Wellington Airport's international departure tax is being removed from 1 April, removing an irritating hurdle to leaving New Zealand's capital city.
Removing the tax means you'll no longer need to faff around at the currency exchange window to get a little sticker on your boarding pass before you're allowed past security into the international part of Wellington's terminal.
It's not so much the NZ$25 (A$19.50) tax -- "International Departure Fee" officially -- that annoys travellers as the irritating process to get the sticker, since the tax isn't included in the price of airline tickets.
It's an especially galling process in peak afternoon international departure times, when the currency exchange window queue was often two 737-loads of passengers deep.
Wellington Airport's CEO Steve Sanderson agrees: "Improving the traveller experience is important to us and removing the departure fee will make it easier for all passengers travelling internationally. Taking away the need to join the queue and pay the fee is a big step forward."