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Guest Nights

In September 2014, a total of 2,353,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 138,000 nights (6.2 percent) from September 2013. Both the North Island (up 100,000 or 7.1 percent) and South Island (up 38,000 or 4.7 percent) recorded an increase.


International and Domestic

In September 2014, guest nights comprised 65.0 percent domestic guests (1.53 million guest nights) and 35.0 percent international guests (0.82 million guest nights). Compared with September 2013, domestic guest nights increased by 95,000 (6.6 percent) and international guest nights increased by 43,000 (5.5 percent).


Accommodation Types

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

 Hotels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 71,000 or 8.2 percent), followed by backpacker accommodation (up 38,000 or 13.9 percent), holiday parks (up 23,000 or 8.1 percent), and motels (up 6,000 or 0.7 percent).



The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in September 2014 was 34.8 percent, up 2.1 percentage points, compared with 32.7 percent in September 2013.

Backpacker accommodation had the largest increase in occupancy (up 3.8 points to 35.8 percent), followed by hotels (up 3.0 points to 58.5 percent), holiday parks (up 1.1 points to 10.5 percent), and motels (up 0.9 points to 49.0 percent).



In September 2014, Auckland recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 37,000 or 7.1 percent) from September 2013. This was followed by Wellington (up 29,000 or 16.8 percent), Queenstown (up 16,000 or 8.3 percent), West Coast (up 13,000 or 23.2 percent), and Rotorua (up 11,000 or 8.6 percent).

Taranaki recorded the largest decrease (down 7,000 or 17.1 percent), followed by Waikato (down 4,000 or 4.8 percent), Wairarapa (down 3,000 or 17.7 percent), Wanaka (down 3,000 or 6.1 percent), and Nelson-Tasman (down 2,000 or 4.0 percent).



For the year ended September 2014, there were 34,015,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,628,000 (5.0 percent) from the previous September year.


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Last updated 12 November 2014

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