Kiwi tourists who had been stranded in Nepal are on their way home after managing to board a repatriation flight organised by the Australian government.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) confirmed it had helped secure seats for 27 New Zealanders on a commercial charter plane, which departed Kathmandu early Thursday morning (NZ time).
The flight has 222 Australians onboard and will land in Brisbane on Thursday evening (NZ time).
MFAT says 23 of the Kiwis on it will then fly back to Aotearoa on an Air New Zealand flight.
There are about 23,000 New Zealanders registered on SafeTravel, however more than half of those are living overseas.