I'm trying to get a group of people from the US to Tauranga, NZ. Trying to book this as a single itinerary is very expensive and/or incurs large layovers and awkward routings. So I was thinking booking the Auckland to Tauranga leg separately. These are inexpensive and go frequently.
Flights from the US arrive in AKL around 9:00am. If I understand correctly, all passengers would have to clear immigration, grab bags, clear customs, transfer to the domestic terminal, check in with Air New Zealand, clear security and go to the gate.
Does anyone has recently done this, has any idea how long this typically takes (I'll add safety margin myself), what the specific risk factors are, and whether they are any Covid related checks/process that may further delay things?