Aotearoa New Zealand moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system), at 11:59pm on Thursday 2 December, 2021. The whole of the South Island is at the ‘Orange’ setting.

Scheduled domestic and general aviation flights are operating at Wānaka Airport (WKA) under the orange framework. 

If you have an existing flight booking with a business or airline located at Wānaka Airport, please contact them directly or refer to their website for flight information.

This page will be updated regularly.

Important information for travellers under Orange at Wānaka Airport

  • From 15 December, Sounds Air will require all passengers to present either My Vaccine Pass or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure in either the form of a text message or letter from a medical professional.
  • The use of a face covering/mask is required when inside public spaces and when travelling on all flights. When you arrive at the airport, please continue to wear your mask or face covering after disembarking until you have cleared the public areas.
  • Anyone entering the airport precinct is required to sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer app. Manual sign in will also be available at the Wānaka Airport Operations Centre.
  • Please maintain good hygiene and use the hand sanitiser stations.
  • If you or someone you are travelling with is not feeling well, please do not enter airport precinct or travel.

Important information for airport users

  • When using common user facilities such as fuel pumps, airside barrier arm keypads, and access gates, please use the hand sanitiser prior to and after use or wear disposable gloves. Hand sanitiser is located around the airport including access gates and fuel pumps.
  • Remember to regularly clean all ‘high-touch’ surfaces – these include counter tops, tabletops, door handles, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards and tablets.

Working together

Wānaka Airport’s priority is the health, well-being, safety and security of our people, customers and community. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation, working closely with other airports, the airlines, the Southern District Health Board, and the wider airport community to ensure consistent protocols are in place so that safe domestic travel and aviation activity can take place within New Zealand.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this time.

Please observe the ‘Golden Rules’ 

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate, you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

Helpful resources:

New Zealand Government travel advice

New Zealand Government COVID-19 website

Southern Health COVID-19 website

Foreign embassies and consulates in New Zealand

Need a COVID-19 Test in the district? Contact your GP or call O800 VIRUS-19 (0800 847 8719)

Healthline’s national dedicated COVID-19 number: 0800 358 5453