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New Zealanders hit the road or sky over Queen's Birthday weekend.
Domestic tourism peaked on Sunday 31st May at 520,000 people outside their home regions, nearly double the average level of domestic travel in COVID-19 Alert Level 2. Domestic tourism increased by 75% over Queen's Birthday, relative to average tourism at COVID-19 Alert Level 2.
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COVID-19 Alert Level 2 has allowed us to return to our favourite places around New Zealand. Because of that, it’s now worth looking at tourism across our country as a whole. To do that we have highlighted international and domestic visitor numbers, as well as our mobility index.[*].
The drop in mobility during Queen's Birthday weekend is due to a large proprtion of the population staying local and relaxing at home, despite a large increase in the number of people travelling outside their tourism regions.
In this section we explore domestic visitor numbers before COVID-19 and during COVID-19. These are presented by each of the 35 tourism areas across New Zealand. The current list of tourism regions that we use can be found on the Stats NZ Ariā definitions website.
Here we have compared domestic visitor numbers between dates of a week including Queen's Birthday weekend (26th May - 1st June) and the seven days prior (19th May - 25th May).