Travel - NZ resident arrivals by purpose and NZ port Year ended December 2017–2020

Stats NZ


New Zealand-resident travellers: people who live in New Zealand and are travelling overseas for less than 12 months.

Data calculation/treatment

Since January 2020, governments have imposed international travel restrictions in multiple countries, due to the spread of COVID-19 around the world. In March 2020, the New Zealand government introduced further measures to protect New Zealanders from the COVID-19 virus, effectively limiting travel to New Zealand and travel within New Zealand.

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Changes to data collection/processing

Before November 2018, the travel purpose of New Zealand-resident travellers was based on departure card responses and linked to the correspondent arrival card via the passport number.
From November 2018, they are based on arrival card responses. This results in different patterns in purpose of travel. The two series should not be compared.

The travel purpose categories of New Zealand-resident travellers have been revised back to January 2020.
From November 2018 to December 2019, the travel purposes of 'Holiday/vacation', 'Visiting friends/relatives', and 'Conference/convention' were unavailable.
From January 2020, these travel purpose categories are separately available from a redesigned arrival card and excluded from the 'Other' category.
Until a full 12 months of data are available for each new travel purpose, year ended totals for the travel purpose of 'Other' will continue to include 'Holiday/vacation', 'Visiting friends/relatives', and 'Conference/convention'.

Data provided by

Stats NZ

Dataset name

International Travel: NZ-resident traveller arrivals by purpose and NZ port (Annual-Dec) 2020


How to find the data

At URL provided select: Tourism > International Travel and Migration - ITM > NZ-resident traveller arrivals by purpose and NZ port (Annual-Dec).
All variables were selected to create this dataset.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: International Travel: NZ-resident traveller arrivals by purpose and NZ port (Annual-Dec) 2020

From the dataset International Travel: NZ-resident traveller arrivals by purpose and NZ port (Annual-Dec) 2020, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 4-7
  • Columns: 2-73
  • Provided: 288 data points

Dataset originally released on:

February 16, 2021

About this dataset

International travel covers the number and characteristics of New Zealand resident travellers (short-term movements) entering New Zealand.

Purpose of collection

To track travel movements of New Zealand residents.

Method of collection/Data provider

Data is obtained from the responses given on arrival cards.