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My sister and BIL have today after over 3 hours on hold to Qantas were eventually able to change their flight booking to ZQN to go via MEL rather than SYD.

Maybe if I change my license and address to vic and stayed in vic I could get over the ditch.
 

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Was meant to be flying into Queenstown and meeting mates from Sydney on 20/8 for a week in Wanaka (TC and Cardrona), then fly to Wellington for a week at Ohakune, drive to Auckland and fly home.

What to do
 

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Was meant to be flying into Queenstown and meeting mates from Sydney on 20/8 for a week in Wanaka (TC and Cardrona), then fly to Wellington for a week at Ohakune, drive to Auckland and fly home.

What to do

Sydney guys will likely have a problem getting there. One advantage of being in Adelaide is that we do have the option of switch flights to go via Melbourne or Sydney or direct to Auckland (but fewer flights). My sister managed to change her flight to go via Melbourne rather than Sydney. Just need to keep the plague out of Vic & SA.
 
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TOFF

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Sydney guys will likely have a problem getting there. One advantage of being in Adelaide is that we do have the option of switch flights to go via Melbourne or Sydney or direct to Auckland (but fewer flights). My sister managed to change her flight to go via Melbourne rather than Sydney. Just need to keep the plague out of Vic & SA.
Yeah we're pretty sure they wont be going but happy to still wait another couple of week hoping for a dramatic turnaround.
Maybe I'll just do a week in Qtown and see who else I can convince to join me at short notice.
 

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Originally travelling from Tassie to Queenstown via Sydney in mid August but have now changed booking to go via Melbourne.
Here's hoping everything runs to plan.
 
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Originally travelling from Tassie to Queenstown via Sydney in mid August but have now changed booking to go via Melbourne.
Here's hoping everything runs to plan.
Which airline are you travelling on?
 

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Seems at the moment that the safest place to go skiing is NZ. Seeing they have the bug pretty contained. Sth Island seems to be even better.
 
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effing NSW removalists have now infected people in Melbourne. Thanks Gladys. :mad:
Hope they quickly jump on top of it in Melbourne which I know they will.
But had a quick look at ADL-AKL flights as a contingency - run Wed or Fri which could still work.
 
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effing NSW removalists have now infected people in Melbourne. Thanks Gladys. :mad:
Hope they quickly jump on top of it in Melbourne which I know they will.
But had a quick look at ADL-AKL flights as a contingency - run Wed or Fri which could still work.
If SA close the border to Vic I’ll have to look at this option as I currently have to stay overnight in Melbourne on my way to Queenstown with Jetstar.

Pretty sure I can do some last minute changes with leave at work if I need to. Of course that’s if NZ doesn’t close to all of Australia (can’t say I’d blame them to be honest).
 
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NZ Covid Response Minister has just said this evening that anyone planning to travel from NZ to Victoria should postpone if possible and anyone currently in Victoria should head home now if they aren’t able to sustain themselves for the duration (however long it may be) of a travel pause. Sounds like he will pull the pin tomorrow if the situation in Melbourne worsens.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/he...erned-about-bubble-pause-should-get-home-asap
 
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NZ Covid Response Minister has just said this evening that anyone planning to travel from NZ to Victoria should postpone if possible and anyone currently in Victoria should head home now if they aren’t able to sustain themselves for the duration (however long it may be) of a travel pause. Sounds like he will pull the pin tomorrow if the situation in Melbourne worsens.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/he...erned-about-bubble-pause-should-get-home-asap
They pulled the plug on Queensland for 2 cases
Vic has 7
 
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Well West Coast South Island is going to be very wet these next couple of days. Expecting up to 350 - 400mm on the ranges. Won't be pleasant or great for hiking in that! On the upside hopefully some good snow up high.
 

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Well West Coast South Island is going to be very wet these next couple of days. Expecting up to 350 - 400mm on the ranges. Won't be pleasant or great for hiking in that! On the upside hopefully some good snow up high.
Not sure whether to hope for good or bad snow weather at the moment. Meant to be travelling from Adelaide to Qtn in two weeks. If my trip gets cancelled at least it won’t sting as much of the snow is crap!
 

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Sadly, I cancelled all our NZ accom, heli, car, for our 1 August trip.
Remarkably easy and quick, and the people just seem resigned to the turmoil and loss of revenue.

I was hoping to maybe reschedule to late Aug but the way NSW is going Jacinda won't allow anyone in until 2022.
 
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Sadly, I cancelled all our NZ accom, heli, car, for our 1 August trip.
Remarkably easy and quick, and the people just seem resigned to the turmoil and loss of revenue.

I was hoping to maybe reschedule to late Aug but the way NSW is going Jacinda won't allow anyone in until 2022.
Sad that you had to cancel but at least the process was painless.

My trip is booked for 1 August. Here in SA at least it’s still a chance.
 
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Mutter, mutter, mutter...

Latest update — 16 July 2021​

  • You can travel quarantine-free to New Zealand from ACT, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.
  • Quarantine-free travel from Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) is paused.
  • You cannot travel to New Zealand on a quarantine-free flight from elsewhere in Australia if you were in NSW after 10:30pm (NZT) on 26 June 2021, or if you were in Victoria after 1:59am (NZT) on Friday 16 July.
  • You cannot transit through NSW or Victoria by air or land to get to New Zealand.
  • You'll need a negative pre-departure test to enter New Zealand if you have been in Australia for more than 72 hours.
Pre-departure test requirements

Travel information for Victoria

Travel information for NSW

Option #1 - Give up all hope of skiing in NZ, cancel leave, flights, accommodation and car rental
Option #1a - Keep skiing NSW resorts until we can't
Option #1c - Ski ACT BC until we can't

Option #2 - Book accommodation in Jindy for 2 weeks, keep skiing NSW resorts until we can't

Option #3 - See if "You cannot travel to New Zealand on a quarantine-free flight from elsewhere in Australia if you were in NSW after 10:30pm (NZT) on 26 June 2021" changes at all during the week. If it does and could be eligible for NZ entry, cease all resort skiing in NSW. Find a flight from ACT that gets to CHC without going through NSW or VIC or anywhere else plague ridden

Option #4 - Plague in ACT. Rant and rage at NSW and VIC residents on forums. Get the hiking gear out. Go and hide out in Namadgi.
 
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So a few days ago I got an email from Qantas saying they had cancelled the 6am ADL/MEL flight and updated my booking to the next flight at 9am. Which of course is totally useless as I had a connecting 9am MEL/WLG flight which obviously is now NOT connecting. This would mean flying to Melbourne the previous day and overnighting, but I wasn't able to change booking online and they were saying not to call due to high volumes unless flight was in next few days.

So I had another look at the direct ADL/AKL option with Air NZ. These flights run Wed, Fri & Sun. Actually works well for me as I had already got the previous day off, gets me to Wellington on the day, so get a bonus day there and avoids having to worry about situation in Victoria for now. Now we just need to control the borders and keep the plague out of SA!
 

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So a few days ago I got an email from Qantas saying they had cancelled the 6am ADL/MEL flight and updated my booking to the next flight at 9am. Which of course is totally useless as I had a connecting 9am MEL/WLG flight which obviously is now NOT connecting. This would mean flying to Melbourne the previous day and overnighting, but I wasn't able to change booking online and they were saying not to call due to high volumes unless flight was in next few days.

So I had another look at the direct ADL/AKL option with Air NZ. These flights run Wed, Fri & Sun. Actually works well for me as I had already got the previous day off, gets me to Wellington on the day, so get a bonus day there and avoids having to worry about situation in Victoria for now. Now we just need to control the borders and keep the plague out of SA!
Good work! Hoping Jetstar cancels my flights so I can do something similar (also I’m Adelaide).

When do you leave?
 

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Good work! Hoping Jetstar cancels my flights so I can do something similar (also I’m Adelaide).

When do you leave?

Wed Jul 28 12:15 NZ192
I still have to call Qantas later before departure to cancel the QF ADL/MEL/WLG flights. Still coming back QF ZQN/MEL/ADL.

FYI ADL/AKL flights run Wed, Fri & Sun
AKL/ADL 08:40/11:05 NZ191
ADL/AKL 12:15/18:55 NZ192
 
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Still no comment about cancelling NZ bubble with SA?. I guess its early days
 

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Hi @Red_switch is there any correlation between the floods on the west coast and rising ocean temperatures in the Tasman Sea.
The present weather patterns are weird to say the least. As you appear to have been well educated on these matters I appreciate your thoughts. Thanks
 

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Hi @Red_switch is there any correlation between the floods on the west coast and rising ocean temperatures in the Tasman Sea.
The present weather patterns are weird to say the least. As you appear to have been well educated on these matters I appreciate your thoughts. Thanks
Wrong thread :thumbs:
 

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Yes an 81 year old returning from Argentina via 2 weeks in QH/hospital in Sydney with his daughter who has also tested positive as well as another close contact.
Probably not the right thread to comment, but Id like to know if they where negative when the arrived at HQ?
 

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Probably not the right thread to comment, but Id like to know if they where negative when the arrived at HQ?
Yes they had tested negative in their time in Sydney. They returned to SA before the restrictions on Sydney were put in place.
And yes there is a specific SA thread for this.
 

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Not totally unexpected.

Important information about your flight​

We've announced further network changes in response to the ongoing Coronavirus situation and as a result we've had to cancel your flight QF137 from Sydney at 8:50AM on 06Aug2021.
 
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Not totally unexpected.

Important information about your flight​

We've announced further network changes in response to the ongoing Coronavirus situation and as a result we've had to cancel your flight QF137 from Sydney at 8:50AM on 06Aug2021.
Damn! Sorry for you!
 

kja

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Has been relaxed slightly at least (for now)

https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/quarantine-free-travel/australia/


Latest update — 20 July
  • Quarantine-free travel from Victoria to New Zealand remains paused. The Government will review the pause on Wednesday 21 July.
  • If you were in New South Wales (NSW)after 10:30pm (NZT) on 26 June 2021 or in Victoria after 1:59am (NZT) on 16 July, you can travel to New Zealand from elsewhere on a quarantine-free flight as long as you were not in either state in the 14 days before your flight. You must also meet all conditions for flying quarantine-free.
 

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Hi @Red_switch is there any correlation between the floods on the west coast and rising ocean temperatures in the Tasman Sea.
The present weather patterns are weird to say the least. As you appear to have been well educated on these matters I appreciate your thoughts. Thanks
The short answer is: yes, sort of. The long answer is: yes, sort of, but not really, it's complicated. I'll try to remember to come back to this - it's interesting stuff!
 
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