Germany is our second-largest visitor market in Europe and one that presents significant opportunities for New Zealand tourism. German visitor numbers have remained relatively consistent, despite European economic challenges. Tourism New Zealand is also working to attract German-speaking visitors from neighbouring markets including Austria and Switzerland.
German travellers appreciate New Zealand's mix of natural wonders and cultural attractions. For many Germans, New Zealand is an aspirational destination and Tourism New Zealand's work in this market is focussed on converting this dream of a New Zealand holiday into travel bookings. Other barriers to travel include the high cost of flights to New Zealand, the strengthened Kiwi dollar against the Euro, and the fact that visiting other less-travelled destinations can be a priority for some travellers.
German visitors are independent travellers and travel to an average of eight regions in New Zealand, making them our most widely travelled market. They seek an active encounter with the environment and culture and would, for example, far prefer to kayak a river than go by jet boat.
The majority of German travellers spend significant time researching New Zealand well before travelling and are keen users of guidebooks. German visitors are likely to make the majority of their travel arrangements as they travel around New Zealand.
Length of stay and average spend per night are both high relative to other markets, increasing the value of this market to New Zealand's tourism industry.