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COVID-19 - Information for Visitors and Travellers

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Monday 27 April. New Zealand will stay in Alert Level 3 for two weeks, before Cabinet reviews how we are tracking and makes further decisions on 11 May.


Porritt Stadium in Hamilton has been set up as a COVID-19 self-isolation site for freedom campers at the request of the Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group. The stadium carpark is already a designated freedom camping site for certified self-contained vehicles.

The stadium changing rooms will be available for visitors’ use and will be cleaned daily. There will be 24-hour, seven day a week security at the site. Campers will be required to maintain physical distancing.

Porritt Stadium will remain open to freedom campers until the Council is advised otherwise by the Waikato CDEM Group.

For more information visit Hamilton City Council website


New border measures came into place on Thursday 19 March at 11.59pm as New Zealand closed its borders to everyone but citizens and residents. No foreign nationals can enter New Zealand.

If you are an overseas visitor this means you should stay in one place for the next 4 weeks if you can't get home.

If you need a safe place to stay in the Waikato, the following accommodation providers can accommodate you; Novotel Tainui Hamilton, Ibis Hamilton, Jet Park Hotel Hamilton Airport, Hidden Lake Hotel, Podium Lodge Cambridge.

For more information on travel restrictions see here. The government will have zero tolerance for people ignoring these restrictions, and police will be used to enforce them if required.

Air New Zealand is reducing its domestic and international schedules which may impact you if you are trying to return home. Please check the Air NZ website for further details, or check with your preferred airline.

Check here for more information for international visitors and tourists trying to return home.


All non-essential business will be closed from 11.59pm on 25 March - this includes bars, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds. During this time essential services will remain open. Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and government services are all classified as exempt. Find the full list of essential services here.

All schools and educational facilities will shut on Wednesday 25 March. All indoor and outdoor events are banned.

Everyone should be doing what they can to stop the spread of COVID-19 including staying over 2 meters away from anyone not in isolation with you in your isolation group.


If you have been overseas within the last 14 days and 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.

There are currently 2 Community Based Assessment Centres in the Waikato accepting both drive-throughs and walk-ins.

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

This page was last updated on 28 April at 4.00pm