Northland has become an island under the new Level Two restrictions.
While many businesses can reopen, travel between Northland and the rest of the country through Auckland is restricted to approved essential travel.
That means the crucial tourism sector remains in hibernation for now.
Jereon Jongejans from Dive Tutukaka told Kate Hawkesby everyone hopes the restrictions can be safely removed soon.
"I sort of agree with being a bit cautious. It would be nice to have a kōrero in there, but to organise all of that in the mayhem we've got at the moment is a bit tricky."