In June 2014, a total of 1,875,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 20,000 nights (1.1 percent) from June 2013. Both the North Island (up 8,000 or 0.7 percent) and South Island (up 12,000 or 1.8 percent) recorded an increase.
International and Domestic
In June 2014, guest nights comprised 65.8 percent domestic guests (1.23 million guest nights) and 34.2 percent international guests (0.64 million guest nights). Compared with June 2013, domestic guest nights increased by 14,000 (1.1 percent) and international guest nights increased by 6,000 (1.0 percent).
Three of the four accommodation types recorded an increase in guest nights in June 2014, compared with June 2013.
Backpacker accommodation had the largest increase in guest nights (up 24,000 or 9.3 percent), followed by hotels (up 19,000 or 2.5 percent), and holiday parks (up 4,000 or 1.9 percent). Motels had the only decrease in guest nights (down 26,000 or 4.2 percent).
The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in June 2014 was 29.3 percent, up 0.8 percentage points, compared with 28.5 percent in June 2013.
Backpacker accommodation had the largest increase in occupancy (up 2.0 points to 31.7 percent), followed by hotels (up 1.5 points to 50.5 percent), and holiday parks (up 0.1 point to 7.8 percent). Motels had the only decrease in occupancy (down 1.0 point to 39.9 percent).
In June 2014, Auckland recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 33,000 or 7.5 percent) from June 2013. This was followed by Waikato (up 7,000 or 9.9 percent), Queenstown (up 7,000 or 4.4 percent), Waitaki (up 3,000 or 26.6 percent), and Timaru (up 3,000 or 20.4 percent).
Wellington recorded the largest decrease (down 13,000 or 7.4 percent), followed by Rotorua (down 11,000 or 10.1 percent), Taranaki (down 7,000 or 20.1 percent), Canterbury (down 6,000 or 3.3 percent), and Taupo (down 3,000 or 6.4 percent).
For the year ended June 2014, there were 33,710,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,741,000 (5.4 percent) from the previous June year.