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New Zealanders rush to get takeaway as restrictions ease outside Auckland

New Zealanders have flocked to takeaway outlets after restrictions eased in most of the country on Tuesday, with queues forming from early morning.

But tough level four restrictions will remain in place in country’s largest city, Auckland, where all food outlets are banned from opening for at least another two weeks.

New Zealanders rushed to get their first taste of stage three restrictions on Tuesday morning.

New Zealanders rushed to get their first taste of stage three restrictions on Tuesday morning.Credit:Brya Ingram/STUFF

The rest of the country has progressed to level three restrictions, allowing some retail businesses to reopen for click and collect and food outlets to serve takeaway. People have also flocked to beaches and golf courses with outdoor recreation now allowed.

Hungry New Zealanders arrived at takeaway stores in droves on Tuesday morning with drive-throughs set up to minimise contact with customers.

Images also showed long queues of cars waiting to get their first taste of level three restrictions at lunchtime, while business owners braced for an evening rush.

At McDonald’s, people who had to wait for their food collected it from an outdoor table after it was dropped off by a staff member.

The queue for KFC in New Plymouth spilled out onto Courtenay Street at lunchtime

The queue for KFC in New Plymouth spilled out onto Courtenay Street at lunchtimeCredit:SIMON O’CONNOR/STUFF

Hepa Puru was among the first people in Christchurch to get a taste of takeaway after the two-week shutdown, telling local media outlet Stuff that he secured himself a $50 McDonald’s feast to welcome the first day of eased restrictions.

He said his mouth was watering, thinking about the order. “I’ll be back down later when the kids wake up,” he told Stuff.

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