Testing site sets up shop in Queenstown



A new saliva-based PCR Covid-19 testing site has set up shop in Queenstown.

Rako Science national manager Bryce Abernethy says the Camp Street site, beside  Otautahi Tattoo, has been set up to support the Queenstown community’s testing efforts, particularly with the return of international visitors from Monday.

As well as providing tests for pre-departure certificates for people travelling out of New Zealand, the site conducts return-to-work tests and surveillance testing for commercial clients.

Abernethy says the government’s removal of the requirement for pre-departure testing for people coming into NZ won’t affect their business.

‘‘A lot of what we do is to support our commercial clients.

‘‘Although pre-departure certificates will be changing for coming into NZ, [in] a lot of
countries it’s not looking likely that they will get rid of those anytime soon.’’

Rako’s using ‘‘the most accurate PCR Covid-19 test available in NZ’’ — it’s non-invasive and results are returned in about 15 to 20 hours, he says.

He says the testing site, which opened at the beginning of the month, will be in town for as long as possible.