International visitor arrivals commentary

More than 3.5 million visitors came to New Zealand in the April 2017 year, matching the annual record set in February this year. This was up 324,600 from year ending April 2016, a 10 percent increase. Holiday arrivals increased 209,100 (or 13 percent) to 1.88 million, which is the main contributor.

Visitor arrivals numbered 311,900 in the month of April 2017. The latest month’s figure was up 21 percent from the month of April 2016.

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

  • Australia (up 72,500 to 1.43 million)
  • China (up 10,100 to 400,300)
  • the United States (up 66,300 to 254,200).


Holiday-makers and visits to friends and relatives accounted for 81 percent (2.92 million) of the visitor arrivals in year ending April 2017.

New Zealand residents departed on a record 2.70 million overseas trips year ending April 2017. This was up 257,200 (11 percent) from year ending April 2016.

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