The Auckland region is now as Alert Level 1 as of midnight Wednesday 7 October. 

  • If you are unwell, stay at home and do not travel.
  • If you become unwell while you’re on holiday, stay at your accommodation and call Healthline - 0800 358 5453, a GP, or Nurse Practitioner who can advise whether you should be tested. If you are advised to get a test, please do so; DO NOT WAIT until you get home to get tested.
  • Continue to sign into places using the NZ COVID tracer app or keep a record of where you’ve been and when. This is especially important when on holiday because you may not remember all the locations you have visited.
  • Maintain good hygiene practices, including washing and drying your hands, or by using hand sanitser. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

For more information on New Zealand’s alert levels and what they mean, visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.


If you are in Auckland and have any cold or flu-like symptoms, you should get a COVID-19 test.

The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • New or worsening cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Temporary loss of smell
  • Runny nose.

If you have one or more of these symptoms, get tested.


It is free to get a COVID-19 test. You will get sent a text message only if your test result is negative. If your test result is positive, Public Health will call you with advice on what to do next.

  1. Call your family doctor FIRST to get a COVID-19 test. It is completely FREE if you say you’re just needing a test. If your family doctor is busy, they will recommend another family doctor that can test you.
  2. You can also visit a designated GP clinic to get tested. You don’t need to be enrolled to get tested at these clinics.
  3. Another option is to visit an Urgent Care Clinic - some of these are open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
  4. Your final option is to visit a Community testing centre.

You can also call Healthline for advice on 0800 358 5453. This is a free, 24/7 service with interpreters available.

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