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Guest Nights

In February 2015, a total of 3,705,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 190,000 nights (5.4 percent) from February 2014. Both the North Island (up 86,000 or 4.3 percent) and South Island (up 104,000 or 6.8 percent) recorded an increase.


International and Domestic

In February 2015, guest nights comprised 51.3 percent domestic guests (1.90 million guest nights) and 48.7 percent international guests (1.80 million guest nights). Compared with February 2014, domestic guest nights increased by 46,000 (2.5 percent) and international guest nights increased by 144,000 (8.6 percent).


Accommodation Types

All four accommodation types recorded an increase in guest nights in February 2015, compared with February 2014.

Motels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 66,000 or 5.9 percent), followed by holiday parks (up 63,000 or 8.4 percent), hotels (up 56,000 or 4.9 percent), and backpacker accommodation (up 5,000 or 1.1 percent).



The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in February 2015 was 53.4 percent, up 2.3 percentage points, compared with 51.1 percent in February 2014.

Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 3.8 points to 77.9 percent), followed by motels (up 3.5 points to 73.1 percent), holiday parks (up 1.8 points to 25.9 percent), and backpacker accommodation (up 0.5 points to 56.7 percent).



In February 2015, Canterbury recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 23,000 or 7.0 percent) from February 2014. This was followed by Northland (up 23,000 or 13.0 percent), West Coast (up 17,000 or 10.9 percent), Nelson-Tasman (up 15,000 or 8.8 percent), and Wanaka (up 14,000 or 18.7 percent).

Bay of Plenty recorded the largest decrease (down 5,000 or 5.0 percent), followed by Marlborough (down 4,000 or 4.2 percent), Taupo (down 3,000 or 3.0 percent), Waitaki (down 1,000 or 2.2 percent), and Wairarapa (down 1,000 or 3.9 percent).



For the year ended February 2015, there were 34,969,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,748,000 (5.3 percent) from the previous February year.

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Last updated 10 April 2015

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