International visitor arrivals commentary

A record breaking 3.7 million international visitors came to New Zealand in the September 2017 year. This was up 291,100 (or nine per cent) from year ending September 2016. Holiday arrivals increased 173,500 (or 10 per cent) to 1.92 million, which is the main contributor.

Visitor arrivals numbered 252,700 in the month of September 2017, up three per cent from the month of September 2016.

The biggest changes in visitor arrivals by country of residence between year ending September 2016 and 2017 were from:

  • Australia (up 82,200 to 1.47 million),
  • the United States (up 49,500 to 319,500), and
  • the United Kingdom (up 30,500 to 246,000).

Visitor arrivals from China were up one per cent September 2017 year.
Holiday-makers and visits to friends and relatives accounted for 81 per cent (2.98 million) of the visitor arrivals in year ending September 2017.

New Zealand residents departed on a record 2.79 million overseas trips in the year ending September 2017. This was up 253,000 (10 per cent) from year ending September 2016.

More details can be seen in International visitor arrivals key data table September 2017 and International travel and migration statistics on the Statistics website.

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