to provide your My Vaccine Pass to enter places that have vaccination requirements in place under the traffic light system. This may include hospitality venues, events, gatherings and gyms.
  • Stay at home if you’re sick and get a test if you have symptoms.
  • Maintain good hygiene - wash your hands, sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. 
  • Face coverings are mandatory at some places such as public transport, retail and special social services.
  • Keep a safe distance from people you do not know in public.
  • You can travel around New Zealand  and stay at accommodation at Red. There are no boundaries under the traffic lights
  • Hospitality venues and public facilities can open at Red with requirements and restrictions. 
  • Events can go ahead with My Vaccine Pass requirements and restriction.

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Information for businesses

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Where you can find help

If you have develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath, phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP (you must phone ahead of your visit).

If you are too unwell to travel then phone 111 for an ambulance.

Waikato DHB has set up Community Based Assessment Centres throughout the Waikato. These centres are for assessment and testing if you have symptoms of COVID-19. The centres are open every day.

Find more information and Community Based Assessment Centres locations here:

See the latest health information, advice and updates;

  • The Ministry of Health advice is here
  • New Zealand Government information is available here
  • Hamilton City Council’s updates are available here
  • Waikato District Council’s updates are available here