United Kingdom

Market Overview

New Zealand has long been a favourite holiday destination for British travellers. However, travel to New Zealand and other long-haul destinations was hit hard by the economic downturn, and the market has continued to decline.

The maturity of the UK market means New Zealand is unlikely to see the growth in visitor arrivals that was seen prior to the global financial crisis. Tourism New Zealand's focus is on converting those potential visitors who are seriously considering New Zealand as a holiday destination and growing the value of these visitors.

Hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2011 provided New Zealand with the opportunity to showcase the country's attractions to millions of people in our key target markets. The tournament also proved to be a strong attraction for visitors from the United Kingdom and Ireland, with more than 22,000 travelling to New Zealand to follow their teams, and enjoy events and tourism experiences between matches.

Half of British visitors to New Zealand have already been here at least once before, and around three-quarters (73.2 per cent) of British travellers visit regions beyond the main tourist centres.  British travellers are amongst the longest stayers in New Zealand, with the majority either visiting for a holiday, or visiting friends or relatives in New Zealand.

The Internet is a key tool for British travellers researching, planning and booking their holidays. Travel agents are used extensively to book flights and other holiday aspects. Many of the travel bookings made online are through travel agents' websites. Around 80 per cent of British travellers to New Zealand are either free independent travellers (FIT) or semi-independent, making a significant proportion of their bookings as they travel the country.

Key Statistics

International Visitor Arrivals February 2014

Year End Total 196,384 5.4%
Year End (Holiday) 78,112 9.6%
Month End Total 32,880 5.4%
Month End (Holiday) 15,456 4.5%
Total Stay Days* 5,888,240
Total Stay Days (Holiday)* 2,202,064
Average Length of Stay* 30.0 days
Average Length of Stay (Holiday)* 28.2 days

International Visitor Survey - YE December 2013

Average Expenditure per Visit NZD3,500
Total Expenditure per Annum NZD608m

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