Good News for Travel Lovers: New Zealand-Australian trans-Tasman travel ‘bubble’ will open

From 16 October 2020, New Zealanders will be the first international visitors allowed to travel, quarantine-free, to New South Wales and the Northern Territory as long as they have not been in a designated COVID-19 hotspot.

The travel bubble starts with these two states since NSW has seen low levels of community transmission, whereas the NT has officially declared clinically COVID-19 free for months.

Good News for Travel Lovers: New Zealand-Australian trans-Tasman travel ‘bubble’ will open

So then, when can Australians travel to New Zealand?

The prospect of Australians travelling to New Zealand is further away since the New Zealand government is yet to allow quarantine-free entry to their country.

Will the one-way travel bubble deliver the economic results?

The travel bubble is a boost for tourism as well as economy and trade. This deal provides a pathway through New Zealand for Pacific Islanders to come and work on farming and agricultural sectors in Australia.

What are the other potential travel bubbles?

The Federal Government is working on a plan to expand the travel bubbles to other countries where COVID-19 is now well contained including Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

What should travel lovers do?

There is no “one size fits all” budget for all. It will vary on your travel style and your favourite activities but the average price for a 7-day trip to Australia is A$1,400 (Approx. NZD$1,580) for solo travellers, A$2,000 (Approx. NZD$2,250) for a couple. In general, most items cost the same as what you would pay in New Zealand.

If you are from a non COVID-19 hotspot in New Zealand, you can plan a trip to NSW or NT, quarantine free, from 16 October 2020.

Normal visa requirements will apply and travellers returning to New Zealand from Australia will be required to comply with New Zealand’s travel requirements.

The key to a smooth, headache-free trip is being prepared. Taking care of essential tasks like airfares, hotel accommodation, travel cash and rental cars is important.

How much to budget for your Australia trip?

There is no “one size fits all” budget for all. It will vary on your travel style and your favourite activities but the average price for a 7-day trip to Australia is A$1,400 (Approx. NZD$1,580) for solo travellers, A$2,000 (Approx. NZD$2,250) for a couple. In general, most items cost the same as what you would pay in New Zealand.

  • – Accommodation cost: ranges from A$35 to A$240 per night.
  • – Coffee: A$4     
  • – Water: A$2.50 (0.33 litre bottle)
  • – Food: A$11 to A$35 per meal
  • – Taxi 1 km (normal start): A$4.20
  • – Public transport: A$15 to A$55 per week

Where to find the best currency exchange rates in Australia?

You do not need to convert New Zealand Dollar into Australian dollar before you depart to lock in a great exchange rate.

Simply update First Eastern’s FX daily money exchange rates at www.fefx.com.au, then head to our nationwide stores (including in NSW and NT) to buy Aussie dollars using your New Zealand dollars for the best-rate guarantee. Of all the banks and currency exchange companies in Australia, First Eastern FX has the best exchange rates for New Zealand dollar and other major currencies like US dollars and euros.

You can also order travel money online and pick it up easily in one of our conveniently located stores around Australia.

Visit www.fefx.com.au to update NZD to AUD rates, NZD exchange rates.