Visitor arrivals to New Zealand from all countries
By select travel purpose, Mar 2017–Mar 2020, thousands
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
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.
Changes to data collection/processing
Imputation of 'country of residence' for visitor arrivals who have not stated a response on their arrival card, occurred from August 2016 to October 2018.
From November 2018, 'country of residence' was fully captured and no longer sampled, resulting in an increase in the 'not stated' category.
From December 2019 country of residence remains fully captured, but is imputed for visitor arrivals who have not stated a response on their arrival card.
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International Travel: Visitor arrivals by country of residence, purpose, age and sex (Monthly) March 2020
How to find the data
At URL provided, select 'Tourism > International Travel and Migration - ITM > Visitor arrivals by country of residence, purpose, age and sex (Monthly)'. All variables were selected to create this dataset (from the most recent month up to January 2005).
Import & extraction details
From the dataset International Travel: Visitor arrivals by country of residence, purpose, age and sex (Monthly) March 2020, this data was extracted:
- Rows: 6-188
- Columns: 2-1,837
- Provided: 335,988 data points
This data forms the table Travel - Visitor arrivals by country of residence, purpose, age and sex (Monthly) Jan 2005–Mar 2020.
Dataset originally released on:
May 14, 2020
About this dataset
International Travel covers the number and characteristics of overseas visitors and New Zealand resident travellers (short-term movements) entering New Zealand.