Travel - NZ-resident traveller departures by main destination and Regional Council (Annual-Dec) 1991–2016
New Zealand-resident travellers: people who live in New Zealand and are travelling overseas for less than 12 months.
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 area: the area in New Zealand containing the residential or contact address stated on a passenger's arrival or departure card. Regional council areas are approximated by grouping territorial authority (city and district council) areas. Where a territorial authority area is split across regional council areas, it is fully included in the region that most of its population lives in.
Limitations of the data
Statistics NZ processes all arrivals and departures and allocates them to one of three passenger types: overseas visitors, New Zealand-resident travellers, and permanent and long-term migrants.
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.
Some fields are only collected for a sample of passengers. Data from the sample is used to estimate the characteristics of the full population. This still provides a good picture of the characteristics of travellers, while greatly decreasing the time and cost of capturing 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.
Arrival and departure totals for New Zealand-resident travellers are actual counts. More detailed data are derived from a sample. The sample ratio currently used is 1 in 20 for New Zealand-resident traveller departures.
New Zealand area data is not rebased when boundary changes occur. All data uses territorial authority boundaries which existed during the reference month.
Data provided by
International Travel and Migration: NZ-resident traveller departures by main destination and NZ area (Annual-Dec) December 2016
How to find the data
At URL provided, select 'Tourism > International Travel and Migration - ITM > NZ-resident traveller departures by main destination and NZ area (Annual-Dec)'. All variables were selected to produce this dataset.
Import & extraction details
From the dataset International Travel and Migration: NZ-resident traveller departures by main destination and NZ area (Annual-Dec) December 2016, this data was extracted:
- Rows: 4-29
- Columns: 2-931
- Provided: 4,940 data points
Dataset originally released on:
January 31, 2017
About this dataset
International travel and migration statistics produced by Statistics New Zealand measure the number and characteristics of international arrivals into New Zealand, and international departures from New Zealand. This is obtained from electronic passport and flight records, along with details from arrival and departure cards for every passenger, supplied to Statistics NZ by the New Zealand Customs Service.
Arrivals and departures of overseas visitors and New Zealand-resident travellers are key indicators of tourism and travel.