International Visitor Survey (IVS)

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

Update December 2023 

The International Visitor Survey (IVS) recommenced in July 2022 after a break of 2 years due to COVID-19. For this release onward, and for the first time since May 2020, we will include rolling (last 4 quarters) annual data. This includes data for year ending September 2023 (December quarter 2022, and March, June and September quarters 2023) and for September Quarter 2023 (July to September).

We advise caution when using and interpreting IVS quarterly-level results. The total sample size for September quarter 2023 is lower than for June quarter 2023 (June- August) with fewer international visitors during this low season. In addition, quarterly level statistics have a higher margin of error than annual level statistics.

The September 2022 quarter data, as the first release after borders re-opened in July 2022, is an outlier. We advise caution when using September 2022 quarter data in either quarter to quarter or rolling annual data analysis.

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

Annual and quarterly results can be found on the Tourism Evidence and Insights Centre (TEIC):

Tourism Evidence and Insights Centre(external link) — TEIC

Micro data on the IVS data download page

In this section

International Visitor Survey data release materials

On this page, we provide a link to the new data visualisations for the September 2023 quarter (Q3) and outline reasons for changes to what we release each quarter. 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 December 2023