Age distribution of New Zealand residents travelling overseas
By individual age, all purposes of visit, 2017, number of traveller departures
The loss of information from the removal of the departure card means Stats NZ will no longer provide resident departure series.
From November 2018, resident arrivals is the only source of information for short-term travel of NZ residents.
Country of main destination: the country where a New Zealand-resident traveller will spend the most time while overseas. Departure cards do not ask travellers which other countries they intend to visit on the same trip.
New Zealand-resident travellers: people who live in New Zealand and are travelling overseas for less than 12 months.
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.
For more information
Limitations of the data
A person may change their intentions after their arrival or departure, 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.
Departure totals for New Zealand-resident travellers are actual counts (not derived from a sample). More detailed data for overseas visitors and New Zealand-resident travellers, such as figures by country or travel purpose, are derived from a sample. Small numbers are more likely to contain a large sample error as a percentage of the actual figure, and should be used with caution. The sample ratio currently used is 1 in 20 for New Zealand-resident traveller departures
Changes to data collection/processing
From August 2016, international travel and migration data started being processed using a new, upgraded processing system. The new system uses improved methodology, which takes greater account of travellers' history in addition to intentions stated on the arrival and departure cards. It also makes greater use of automation in the processing and classification of passenger types. There were no revisions to the historical data with this system and methodology changes.
Data provided by
International Travel and Migration: NZ-resident traveller departures by main destination, purpose, age and sex (Annual-Dec) December 2017
How to find the data
At URL provided, select 'Tourism > International Travel and Migration - ITM > NZ-resident traveller departures by main destination, purpose, age and sex (Annual-Dec)'. All variables except individual ages were selected to create this dataset.
Import & extraction details
From the dataset International Travel and Migration: NZ-resident traveller departures by main destination, purpose, age and sex (Annual-Dec) December 2017, this data was extracted:
- Rows: 5-394
- Columns: 3-1,118
- Provided: 430,560 data points
This data forms the table Travel - NZ-resident traveller departures by main destination, purpose, age and sex (Annual-Dec) 1979–2017.
Dataset originally released on:
February 02, 2018
About this dataset
International travel and migration statistics count passengers arriving into and departing from New Zealand. Passengers are split into one of three passenger types: overseas visitors, New Zealand-resident travellers, and permanent and long-term migrants.
Arrivals and departures of overseas visitors and New Zealand-resident travellers are key indicators of tourism and travel. Permanent and long-term migration is a component of New Zealand’s population change, along with births and deaths. Migration affects the composition of the population as well as population size.
International travel and migration statistics are based on electronic arrival and departure records for each international passenger, supplied to Stats NZ by the New Zealand Customs Service. These electronic records include flight and passport details, such as date of travel, date of birth, sex, and country of citizenship.