Australian visitor arrivals reach new heights

Visitor arrivals from Australia exceeded 1.5 million for the year ended September 2019, Stats NZ said today.

This is an increase of 55,700 (3.8 percent) compared with the September 2018 year.

“The strong growth in the Australian market was dampened by a decline in visitor arrivals from the Asian region, in particular China and Malaysia,” population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said.

The lift in visitor arrivals from Australia for the year ended September 2019 coincided with both an increase in the number of flights between Australia and New Zealand and a marketing campaign launched by Tourism New Zealand late last year targeting the Australian market.

 New South Wales Queensland Victoria Other Not stated Total
Jan-2009 355166 256714 211238 136435 18450 978003
Feb-2009 354775 258347 212641 136343 18059 980165
Mar-2009 353112 257407 211696 135795 17860 975870
Apr-2009 357912 261539 217510 137157 18556 992674
May-2009 360906 264657 219384 137993 18940 1001880
Jun-2009 362411 267840 220242 138346 19021 1007860
Jul-2009 372412 270621 222561 139167 18872 1023633
Aug-2009 376026 274036 224757 139517 18466 1032802
Sep-2009 377727 279358 227961 142037 18364 1045447
Oct-2009 385576 282648 231576 142876 18687 1061363
Nov-2009 388956 284276 232701 143780 18954 1068667
Dec-2009 394410 288218 234888 146831 18333 1082680
Jan-2010 400697 290182 236828 149647 18342 1095696
Feb-2010 401962 290958 238797 149665 18051 1099433
Mar-2010 408724 295620 242045 152767 17731 1116887
Apr-2010 410428 296648 240167 152821 17203 1117267
May-2010 408474 296210 239573 152945 16919 1114121
Jun-2010 410368 297978 240153 153855 17083 1119437
Jul-2010 409319 299373 240858 154498 16992 1121040
Aug-2010 409269 299302 240202 154654 17222 1120649
Sep-2010 411982 297609 239703 154534 17933 1121761
Oct-2010 406929 297079 238951 154521 17805 1115285
Nov-2010 407066 296971 239160 154568 17643 1115408
Dec-2010 406727 297762 242378 155268 17744 1119879
Jan-2011 404612 299902 244136 155430 17539 1121619
Feb-2011 405462 299427 244386 156580 18089 1123944
Mar-2011 401148 294855 242578 155596 17863 1112040
Apr-2011 403908 296583 246418 155428 17815 1120152
May-2011 404268 297463 248138 155088 17615 1122572
Jun-2011 401348 293283 245258 153768 17535 1111192
Jul-2011 397012 291275 247898 154176 17719 1108080
Aug-2011 397856 293271 249990 154444 17315 1112876
Sep-2011 405524 295341 250096 153908 17725 1122594
Oct-2011 414656 299389 251929 155898 17970 1139842
Nov-2011 415699 302427 252961 156961 18225 1146273
Dec-2011 418790 306301 254123 158362 18850 1156426
Jan-2012 420794 304313 253817 159980 19058 1157962
Feb-2012 421056 305946 254196 159730 19002 1159930
Mar-2012 422464 310960 255428 159820 19644 1168316
Apr-2012 419304 309064 252596 160572 19940 1161476
May-2012 418212 308076 252088 160976 20092 1159444
Jun-2012 423072 312480 256032 163616 20096 1175296
Jul-2012 421408 314048 255056 165248 19872 1175632
Aug-2012 420816 314608 255888 166800 20320 1178432
Sep-2012 416208 312800 256176 167904 19296 1172384
Oct-2012 405456 308864 254368 168080 18880 1155648
Nov-2012 405760 307904 256800 169152 18304 1157920
Dec-2012 404448 304832 256848 171776 17888 1155792
Jan-2013 403056 307408 257680 172304 17504 1157952
Feb-2013 402176 307024 258240 173392 16976 1157808
Mar-2013 406320 310368 262096 175664 16288 1170736
Apr-2013 406272 309152 263248 176880 15952 1171504
May-2013 409840 310688 264736 178256 15936 1179456
Jun-2013 411552 312080 265952 178064 16208 1183856
Jul-2013 411920 312560 266640 181168 16720 1189008
Aug-2013 413696 313968 267840 181424 16592 1193520
Sep-2013 413408 314384 269904 181376 16640 1195712
Oct-2013 416832 317152 271072 181792 16800 1203648
Nov-2013 419488 319104 272000 182800 17232 1210624
Dec-2013 420512 320688 273504 186352 16960 1218016
Jan-2014 422912 322368 274848 189584 16736 1226448
Feb-2014 425424 326320 276336 191744 16752 1236576
Mar-2014 419904 320512 272496 191728 16512 1221152
Apr-2014 423072 326416 275872 193776 16784 1235920
May-2014 421536 327344 276496 194128 16656 1236160
Jun-2014 422960 325760 276352 194144 16592 1235808
Jul-2014 424432 328864 277024 193072 16416 1239808
Aug-2014 424896 327536 276992 192608 16496 1238528
Sep-2014 425008 329088 276752 192160 16560 1239568
Oct-2014 425664 330272 279424 191984 16592 1243936
Nov-2014 426016 331456 280400 192096 16352 1246320
Dec-2014 428384 331504 280144 191472 16256 1247760
Jan-2015 433376 334688 282256 190528 16688 1257536
Feb-2015 434832 334944 282032 190576 16864 1259248
Mar-2015 438992 338080 287040 191232 17808 1273152
Apr-2015 440928 338336 286480 189664 18032 1273440
May-2015 442800 339648 287552 188960 18192 1277152
Jun-2015 445488 341648 290544 189440 18512 1285632
Jul-2015 447344 342576 293008 189136 18128 1290192
Aug-2015 448336 344272 293664 189824 18176 1294272
Sep-2015 452560 346384 297008 190016 18416 1304384
Oct-2015 454848 347248 298880 190640 18640 1310256
Nov-2015 459120 348016 300320 191264 18896 1317616
Dec-2015 461808 351504 304336 190320 18832 1326800
Jan-2016 462864 351840 306112 190224 19024 1330064
Feb-2016 468976 354608 310336 191808 19136 1344864
Mar-2016 474256 362160 316448 192640 19232 1364736
Apr-2016 475248 358816 314416 193280 18784 1360544
May-2016 475728 358480 314736 193376 18848 1361168
Jun-2016 474912 361536 316720 193440 18832 1365440
Jul-2016 480848 361520 316000 194288 19456 1372112
Aug-2016 482176 362320 317840 193552 19472 1375360
Sep-2016 485520 364656 319840 194608 19808 1384432
Oct-2016 488784 367296 319424 194864 19840 1390208
Nov-2016 489104 368592 320992 194624 19600 1392912
Dec-2016 495824 372928 325520 195152 19776 1409200
Jan-2017 497024 373360 328224 195728 20016 1414352
Feb-2017 498016 372560 329184 195616 20320 1415696
Mar-2017 497024 369344 324544 195264 20080 1406256
Apr-2017 505280 376208 333024 197664 20912 1433088
May-2017 508384 378512 335888 198336 21136 1442256
Jun-2017 513056 381328 335696 199440 21104 1450624
Jul-2017 514992 381648 340976 197952 21104 1456672
Aug-2017 516144 383696 342176 198672 21184 1461872
Sep-2017 517472 385808 343136 199056 21152 1466624
Oct-2017 515792 383936 343920 198752 21104 1463504
Nov-2017 519920 385744 347472 199456 21552 1474144
Dec-2017 517840 386480 346960 198912 21968 1472160
Jan-2018 519328 386960 348720 198944 21520 1475472
Feb-2018 517600 386960 351280 197456 21776 1475072
Mar-2018 524528 392160 359360 197248 22096 1495392
Apr-2018 517440 386224 353456 195744 21728 1474592
May-2018 518464 387856 353808 196416 21760 1478304
Jun-2018 513408 385184 354816 196016 21824 1471248
Jul-2018 515440 387600 353696 195792 22272 1474800
Aug-2018 517456 389632 353904 194672 22256 1477920
Sep-2018 514496 388896 354928 193744 22400 1474464
Oct-2018 519168 390336 356608 195280 23008 1484400
Nov-2018 520115 390816 359838 195810 25674 1492253
Dec-2018 521421 389220 362310 195056 26533 1494540
Jan-2019 525009 390998 363898 195201 27247 1502353
Feb-2019 525486 390868 363480 195690 28069 1503590
Mar-2019 521651 384233 358616 195829 30675 1491001
Apr-2019 526728 389481 366997 195926 32855 1511984
May-2019 526904 388707 366917 195509 34702 1512736
Jun-2019 527611 388506 367307 194626 36552 1514600
Jul-2019 527782 388400 367824 194236 38250 1516490
Aug-2019 529988 387820 369293 194806 40388 1522293
Sep-2019 532152 388628 371204 195917 42301 1530197

Consistent with previous years, 36 percent of visitor arrivals from Australia in the year ended September 2019 were from New South Wales, followed by Queensland (26 percent) and Victoria (25 percent). The remaining states/territories made up 13 percent of all visitor arrivals from Australia.

More than three-quarters of the visitor arrivals from Australia were here to take a holiday or to spend time with family and friends. About one-quarter of all visitor arrivals from Australia were New Zealand citizens.

Annual visitor arrivals from Australia increased across all age groups in the September 2019 year compared with the September 2018 year. The largest increases were in the 65+, 25-34, and 55-64 year age groups. This represents an increase of more than 9,000 visitor arrivals from each age group.

Year ended Sep-15 Sep-16 Sep-17 Sep-18 Sep-19
under 15 138304 148992 156544 158992 164117
15-24 143728 151072 157648 157968 159294
25-34 272560 286576 302912 302160 311764
35-44 224656 238288 249408 249584 256157
45-54 232256 244224 260256 254528 262296
55-64 183888 199248 212800 217264 226670
65+ 108992 116032 127056 133968 149899

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