A third person has escaped managed isolation.
She'd been in managed isolation at the Christchurch Commodore Airport Hotel and is now in quarantine.
The man will appear in court later on Friday.
"Initial info implies an unique cut via fence ties at the 1.8-metre fence to split out of the facility, and returned to the facility someday right after that".
The weird episode followed an equally unusual incident on Thursday when a man in his 50s allegedly absconded from the Distinction Hotel in Hamilton to stock up on alcohol. She had previously been identified as a close contact of another case.More news: Norwood-based Analog Devices buying Maxim Integrated in all-stock deal
He left the hotel after cutting through a 1.8m fence around the facility about 6.30pm, and left for about half an hour. One liquor store on Te Rapa Road was closed for cleaning as police believe the man entered.
"It's been 70 days since Covid-19 was acquired from an unknown source in the community" he said.
All people entering the country must then test negative for coronavirus before they are allowed to move around freely but several arrivals to the country have so far absconded from these facilities.
'The mandatory 14-day stay in managed isolation or quarantine is the key part of our border security, and the testing of returnees on or around days 3 and 12 provides additional reassurance.
"Wilfully leaving our facilities will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will be taken", Webb said.More news: Widow condemns ‘barbaric’ death of bus driver beaten over face masks
The man, who later tested positive for COVID-19, escaped from the facility through a section of fencing and visited a supermarket before returning to the building.
Sunday, a 43-year-old woman escaped from a managed insulation facility in Auckland on foot, before being returned to a couple of blocks shortly afterwards.
There are three new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation in New Zealand today, the Ministry of Health has announced.
It happened in the town of Hamilton, on the North Island of New Zealand.
In April, the nation reported it had "removed" the virus as scenario figures stayed in one figures, and in June, Primary Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that nearly all domestic coronavirus restrictions would be lifted.More news: Get the UFC 251 Results Here Now!
It brings the total number of active cases to 25.