International visitor arrivals commentary
A record breaking 3.6 million international visitors came to New Zealand in the June 2017 year. This was up 337,800 (or 10 percent) from year ending June 2016. Holiday arrivals increased 209,000 (or 12 percent) to 1.90 million, which is the main contributor.
Visitor arrivals numbered 230,100 in the month of June 2017, up 17 percent from the month of June 2016.
The biggest changes in visitor arrivals by country of residence between year ending June 2016 and 2017 were from:
- Australia (up 85,200 to 1.45 million)
- the United States (up 67,900 to 325,000)
- the United Kingdom (up 30,600 to 244,400).
Visitor arrivals from China were up only 1,100 (or 0.3%) to 398,000 in the June 2017 year.
Holiday-makers and visits to friends and relatives accounted for 81 percent (2.96 million) of the visitor arrivals in year ending June 2017.
New Zealand residents departed on a record 2.75 million overseas trips in the year ending June 2017. This was up 282,200 (12 percent) from year ending June 2016.
More details can be seen in International visitor arrivals key data table June 2017 and International travel and migration statistics on the Statistics website.