The commentary below presents the national context at the country level for tourism in the year ending June 2019 (and for the June 2019 quarter where available). Key findings are below:

Arrivals from Australia and the US drive national growth

Over 1.5 million Australians visited New Zealand in the year ending June 2019, up 2.9 percent on last year (reflecting 39 per cent of all visitor arrivals).

Annual visitor arrivals by leading markets Year ending June 2017-2019

Source: International Travel, Stats NZ

New Zealand experienced strong growth in arrivals from the United States for the year ending June 2019, up 8.8 per cent on last year. Arrivals from Canada were similarly strong, growing 7.3 per cent. Chinese arrivals decreased by 6.2 per cent, while the major European markets were mostly in line with last years arrivals.

Strong growth in tourism spend for North American visitors

Both the United States and Canada showed strong growth in visitor spend, up 7 per cent (to $1.38 billion) and 19 per cent (to $303 million) respectively. Australian and Chinese spend was relatively static (results are not statistically significant). By the numbers, Australian spend increased 1 per cent (to $2.61 billion) while Chinese spend grew two per cent (to $1.69 billion).

Total spend by Country - annual

Source: International Visitor Survey, MBIE

Last updated: 10 February 2020