Winston Peters says getting Kiwis home to New Zealand and other travellers out of the country is a nightmare.
The Government has a repatriation plan to ensure foreign nationals can leave the country safely.
The Foreign Affairs Minister says it's been made very clear that people should try to get home fast, as options continue to reduce.
Peters told Mike Hosking organising the relocation of thousands of people is difficult to coordinate between overseas consuls.
He says it's a serious exercise in planning, with frustrating elements - like flight path closures or travellers not being ready.