17 August 2021

Lockdown Advisories


We've had to cancel most flights for the next 7 days however there are flights operating tomorrow to allow people to return home. For full details, please visit airchathams.co.nz.  We apologise for the inconvenience caused but look forward to resuming our schedule as soon as possible.

Due to the implementation of Level 4 from 11.59pm midnight tonight 17th August 2021 Lockdown procedures will commence from tomorrow morning. 

Great Barrier Island 

Only residents can travel to Great Barrier island. It must be your primary place of residence. You are unable to travel to your holiday home during level 4. All travel must be approved by Aotea Health. We will operate our schedule as per published tomorrow. We will be operating our freighter and essential personal service throughout the 1 week lockdown. This will include NZ Post and medical samples. 

Additional information:

Please make sure that you have your E ticket for access to Auckland Airport. You must use Door 3 for access.  You must wear a face mask on on all flights. We will be socially distancing our cabins and blocking out the middle row.  


Flights will operate tomorrow 18th and potentially 19th August. Services will suspended until a reduction of lock down levels which hopefully will be next Wednesday. 

North Shore 

All services suspended until next Wednesday.

Following the Prime Minister's announcement today of Level 4 Alert (17 August 2021) flights will continue to operate as scheduled over the next 48 hours. As our staff are busy working through the affected services in order of departure we ask at this time if you would like to contact us please do so via email and include your booking number. People not wishing to travel on affected services can have their fares held in credit (including Special fare's) as per the fare class terms and conditions.  We will wave any admin fee for these passengers. If you are travelling in the next 48 hours we ask that your please remember to bring your face mask with you to the airport. Originair would like to thank all our guests who have flights booked during this Alert Level 4 lock-down for your understanding and support.


The government has issued an Alert Level 4 Lockdown nationwide, from 1159pm tonight. We will be operating our scheduled flights as normal tomorrow, to provide options for customers specifically returning home. If you no longer need to travel, please email info@soundsair.com and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. If you have not heard from us, don't panic! Our team is very busy prioritising customers needing immediate attention. Thank you for your patience and understanding . We hope that we can help our valued customers get home safely, to the best of our ability, over the coming days. Please remember, face masks remain mandatory! Stay safe & be kind 🧡

Thank you to all of our customers for their understanding over the last 24 hours as we help people get where they need to be. If you are a resident returning home to the island or need to return from the island within the 48 period you have until the end of today. Feel free to give us a call as we still have some flights available.  If you have travel booked with us over the rest of the lockdown period and are no longer able to travel please send us an email at info@stewartislandflights.co.nz rather than calling. We will be prioritising requests based on the date of travel, so please be patient as our team will get back to you as soon as they can. While Southland is at Level 4 we will continue to operate as an essential air service but only for essential travel. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Face masks remain mandatory on all flights. Stay safe and be kind.

COVID 19 UPDATE: As with all of New Zealand for the next few days, Sunair is in lockdown with all non essential flights on hold until we are back at a minimum of Level 2 (if you need to return home, please let us know). Great Barrier Island is part of the Auckland region so this will be inaccessible for Sunair flights for at least the next week under our normal schedule. As we receive more information we will update here. If you have a flight booked with us that is affected by these changes, we will be in touch. Stay safe all and try to enjoy some extra time at home with your loved ones.

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