FAMILIES reunited yesterday when New Zealand finally reopened its borders for the first time since the Kovid strike.
Islands have been closed since early 2020, but yesterday visitors from 60 countries, including the UK and US, were allowed to return.
Maori Cultural performers sang songs at the gates of arrival in Auckland when the first flights arrived from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Travelers were also presented with popular chocolate bars of local production.
New Zealand had some of the toughest curbs in the world during the pandemic.
The country has only recently begun to mitigate increasingly unpopular measures.
This was done in the hope of intensifying tourism and alleviating labor shortages Omicron option widespread domestically.
Tourists from a number of countries, including India and China, are still banned.
Restrictions for them will not be lifted until October.