South Island guest nights up 7pc
South Island guest nights rose more than 7 per cent in December 2012 from November, in a seasonally adjusted series, though Canterbury was outstripped by Otago in the growth figures.
Otago hotels and motels enjoyed a bumper December, helping to boost the South Island guest nights growth to 7.2 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis.
On an unadjusted basis Canterbury guest nights grew to 435,000 in December up from 366,000 in November and also up from 427,000 in December 2011.
Otago guest nights totaled 492,000 in December, up from 330,000 in November and up from 470,000 in December 2011.
The South Island guest nights rebounded sharply after falling 7 per cent in November.
Statistics New Zealand said Otago was the "main contributor" to the increase in the South Island guest nights in December.
The South Island gains led to an overall national increase in national guest nights.
New Zealand guest nights rose 3.1 per cent in December, recovering from a 2.7 per cent fall in November.
International guest nights increased 6 per cent, while domestic guest nights rose slightly, up 0.6 per cent.
North Island guest nights rose 0.5 per cent in December.
The accommodation survey records guests staying in hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation and holiday parks in New Zealand each month.
Guest nights rose for all types of accommodation, except for backpackers.