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ITOs at sharp end of disruption after wild weather impacts schedules
3 Feb 2023   /

ITOs at sharp end of disruption after wild weather impacts schedules

Inbounders scrambled to rearrange schedules but some overseas visitors had to cancel following Auckland’s floods.


Air NZ passenger numbers hit 1.6 million in December
31 Jan 2023   /

Air NZ passenger numbers hit 1.6 million in December

Air New Zealand recorded 1.607 million passengers for the month of December 2022, a 139.1% rise from the same month in 2021.


New NZ Traveller Declaration will allow better targeting of arrivals – Biosecurity NZ
27 Jan 2023   /

New NZ Traveller Declaration will allow better targeting of arrivals – Biosecurity NZ

Biosecurity NZ says the new digital system will give it an opportunity to send relevant messaging to help improve compliance.


Queenstown recovery gathers pace with international passengers 10% above pre-Covid
24 Jan 2023   /

Queenstown recovery gathers pace with international passengers 10% above pre-Covid

International visitor numbers at Queenstown Airport in December tracked 10% above pre-Covid levels.


Overseas visitor arrivals hit 62% of pre-Covid
20 Jan 2023   /

Overseas visitor arrivals hit 62% of pre-Covid

Overseas visitor arrivals in November 2022 reached 62% of the same month in pre-Covid 2019, according to Stats NZ’s latest travel data.


UNWTO: Global tourism recovery “stronger than expected” but Asia Pacific lags
18 Jan 2023   /

UNWTO: Global tourism recovery “stronger than expected” but Asia Pacific lags

International tourism recovered 63% of pre-pandemic levels last year, with Europe and Middle East in the lead but Asia Pacific lagging.


Oct international visitor arrivals reaches 57% of pre-Covid
12 Dec 2022   /

Oct international visitor arrivals reaches 57% of pre-Covid

Overseas visitor arrivals were 161,631 in the October 2022 month, a 4283% increase compared to the same month last year – when the borders were closed – and recovering to 57% of pre-Covid 2019 figures of 283,834, according to Stats NZ.


2022 tourism recovery to reach 65% of pre-Covid – UNWTO
24 Nov 2022   /

2022 tourism recovery to reach 65% of pre-Covid – UNWTO

Global export revenues from tourism could reach US$1.3tr in 2022, although Asia Pacific’s recovery lags.


Westpac “surprised” at speed of NZ tourism recovery, warns of headwinds
15 Nov 2022   /

Westpac “surprised” at speed of NZ tourism recovery, warns of headwinds

But the bank warns a new Covid wave, the cost of living crisis, and China uncertainty could drag growth.


Aussies drive September arrivals – Stats NZ
15 Nov 2022  

Aussies drive September arrivals – Stats NZ

Overseas visitor arrivals increased in September 2022 but are still below the numbers seen for the same month pre-Covid, according to Stats NZ.


Feedback sought on digital arrival cards, border management
11 Nov 2022   /

Feedback sought on digital arrival cards, border management

The Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee is seeking public feedback on the digitisation of paper arrival cards and other requirements related to border management matters.


New digital arrival card will help tourism – govt
9 Nov 2022   /

New digital arrival card will help tourism – govt

Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri says the online data collection will allow visitors to move seamlessly through the arrivals process.


Napier events attract visitors
9 Nov 2022  

Napier events attract visitors

Pedestrian numbers in Napier have reached their highest numbers since Covid-19, boosted by a range of events over the weekend.


Govt tweaks working holiday visas to help plug shortages as arrivals ramp up for summer
31 Oct 2022   /

Govt tweaks working holiday visas to help plug shortages as arrivals ramp up for summer

Thousands of working holidaymakers on their way to New Zealand will have more flexibility and extended entry rights to help plug labour shortages at Kiwi businesses.


Sundays busiest for Oct holiday arrivals – Auckland Airport
30 Sep 2022   /

Sundays busiest for Oct holiday arrivals – Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport is advising people travelling over the October school holidays to be patient as it faces its busiest travel period.


Border closures hamper Asia Pacific but global tourism demand strong – UNWTO
28 Sep 2022   /

Border closures hamper Asia Pacific but global tourism demand strong – UNWTO

International tourism arrivals have reached more than half of pre-pandemic levels but Asia Pacific is lagging.


Feedback sought on increasing biosecurity fine to $1000
27 Sep 2022  

Feedback sought on increasing biosecurity fine to $1000

The Primary Production Committee is seeking public submissions on a plan to increase fines for biosecurity breaches and give officers more powers to refuse entry.


Arrivals climb in first month of full border re-opening
15 Sep 2022   /

Arrivals climb in first month of full border re-opening

Total border crossings into NZ grow again in August with the opening to non-visa waiver countries.


Overseas visitors exceed 100k for first time since Covid – Stats NZ
12 Sep 2022   /

Overseas visitors exceed 100k for first time since Covid – Stats NZ

For the first month since March 2020, the number of overseas visitor arrivals has exceeded 100,000, said Stats NZ.


Westpac upgrades tourism forecast with better than predicted arrivals
16 Aug 2022   /

Westpac upgrades tourism forecast with better than predicted arrivals

“Now that our borders are open, tourists are flocking in, regardless of the state of the global economy,” says the bank.


Border crossings rise highest since March 2020
11 Aug 2022   /

Border crossings rise highest since March 2020

Border crossings have continued along a steady increase in June as numbers hit the highest they had ever been since March 2020.


Strong growth in border arrivals as travel recovers
8 Aug 2022   /

Strong growth in border arrivals as travel recovers

Arrivals into New Zealand are growing fast as international travel resumes and the border fully reopens, according to Stats NZ’s latest border arrivals data.


IVS questions, brochure, fact sheet released
8 Aug 2022   /

IVS questions, brochure, fact sheet released

The 15-minute survey, conducted by Kantar Public on behalf of MBIE, aims to understand what visitors think about New Zealand in order to improve the visitor experience.


Overseas visitor arrivals jump 378% in May
13 Jul 2022   /

Overseas visitor arrivals jump 378% in May

Overseas visitor arrivals rose to 72,800 in May 2022, up 378% compared with the same month last year, according to Stats NZ’s latest travel figures.


May border crossings jump 29% on April
12 Jul 2022   /

May border crossings jump 29% on April

The number of border crossings continued to climb in May 2022 as border restrictions eased further, says Stats NZ.


Auckland Airport international passenger numbers jump, short-haul hits 47% of pre-Covid
20 Jun 2022   /

Auckland Airport international passenger numbers jump, short-haul hits 47% of pre-Covid

International passengers, excluding transits, reached 281,774, a 108.7% increase from May 2021.


Border crossings highest since March 2020 – Stats NZ
13 Jun 2022   /

Border crossings highest since March 2020 – Stats NZ

More than a quarter-of-a-million border crossings in April 2022 was the highest for a month since travel restrictions were introduced in March 2020, says Stats NZ.


May daily arrivals top 6k for first time since March 2020
2 Jun 2022   /

May daily arrivals top 6k for first time since March 2020

Daily arrivals to New Zealand exceeded 6,000 on a number of days in May 2022 – the first time that level has been reached since the borders closed in March 2020.


Visitor arrivals jump in March – Stats NZ
12 May 2022   /

Visitor arrivals jump in March – Stats NZ

Overseas visitor arrivals were 28,600 in the March 2022 month, up 522% or 24,000 from the same month last year, says Stats NZ.


Border easing sees Air NZ international passenger numbers jump in March
10 May 2022   /

Border easing sees Air NZ international passenger numbers jump in March

But domestic numbers took a hit as the NZ’s Omicron wave put a lid on demand.


China’s ‘revenge travel’ bodes well for NZ… but not until 2023
5 May 2022   /

China’s ‘revenge travel’ bodes well for NZ… but not until 2023

New Zealand has some advantages once the Chinese government allows its citizens to travel for leisure again.


Daily arrivals reach highest level since March 2020
5 May 2022   /

Daily arrivals reach highest level since March 2020

The easing of the border at 11.59pm on Sunday 1 May allowed vaccinated visitors from around 60 visa waiver countries to enter without needing to isolate.


Kia ora! Border re-opens to visa waiver countries…
2 May 2022   /

Kia ora! Border re-opens to visa waiver countries…

It’s not just VFR on the way with more than 6000 working holiday visa applications made and 5000 students allowed.


Daily arrivals near 5k – the most since trans-Tasman bubble
21 Apr 2022   /

Daily arrivals near 5k – the most since trans-Tasman bubble

However, it is still far short of the 20,580 recorded for pre-Covid 13 April 2019.


Auckland Airport international passengers jump 330%
14 Apr 2022   /

Auckland Airport international passengers jump 330%

International passengers through Auckland Airport, excluding transits, reached 110,056, a 330.1% increase from 25,590 from March 2021.


March arrivals spike as border eases
12 Apr 2022   /

March arrivals spike as border eases

Arrivals and departures to and from New Zealand have spiked in March 2022, according to provisional data from Stats NZ.


TECNZ moves recovery forward – Aus arrivals 100% by May 2025
1 Apr 2022   /

TECNZ moves recovery forward – Aus arrivals 100% by May 2025

The association predicts an earlier recovery in visitor arrivals thanks to the latest border re-opening dates.


Border relief coming, but tough road ahead – industry
17 Mar 2022   /

Border relief coming, but tough road ahead – industry

While the government’s announcement on border reopenings is welcome news, there is still a long way to go for a full international tourism recovery.


International visitor arrivals fall 26% in Jan
15 Mar 2022   /

International visitor arrivals fall 26% in Jan

Delaying the border easing from January to February saw arrivals, especially from Australia, drop.


Westpac pushes out NZ’s international tourist recovery
22 Feb 2022   /

Westpac pushes out NZ’s international tourist recovery

The bank says NZ’s current self-iso border requirements will be too prohibitive for potential travellers.


2021 sees lowest international travel numbers in 50 years – Stats NZ
15 Feb 2022   /

2021 sees lowest international travel numbers in 50 years – Stats NZ

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border in 2021 was the lowest for a calendar year since 1971.


…while TECNZ pushes full tourism recovery back
26 Jan 2022   /

…while TECNZ pushes full tourism recovery back

A full recovery of annual international visitor numbers into New Zealand is now not expected until sometime after May 2025, according to an updated forecast from Tourism Export Council of New Zealand.


Border crossings, departures up as Aus quarantine ends
24 Jan 2022   /

Border crossings, departures up as Aus quarantine ends

There were 28,694 total border crossings in November 2021, with 4046 more departures than arrivals, according to provisional data from StatsNZ.


International arrivals lift off Sept’s 16-month low – Stats NZ
14 Dec 2021   /

International arrivals lift off Sept’s 16-month low – Stats NZ

There were 20,772 total border crossings in October 2021, with 1,268 more arrivals than departures, according to provisional data from StatsNZ.


Queenstown Airport passenger numbers drop 59%
22 Nov 2021   /

Queenstown Airport passenger numbers drop 59%

The number of passengers travelling through Queenstown Airport dropped to 54,580 in October 2021, down 59% compared with the same month in 2020.


Auckland Airport October passengers fall 93%
19 Nov 2021   /

Auckland Airport October passengers fall 93%

Auckland Airport total passenger numbers fell to 41,682 in October 2021, down 92.5% on the same month last year.


International visitor numbers plumb 2020 lows – Stats NZ
16 Nov 2021   /

International visitor numbers plumb 2020 lows – Stats NZ

Delta put the brakes on international travel in September.


TECNZ: We need a border date now or risk losing 2022-23 season
2 Nov 2021   /

TECNZ: We need a border date now or risk losing 2022-23 season

Time is running out for overseas travel retailers and wholesalers to book New Zealand for the 2022-23 season, says Tourism Export Council of New Zealand.


Hipkins outlines first steps on gradual border easing
28 Oct 2021   /

Hipkins outlines first steps on gradual border easing

There will be shorter MIQ stays for the fully vaccinated, as well as easier entry for some travellers from low risk countries.


Family top reason for returnees during pandemic – survey
22 Oct 2021   /

Family top reason for returnees during pandemic – survey

A survey of New Zealanders and essential workers who returned to the country between 1 August 2020 and 1 April 2021 for a period of longer than three months shows family-related or compassionate reasons ranked top.