International visitor arrivals to New Zealand
Country of residence: the country where the person last lived or will next live for 12 months or more.
Travel purpose: the main purpose for the visit to New Zealand or trip overseas. Categories are holiday, visiting friends and relatives, business, conferences and conventions, education, and other.
Visitor arrivals: Visitor arrivals are overseas residents arriving in New Zealand for a stay of less than 12 months.
The statistics in this release relate to the number of passenger movements to New Zealand, rather than to the number of people – that is, the multiple movements of individual people during a given reference period are each counted separately.
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Limitations of the data
A person may change their intentions after their arrival, which may mean the recorded passenger type becomes incorrect. Statistics NZ does not revise published statistics for such changes, but advises that the published figures remain a good indicator of trends in permanent and long-term migration.
Data is derived from a sample of records and hence may contain sample error. Caution should be used when using data with low cell values.
'Transit' passengers do not complete border clearance – regardless of whether they travel by air or by sea – so are not included in these statistics. About three-quarters of cruise ship passengers visiting New Zealand are 'transit' passengers.
Data provided by
International Travel: Visitor arrivals by EVERY country of residence and purpose (Annual-Dec) December 2018
How to find the data
At URL provided, select 'Tourism > International Travel and Migration - ITM > Visitor arrivals by EVERY country of residence and purpose (Annual-Dec)'. All variables were selected to create this dataset.
Import & extraction details
From the dataset International Travel: Visitor arrivals by EVERY country of residence and purpose (Annual-Dec) December 2018, this data was extracted:
- Rows: 4-100
- Columns: 2-2,025
- Provided: 81,346 data points
This data forms the table Travel - Visitor arrivals by every country of residence and purpose (Annual-Dec) 1922–2018.
Dataset originally released on:
February 15, 2019
About this dataset
International Travel covers the number and characteristics of overseas visitors and New Zealand resident travellers (short-term movements) entering New Zealand.