New Zealand won't pursue a deal directly with Papua New Guinea, despite Foreign Minister Winston Peters spotted holding talks with PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.
Protesters have been chanting, "Refugees are welcome here" outside the Australian High Commission in Wellington where some have bike locked themselves to the gates.
This has previously been resisted, with official concerns that it would create a small group of "second-class citizens" in New Zealand that don't enjoy free access to Australia.
About 20 activists were outside the High Commission on Monday afternoon, four chained to a gate, campaigning in support of New Zealand's offer to accept 150 refugees and asylum seekers from Australian offshore detention centres.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she will again discuss the stand-off on Manus Island with Malcolm Turnbull when the two leaders meet at the East Asia Summit in the Philippines this week.
The offer to take in 150 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru has been on the table since 2013 but is an issue Ms Ardern has gone hard on since becoming prime minister.
"This is a strong relationship that we have with Australia, it's an important relationship but as I say, when there is information to update you on then I will", she said.
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Manus Island refugees said they were advised on Saturday by officials their eviction deadline would be extended another 24-hours, by which point they would be forcibly removed from the processing camp which had been without food, water or medical supplies for almost two weeks. "I'm interested in the fastest route".
"He'll know the offer was genuine, it was genuine when it was first made by another Government and another leader, and it remains genuine now".
Ms Ardern has stressed the "great need" of the 600 refugee and asylum seekers now barricaded inside the closed Manus Regional Processing Centre during a press conference yesterday.
'We urge Australia to reconsider this and take up the offer, ' Nai Jit Lam, deputy regional representative at the UNHCR told Reuters.
Newshub has been briefed on the deal and can reveal that Ms Ardern is happy for Australia to place an order on any refugees that they can never travel there.
The objective of the protest was to prevent anyone inside from leaving, Peace Action Wellington spokeswoman Emma Cullen said.