The positive Covid-19 traveller to Wellington visited to Te Papa, an inner city bar and a central city pharmacy, among locations of interest identified by the Ministry of Health.

Covid-19 Wellington locations of interest: Te Papa Surrealist Art ExhibitionThe positive Covid-19 tourist went to an exhibition in Te Papa and visited an inner Wellington bar and a central city pharmacy on Saturday. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas



The man, who along with his partner spent the weekend the capital as a tourist, tested positive for the virus on return to Australia.

Four close contacts in New Zealand have been identified and are isolating.

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The Ministry of Health has released the first six locations visited by the tourists.

Locations of interest

  • Qantas Flight QF163 Sydney to Wellington, arrived at Wellington International Airport 19 June at 12.05am – Close Contact
  • Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston Street, Pipitea, Wellington 12am 19 June to 9:10am 21 June – Casual Plus
  • Unichem Wellington Central Pharmacy, 204 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 19 June 10.38am to 11:48am – Casual Plus
  • Te Papa Tongarewa – general, 55 Cable Street, Wellington, 19 June 3:05pm to 5:45pm – Casual
  • Te Papa Tongarewa – Exhibition Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 55 Cable Street, Wellington, 19 June 4pm to 5:45pm – Close Contact
  • Jack Hackett’s Bar, 5 Inglewood Place, Wellington, 19 June 8:45pm to 12 am – Close Contact


Covid-19 Wellington locations of interest: Jack Hackett's Irish PubThe visitor went to Jack Hackett’s Irish Pub on Saturday evening Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas


What to do

Anyone at the locations classified as a ‘close contact’ should isolate or quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure, get tested immediately (unless it’s within 1 day of their next scheduled test) and on day 5 after last exposure and day 12 after last exposure, and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Updates on the locations of interest are on the Ministry of Health website here.

Te Papa said it was closing for the day after three contacts of Covid cases visited on Saturday.

Unichem Wellington director Bronwen Shepherd said staff who may have served the Sydney visitor are in isolation and will be getting tested as soon as possible.

“The day of exposures was Saturday and we only have a really small team on so we are following the guidance for businesses.

“They are classed as casual plus contacts and they’ll be staying at home until they get a negative test back.”

Covid-19 Wellington locations of interest: Unichem Wellington Central Pharmacy Lambton QuayStaff who worked on Saturday at Unichem’s Wellington central pharmacy were isolating and would stay away from work until they received a negative test result, the pharmacy director said. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas


Shepherd said the Lambton Quay pharmacy was open on Wednesday as according to ministry advice its daily cleaning practices would be sufficient to kill any virus.

The pharmacy will be able to help with contact-tracing through prescriptions and other means, even if customers did not scan in, she said.

The New South Wales health authority last night also listed the return flight to Sydney in its alert, saying all passengers should be considered close contacts.

It was Air New Zealand NZ247, which left Wellington at 10.13am on Monday 21 June, arriving in Sydney at 11.33am.