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Guest Nights

In November 2014, a total of 2,971,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 167,000 nights (5.9 percent) from November 2013. Both the North Island (up 76,000 or 4.5 percent) and South Island (up 90,000 or 8.1 percent) recorded an increase.


International and Domestic

In November 2014, guest nights comprised 54.2 percent domestic guests (1.61 million guest nights) and 45.8 percent international guests (1.36 million guest nights). Compared with November 2013, domestic guest nights increased by 60,000 (3.9 percent) and international guest nights increased by 107,000 (8.5 percent).


Accommodation Types


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

Hotels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 78,000 or 7.5 percent), followed by motels (up 40,000 or 4.4 percent), backpacker accommodation (up 33,000 or 8.0 percent), and holiday parks (up 16,000 or 3.5 percent).





The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in November 2014 was 43.0 percent, up 2.3 percentage points, compared with 40.7 percent in November 2013.

Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 4.2 points to 70.0 percent), followed by motels (up 2.2 points to 58.9 percent), backpacker accommodation (up 1.7 points to 48.0 percent), and holiday parks (up 0.9 points to 14.7 percent).




In November 2014, Queenstown recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 32,000 or 14.8 percent) from November 2013. This was followed by Auckland (up 27,000 or 4.5 percent), Northland (up 17,000 or 15.0 percent), Wellington (up 13,000 or 6.2 percent), and Rotorua (up 13,000 or 8.6 percent).

Taranaki recorded the largest decrease (down 6,000 or 10.8 percent), followed by Bay of Plenty (down 5,000 or 6.1 percent), Waitaki (down 3,000 or 10.0 percent), Wairarapa (down 2,000 or 10.1 percent), and Ruapehu (down 2,000 or 5.7 percent).




For the year ended November 2014, there were 34,369,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,769,000 (5.4 percent) from the previous November year.


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Last updated 16 January 2015

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