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Guest Nights

In July 2014, a total of 2,373,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 95,000 nights (4.2 percent) from July 2013. Both the North Island (up 14,000 or 1.0 percent) and South Island (up 81,000 or 9.1 percent) recorded an increase.


International and Domestic

In July 2014, guest nights comprised 64.5 percent domestic guests (1.53 million guest nights) and 35.5 percent international guests (0.84 million guest nights). Compared with July 2013, domestic guest nights increased by 63,000 (4.3 percent) and international guest nights increased by 33,000 (4.0 percent).


Accommodation Types 

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

Hotels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 46,000 or 5.1 percent), followed by holiday parks (up 23,000 or 9.1 percent), motels (up 15,000 or 1.9 percent), and backpacker accommodation (up 11,000 or 3.5 percent).



The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in July 2014 was 33.3 percent, up 1.1 percentage points, compared with 32.2 percent in July 2013.

Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 2.2 points to 56.8 percent), followed by motels (up 1.1 points to 47.9 percent), and holiday parks (up 1.0 point to 9.0 percent). Backpacker accommodation had the only decrease in occupancy (down 0.6 points to 33.8 percent). 



In July 2014, Queenstown recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 32,000 or 10.9 percent) from July 2013. This was followed by Auckland (up 19,000 or 3.8 percent), Canterbury (up 14,000 or 6.7 percent), Dunedin (up 7,000 or 12.8 percent), and Rotorua (up 7,000 or 4.9 percent).

Ruapehu recorded the largest decrease (down 9,000 or 16.3 percent), followed by Taranaki (down 5,000 or 12.2 percent), Wellington (down 5,000 or 2.7 percent), Hawke’s Bay (down 5,000 or 9.0 percent), and Wanaka (down 4,000 or 6.6 percent). 



For the year ended July 2014, there were 33,805,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,667,000 (5.2 percent) from the previous July year.


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Last updated 10 September 2014

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