Quarterly Tourism Report

This commentary presents the national context for tourism in the year ending June (and for the June 2019 quarter where available).

The main tourism measures show that growth in tourism spend has been shared across regions, and that the slowdown in arrivals from China has been off-set by strong growth in arrivals from the United States and Australia.

Mountains and lake view of New Zealand

Roys Peak Track, Wanaka

In this section


Shows the high-level macro picture of what has happened in the tourism industry over the past year.


Provides a summary of key results for regions in New Zealand. It includes the MRTE Insights Viewer, which presents spending for specific Territorial Authority, RTO, and Regional Council regions, for domestic and international spend, by country or region of origin, and tourism industry subgroup. It is navigable by a simple map.


Provides the national picture by the country of origin of visitors.

Chinese arrivals continue to slow

Shows which countries showed falls in visitor numbers over the first quarter of 2019, with a focus on China.

Data Sources

The QTR covers the performance of the tourism sector over the last year. The report draws on data from a range of sources.

The Report will help with initiatives from the Tourism Data Domain Plan

The Tourism Data Domain Plan (TDDP) sets out the main priorities for improving tourism statistics, based on agreement by industry and government stakeholders. The QTR fills some gaps identified in the TDDP. In particular, the QTR aims to improve data usability and capability within the sector. The QTR assists in the following specific initiatives:

  • Improve the usability of tourism statistics
  • Improve data user capability
  • Improve presentation of IVS data

More information on the TDDP is available here.