It’s been such an emotional 24 hours for airports on either side of the ditch, with thousands of people crossing over to be reunited with families.
The New Zealand Prime Minister has confirmed that around 1,800 Australian passports were recorded coming into the country yesterday alone.
Flights arriving in Auckland were welcomed with music, performances and plenty of friends and family.
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Jacinda Ardern told The Today Show there were beautiful scenes.
The New Zealand leader predicts that much of this early traffic will be families and friends reuniting, after over a year of not being able to fly without quarantining.
However, Ms Ardern is then hopeful of a confident return to international tourism, assuring Aussies that New Zealand’s border will work like an extra Australian state.
Emotional scenes were captured at the Gold Coast Airport too, with two flights arriving yesterday alone.