Visitor numbers return to normal

Last updated 11:38 22/11/2012

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Visitor numbers for October returned to pre-Rugby World Cup levels, the latest release from Statistics New Zealand shows.

In October this year 184,200 people visited New Zealand, down 15 per cent compared with last year's bumper October when 215,900 visitors came to our shores.

The Rugby World Cup attracted 53,200 visitors last October, with the biggest increases in arrivals coming from Australia - providing an extra 17,000 visitors - South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

October 2012's statistics are similar to 2010 inflows, when 184,900 people came to New Zealand for a short trip during that month. In 2009, 187,400 short-term visitors came to New Zealand in October and 173,900 came in October 2008.

While the 2010 numbers are similar to this year, there was a difference in the countries the visitors came from, Statistics New Zealand said.

October this year had 6700 more arrivals from China, and fewer from the United Kingdom which was down 2000 after recording an increase of 2800 in Rugby World Cup year. Arrivals from Japan and Korea were also down.

The migration figures show New Zealand gained more people than were lost in the month, recording an adjusted net gain of 300 for October 2012. 

However, Australia continues to draw Kiwis with a net loss of 3200.

Statistics New Zealand said net outflows to Australia have remained relatively stable since March of last year and average 3300 per month.

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