In September 2013, a total of 2,215,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 104,000 nights (4.9 per cent) from September 2012.
Both the North Island (up 78,000 or 5.9 per cent) and South Island (up 25,000 or 3.3 per cent) recorded an increase in guest nights in September 2013.
International and Domestic
In September 2013, guest nights comprised 64.8 per cent domestic guests (1.43 million guest nights) and 35.2 per cent international guests (0.78 million guest nights). Compared with September 2012, domestic guest nights increased by 32,000 (2.3 per cent) and international guest nights increased by 71,000 (10.1 per cent).
Three of the four accommodation types recorded an increase in guest nights in September 2013, compared with September 2012.
Hotels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 56,000 or 6.9 per cent), followed by motels (up 39,000 or 5.3 per cent), and backpacker accommodation (up 15,000 or 5.9 per cent). Holiday parks had the only decrease (down 7,000 or 2.4 per cent).
The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in September 2013 was 32.7 per cent, up 1.5 percentage points, compared with 31.2 per cent in September 2012.
Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 3.1 points to 55.4 per cent), followed by motels (up 2.4 points to 48.1 per cent), and backpacker accommodation (up 1.7 points to 32.0 per cent). Holiday parks had the only decrease (down 0.2 points to 9.4 per cent).
In September 2013, Auckland recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 53,000 or 11.3 per cent) from September 2012. This was followed by Waikato (up 16,000 or 21.5 per cent), Bay of Plenty (up 11,000 or 17.8 per cent), Queenstown (up 10,000 or 5.4 per cent), and Taranaki (up 9,000 or 27.0 per cent).
Wellington recorded the largest decrease (down 20,000 or 10.2 per cent), followed by Coromandel (down 4,000 or 11.2 per cent), West Coast (down 3,000 or 4.6 per cent), Northland (down 2,000 or 2.8 per cent), and Southland (down 2,000 or 9.2 per cent).
For the year ended September 2013, there were 32,387,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,067,000 (3.4 per cent) from the previous September year.