International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand (IVA) is a monthly report produced by Statistics New Zealand and sponsored by Tourism New Zealand. It is released two working days after the International Travel and Migration information release.
The report contains detailed tables and graphs of monthly and annual data, showing the number and characteristics of visitor arrivals. Visitor arrivals are defined as overseas residents arriving in New Zealand for a stay of less than 12 months. Most of the data is presented by country, for a selection of major source countries of visitors to New Zealand including:
- People’s Republic of China
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Visitor arrival data comes from Statistics NZ's International Travel and Migration dataset. This dataset is derived from information contained in electronic records supplied by the New Zealand Customs Service, as well as from arrival and departure cards completed by passengers.
International travel and migration data is now processed using a new, upgraded processing system, starting with August 2016 data. This new system uses improved methodology, which takes greater account of travellers' history in addition to intentions stated on the arrival and departure cards. It also makes greater use of automation in the processing and classification of passenger types.
For more information, see our International Travel and Migration processing system changes in August 2016 note in DataInfo+.