Travel Alerts

Indonesia, Bali: Mt Agung erupts

27 May 2019 – Mt Agung in Bali erupted at approximately 11.30 pm Friday 24 May 2019 (NZST), spilling out lava and stones, and covering nine villages in thick ash. The volcanic ash caused several flights to and from Bali to be delayed or cancelled, however, some airlines are operating as usual.

Sri Lanka: Easter Sunday bombings

23 April 2019 – At least 290 people have been killed and others have been seriously injured in a coordinated series of suicide bombing attacks at churches and hotels in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, from 3.15pm on Sunday 21 April (NZST).

Philippines: Luzon earthquake

23 April 2019 – A magnitude 6.1 earthquake occurred near the town of Bodega on the Philippine island of Luzon at 5.00pm Monday 22 April 2019 (local time).

Mozambique, Milawi & Zimbabwe: Cyclone Idai

20 March 2019 – Cyclone Idai made landfall in Beira, Mozambique’s fourth largest city, on 15 March (NZST). It has brought continued torrential rain and winds of up to 177 km/h to Mozambique, Milawi and Zimbabwe, causing extensive flooding, destroying buildings, washing away roads and cutting power to the city.

Indonesia: Lombok earthquakes

18 March 2019 – A magnitude 5.5 earthquake occurred on Lombok Island, Indonesia at 7.00pm Sunday 17 March 2019 (NZST). It triggered a landslide at Tiu Kelep Waterfall, killing two people and temporarily trapping dozens of tourists at the waterfall. About 500 homes were damaged in the earthquake.

New Zealand: Christchurch terrorist attack

16 March 2019 – At least 49 people have been killed and others have been seriously injured in a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday 15 March (NZST). Schools and business were in lockdown for several hours and the outcomes of the situation continue to evolve. The New Zealand police and defence force are working together to provide additional support for the region.

International: Boeing 737 Max planes grounded after fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash

14 March 2019 – Aviation regulators from countries around the world including New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, China and Indonesia have ordered Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes to be grounded after the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash on 10 March 2019.

Tonga: Cyclone Pola

28 February 2019 – Cyclone Pola has been upgraded to a category 3 cyclone and is expected to bring gale force winds, heavy rain and dangerous swells to Tonga today.

New Caledonia, New Zealand: Cyclone Oma

19 February 2019 – Cyclone Oma is strengthening and travelling towards New Caledonia. Strong winds and heavy rain are already affecting New Caledonia, causing damage to roads and leaving over 400 homes without power.

United States of America: Polar vortex

31 January 2019 – A polar vortex has brought a cold snap to the US Midwest. At least eight people have died due to the extreme weather and flights and train services have been affected. Chicago’s two main airports have been heavily affected, with over 1,500 flights cancelled so far.