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Trans-Tasman Bubble Benefits NZ

Published: Thu 29 Apr 2021 08:31 AM
More people have entered New Zealand than have left since the opening of the trans-Tasman bubble, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.
Since the first flight from Australia to New Zealand took off from Sydney to Auckland on 19 April, the two-way Tasman travel arrangement has been in New Zealand’s favour on a ratio of 3 to 2.
Daily movements across the border data tracked by Stats NZ shows that in the first nine days of the bubble, New Zealand welcomed over 30,000 international arrivals, with just over 20,000 people departing over the same period.
Most of the arrivals and departures travelled between New Zealand and Australia quarantine-free.
While these early numbers are promising, TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says the highest number of arrivals were on the first two days, as friends and family were reunited.
“It was incredibly moving to see friends and family reconnecting those first momentous days of the borders reopening,” says Mr Roberts. “Hopefully, the early success of the bubble will give people confidence to travel for leisure.
“Many of our Australian neighbours will be needing an adventure by now, and it’s great to see some are already heading over to enjoy themselves.”
However, Mr Roberts says the volume is a long way below normal traffic movements. “Over the same nine days in 2019, there were 177,000 arrivals into New Zealand and 191,000 departures.”
International Arrivals and Departures since the two-way Tasman bubble opened:ArrivalsDepartures19 April 20214809273020 April 20214611170121 April 20212103129622 April 20213933248423 April 20214155275424 April 20212994188425 April 20212655272126 April 20213411287127 April 2021226523559 day total30,93620,796

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