Golden ticket: the lucky tourists sitting out coronavirus in New Zealand

Posted by on January 1, 2021 2:00 pm
Categories: Global Stories

Visitors from UK and North America tell of finding themselves with a pass to one of the best-rated pandemic responses in the world

For Christmas 2019 Efrain Vega de Varona gave his partner plane tickets to New Zealand – her dream holiday destination. It has proved a gift that keeps on giving.

A year later they are still in New Zealand, having decided to stay put at the end of their two-week holiday in mid-March rather than return to Los Angeles. “We’ve been living out of two suitcases for 10 months,” says Vega de Varona from their latest Airbnb rental (number 50-something this year) in Island Bay, Wellington.

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