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Accommodation Survey: September 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  10 November 2017
Key facts

For September 2017 compared with September 2016:

  • National guest nights were up 36,000 (1.4 percent) to 2,670,000.
  • Domestic guest nights were up 2,000 (0.1 percent) to 1,639,000.
  • International guest nights were up 34,000 (3.4 percent) to 1,030,000.
  • North Island guest nights were down 16,000 (1.0 percent) to 1,628,000.
  • South Island guest nights were up 52,000 (5.2 percent) to 1,042,000.

Guest nights increased for two of the four accommodation types:

  • hotels – up 43,000 (4.2 percent) to 1,071,000
  • motels – down 13,000 (1.4 percent) to 890,000
  • backpackers – down 7,000 (2.2 percent) to 326,000
  • holiday parks – up 13,000 (3.5 percent) to 382,000.

Guest nights were up in 8 of the 12 regional areas. The largest increases were in:

  • Otago – up 21,000 (5.2 percent) to 423,000
  • Canterbury – up 16,000 (4.8 percent) to 361,000
  • Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui – up 9,000 (6.0 percent) to 160,000.

The largest decreases were in:

  • Auckland – down 22,000 (4.0 percent) to 552,000
  • Waikato – down 10,000 (3.9 percent) to 220,000
  • Northland – down 4,000 (4.3 percent) to 96,000.

Seasonally adjusted guest nights rose 1.7 percent in September 2017 following falls in the last two months in what is typically a volatile series. The trend for New Zealand guest nights continued to increase, and is at its highest-ever level. Hotel and motel trends showed little movement, the trend for backpackers declined, and the trend for holiday parks continued to rise. 

For the year ended September 2017, there were 39,023,000 guest nights – an increase of 982,000 (2.6 percent) from the September 2016 year.

Review of current accommodation statistics products

We publish monthly short-term commercial accommodation statistics in multiple places and via different products. We are reviewing these products to better understand which information and which format will best suit our users.

Our current products include:

We encourage you to visit these pages and provide feedback on your experiences, in particular which products you find useful and not useful. We also welcome your ideas on additional features that will help meet your data needs. Your comments will help us in our review. Please send your comments to accommodation@stats.govt.nz.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0207
10 November 2017

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