Stats NZ: Visitor numbers rise while migration slows


A record 3.71 million visitors arrived in New Zealand in the November 2017 year. This was an 8 percent increase from the November 2016 year, Stats NZ said today.

In the month of November 2017, 360,100 visitors arrived in New Zealand, 33 percent more than in October 2017, signalling the start of the peak visitor season.

“Just over half of the November 2017 visitor arrivals were holidaymakers, and nearly one-quarter were visiting friends and relatives,”  population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said.

New Zealand residents took a record 2.84 million overseas trips in the November 2017 year, up 10 percent on the November 2016 year.

In the month of November 2017, Kiwis took 223,000 trips overseas, up 7 percent from November 2016. The biggest increases were to Australia, China, and the Philippines. The biggest decrease was to Indonesia.

New Zealand saw a net gain of 70,400 migrants in the year ended November 2017, with 131,500 migrant arrivals and 61,200 migrant departures.

The annual net migration in November 2017 was at the same level as the November 2016 year, and continued the recent trend of reducing annual net migration levels since the peak of 72,400 in the July 2017 year.

Non-New Zealand citizen migrant arrivals contributed to most of the net migration.

“The slowing of annual net migration was driven by record non-New Zealand citizen migrant departures,” Mr Dolan said. “There were 27,800 in the November 2017 year, compared with 22,900 in the November 2016 year.”

Migration saw a net loss of 1,300 New Zealand citizens in the November 2017 year.

Chart, Permanent and long-term migration, year ended November 2017


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