Guests nights rose on average in New Zealand for the month of June, despite the ongoing impact of the Christchurch earthquakes and the volcanic ash cloud.
Visitors staying in commercial accommodation in New Zealand was up 0.3 percent in June 2011, compared figures a year earlier. The small, but positive figure was due to tourism in the North Island, in particular in Auckland (up 13 percent) which had the largest rise of any region. Wellington, also in the north, was up 9 percent.
In the South Island however, there was a decrease of 9 percent on June 2010’s figures. The Canterbury region as a whole experienced a large decrease, especially in international guest nights.
Short-term overseas visitor arrivals to New Zealand numbered 131,300 in June 2011, 14,600 below the June 2010 total of 145,800, and the lowest June month total since 2003. Many flights both in and out of New Zealand were cancelled in June, due to the ash cloud caused by the eruption of Chile’s volcano.
Of the four accommodation types recorded, holiday parks measured the largest increase, (up 32,000 nights) which experts say may be related to New Zealand experiencing the third warmest June since records began. Motels were also up by 26,000 guest nights.
Hotels and backpacker accommodation figures were down by 32,000 and 21,000 guest nights respectfully.