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Guest Nights

In December 2014, a total of 3,628,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 242,000 nights (7.1 percent) from December 2013. Both the North Island (up 104,000 or 5.2 percent) and South Island (up 138,000 or 9.9 percent) recorded an increase.


International and Domestic

In December 2014, guest nights comprised 56.1 percent domestic guests (2.04 million guest nights) and 43.9 percent international guests (1.59 million guest nights). Compared with December 2013, domestic guest nights increased by 104,000 (5.4 percent) and international guest nights increased by 138,000 (9.5 percent).


Accommodation Types

All four accommodation types recorded an increase in guest nights in December 2014, compared with December 2013.

Hotels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 123,000 or 12.1 percent), followed by motels (up 46,000 or 4.6 percent), backpacker accommodation (up 40,000 or 8.7 percent), and holiday parks (up 33,000 or 3.7 percent).



The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in December 2014 was 45.0 percent, up 3.2 percentage points, compared with 41.8 percent in December 2013.

Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 5.9 points to 63.3 percent), followed by backpacker accommodation (up 3.0 points to 50.2 percent), motels (up 2.4 points to 55.6 percent), and holiday parks (up 1.6 points to 25.1 percent).



In December 2014, Queenstown recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 38,000 or 14.1 percent) from December 2013. This was followed by Auckland (up 31,000 or 5.2 percent), Canterbury (up 27,000 or 8.7 percent), Northland (up 24,000 or 11.9 percent), and Rotorua (up 21,000 or 12.0 percent).

Bay of Plenty recorded the largest decrease (down 10,000 or 8.3 percent), followed by Marlborough (down 4,000 or 4.8 percent), Kapiti-Horowhenua (down 1,000 or 3.5 percent), Whakatane-Kawerau (down 1,000 or 2.5 percent), and Gisborne (down 300 or 0.6 percent).



For the year ended December 2014, there were 34,611,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,901,000 (5.8 percent) from the previous December year.


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Last updated 12 February 2015

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