A small team of Queenstown travel agents is arranging repatriation flights for those who have become unable to get back to their families.
Last year, travel agency X Travel noticed a large number of South American people living in Queenstown - with no way of getting home.
Soon they were also inundated with requests from Australians and New Zealanders in South America seeking flights in the other direction.
Niki Davies is one of the co-directors for X Travel, based in Queenstown.
She spoke to Corin Dann.