August travel more popular than ever
August travel more popular than ever – Media release
20 September 2013
Visitor arrivals and resident departures both hit new highs in August 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today. Visitor arrivals to New Zealand (189,300) and overseas trips by New Zealanders (205,100) eclipsed August records set last year.
"Short-term travel both in and out of New Zealand has climbed every August since 2009," population statistics manager Andrea Blackburn said. "We saw 11,000 more visitors arrive than last August, and 11,600 more Kiwis head to international destinations."
Visitor arrivals were up 6 percent from August 2012 (178,300). This increase mostly came from Australia (up 4,500) and China (up 3,400). In the year ended August 2013, there were 2.658 million visitors from all countries, up 1 percent from the previous year.
New Zealand resident departures were also 6 percent higher than in August 2012 (193,500). Trips to Australia (up 7,900) and the United States (up 3,100) contributed the most to this increase.
In the August 2013 year, New Zealand residents departed on 2.184 million overseas trips, up 3 percent from the previous year. More people took trips to the United States (up 16,100) and Fiji (up 5,400).
Steady net gain of migrants as departures to Australia fall
New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain (more arrivals than departures) of 2,100 migrants in August 2013. This was similar to the previous two months. The last time net migration was this high was in October 2009 (2,100).
The seasonally adjusted net loss of 1,100 migrants to Australia in August 2013 was the smallest net loss since November 2009 (also 1,100). Net losses to Australia have fallen consistently since December 2012 (3,300), mainly due to fewer New Zealand citizens moving to Australia.
In the August 2013 year, New Zealand had a net gain of 12,800 migrants, compared with a net loss of 4,100 in the previous year. The net loss of 27,300 migrants to Australia was well down from the record loss of 40,000 in the August 2012 year.
Canterbury gained 3,600 international migrants in the latest year, reversing net losses in the earthquake-affected August 2011 and 2012 years (2,300 and 1,300, respectively).
For more information about these statistics:
Visit International Travel and Migration: August 2013