Saw an increase in domestic visitors compared to last year’s winter school holidays.
The number of Kiwis travelling across the country peaked on Sunday 11 July with 550,000 people outside their home regions. Smaller peaks of 440,000 and 420,000 were recorded on the first and last Sundays of the holiday break. These are the highest levels of domestic travel recorded since lockdown began in March.
Covid-19 Alert Level 1 has allowed us to get out and explore more of our own backyard. With restrictions on international visitors entering New Zealand it’s now worth looking at how tourism has changed across our country. To do that we have highlighted international and domestic visitor numbers, as well as our mobility index.[*].
We describe a domestic visitor as someone who is outside of their local tourism region. These regions are defined by Regional Tourism Organisations.
The mobility index is a measurement to understand changes in inter-regional movement. A positive number indicates an increase in movement against a baseline. A negative number indicates a decrease.
The fluctuations seen in mobility during the school holiday period suggests that Kiwis travel to their holiday destinations during the weekend and travel to local attractions during the week. It could also mean that Kiwis are taking smaller weekend trips during the school holiday period.
In this section we explore domestic visitor numbers before, during and after the COVID-19 lockdown periods. 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.