The most popular city in New Zealand for international travelers is Auckland. In 2018 it reached the 78th place of the world's most popular cities with 2.80 million tourists.
On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 2,656 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of New Zealand spend only around 1,353 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.
New Zealand consists of 2 main islands and lies in the Pacific Ocean southeast of Australia. The landscape is mainly characterized by volcanoes, lakes, fjords and glaciers. The variety of landscapes is also New Zealand's main feature and attracts millions of tourists every year. Besides the tourist spots, the national parks, beaches, impressive landscapes and the diverse flora and fauna throughout the country are therefore worth seeing. Extremely popular are motorhome or backpacking tours across the North and South Island. Adventure tourism is still unchecked, but the tourism board has been trying for several years to attract mainly well-heeled short vacationers. Thus there is also an ever increasing number of 5-star hotels throughout the country.
A special form of vacation has developed with the "Working Holiday Scheme Visa
". Foreigners receive a visa for 12 months, with which they may also work in the country. The goal is to undertake long journeys through the country and to finance the stay with temporary jobs. Other tourists have been allowed to stay longer in the country without a visa than is usual internationally. With 3 months the duration was above average. In 2019 it was even increased to 9 with the new "Visitor Visa".
Popular travel destinationsAuckland
is located on the North Island and offers besides its impressive skyline with 2 big harbours also numerous bars, cafes and leisure activities. Mission Bay Beach is known for its beach promenade. Culturally, Auckland offers above all insights into Maori culture and Polynesian history. The nearby Waitakere Ranges are popular for 1- and multi-day hikes.Rotorua
is located southeast of Auckland and is known for its geothermal geysers. Here you can also experience the Maori culture.Wellington
is the southernmost major city of the North Island and the capital of the country. It is famous for its fine sandy beaches and the promenade along the shore. The colorful houses on the hills have a great recognition value.Christchurch
is located on the east coast of the South Island. The city is especially known for its English flair and the boats called "Punt" on the river Avon. Above the city lie the Canterbury Plains and the New Zealand Alps, from which one has a wide view over the country.
Development of the tourism sector in New Zealand from 1998 to 2018
The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in New Zealand each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.
Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all countries in Australia/New Zealand.
Revenues in tourism
In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 2.32 billion USD, or about 3.6 percent of the gross national product. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 10.96 billion USD, accounting for 5.3 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 2,974 USD for his holiday in New Zealand.
All data for New Zealand in detail
All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.