Aucklanders have returned to freedom after a 19-day COVID-19 lockdown, returning to streets, workplaces and schools.
And many have used the easing of restrictions to promptly get out of the city, with Auckland airport packed to the rafters with departing residents.
Jacinda Ardern's government moved the city of 1.6 million people from 'level three' settings to 'level two' at midnight last night, which removed barriers on inter-regional travel.
That prompted Air New Zealand to return many regular flights to their travel network, which Aucklanders jumped at, judging by photos on social media of the full-to-the-brim domestic terminal.
For the first time in the pandemic, masks will now be compulsory in New Zealand for public transport.
Ms Ardern has shifted the city out of lockdown despite a tail of cases still being reported there.
On Saturday, there were 11 community cases, on Sunday there were two, and on Monday there were five.
Back in May, Ms Ardern moved the country from level three to level two after a week of case numbers lower than four each day - making the move somewhat at odds with previous decision-making.
Much-admired University of Auckland microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles, who has championed Ms Ardern's health-first approach through the pandemic, said the PM was moving too soon.
"I would have preferred we stay at level there for just a little longer because I feel that might have helped us get back to a level one much more quickly," Dr Wiles told Radio NZ.
"Now we're all moving around there is the opportunity if there are people who are infectious and don't know it yet that they could spread it somewhere else.
"But I understand that businesses are hurting and everyone wants to get us moving around more."
Ms Ardern said her Health officials supported the shift based on the "trajectory" of case numbers.
"Our system is designed to be able to manage cases within a level that Auckland is at," she told Radio NZ.
"We just need to ensure we're playing our part. So masks, social distancing ... extra restrictions on aged care facilities and making sure you're not going to work or going to school if you're feeling unwell."