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Guest Nights

In October 2014, a total of 2,753,000 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand, an increase of 188,000 nights (7.3 percent) from October 2013. Both the North Island (up 101,000 or 6.3 percent) and South Island (up 86,000 or 9.1 percent) recorded an increase.


International and Domestic

In October 2014, guest nights comprised 63.1 percent domestic guests (1.74 million guest nights) and 36.9 percent international guests (1.02 million guest nights). Compared with October 2013, domestic guest nights increased by 84,000 (5.1 percent) and international guest nights increased by 103,000 (11.3 percent).


Accommodation Types

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

Hotels had the largest increase in guest nights (up 81,000 or 8.4 percent), followed by holiday parks (up 42,000 or 10.9 percent), backpacker accommodation (up 39,000 or 11.7 percent), and motels (up 26,000 or 2.9 percent).



The overall occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in October 2014 was 37.6 percent, up 2.3 percentage points, compared with 35.3 percent in October 2013.

Hotels had the largest increase in occupancy (up 3.7 points to 62.1 percent), followed by backpacker accommodation (up 2.9 points to 39.8 percent), motels (up 1.3 points to 53.2 percent), and holiday parks (up 1.1 points to 12.6 percent).



In October 2014, Auckland recorded the largest increase in guest nights (up 26,000 or 4.6 percent) from October 2013. This was followed by Queenstown (up 22,000 or 11.6 percent), Rotorua (up 20,000 or 13.2 percent), West Coast (up 16,000 or 21.2 percent), and Wellington (up 16,000 or 7.5 percent).

Taranaki recorded the largest decrease (down 5,000 or 9.4 percent), followed by Waitaki (down 4,000 or 15.9 percent), Hawke’s Bay (down 4,000 or 4.6 percent), Wairarapa (down 2,000 or 12.0 percent), and Central Otago (down 1,000 or 4.2 percent).



For the year ended October 2014, there were 34,203,000 guest nights, an increase of 1,778,000 (5.5 percent) from the previous October year.


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Last updated 10 December 2014

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