International Visitor Survey (IVS)

The International Visitor Survey (IVS) measures the expenditure, characteristics and behaviours of international visitors to New Zealand.

Update June 2024

This release includes rolling annual results for year end March 2024 and for March Quarter 2024 (January to March). High level results and visualisations can be found on the Tourism Evidence and Insights Centre (TEIC):

Tourism Evidence and Insights Centre(external link)

For year ending March 2024, the larger sample size for annual data means results are available for Total (all countries), Australia, UK, USA, Rest of Europe, Asia, Germany, Canada, and Rest of World. Consistent with an increase in international visitor arrivals, the total sample size for the March quarter is higher than for the December quarter enabling results for the UK, Rest of Europe and Asia to be added to Australia, USA, Rest of World and Total.

We advise caution when using and interpreting IVS quarterly-level results. Quarterly level statistics have a higher margin of error than annual level statistics due to the smaller sample size resulting from a shorter survey period.

Micro data can be found on the IVS data download page.

Micro data on the IVS data download page

The IVS recommenced in July 2022 after a break of 2 years due to COVID-19. Rolling (last 4 quarters) annual results were added for the first time since May 2020, for year end September 2023.  

More information on data quality, including sample sizes, response rates, and margins of error can be found on the Survey quality page:

Survey quality for the IVS

In this section

International Visitor Survey data release materials

On this page, we provide a link to the new data visualisations for the March 2024 quarter (Q1) and year ending March 2024. Summaries of previous releases are also provided.

IVS survey quality

This page contains key survey quality metrics for the International Visitor Survey (IVS).

IVS analysis and research

Articles providing a deeper analysis of the International Visitor Survey (IVS) data.

IVS methodology

Information about the International Visitor Survey (IVS) methodology, including its purpose, quality targets, population, sampling structure and collection, data processing, analysis and outputs.

IVS questionnaire and brochures

Information about the International Visitor Survey (IVS), including links to the PDF version of the questionnaire and brochures.

IVS classifications and definitions

A list of International Visitor Survey (IVS) terms and classifications, to assist with interpreting the data.

IVS data available from Stats NZ

This page provides links to some of the detailed International Visitor Survey data that Stats NZ host through its NZ.Stat tool. Updated IVS data via the nz.stat portal is planned for late 2023.

IVS data download

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting tourism research, this page provides the International Visitor Survey (IVS) microdata.

Last updated: 04 June 2024