Visitor numbers rise in April

Last updated 11:21 21/05/2014

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A late Easter holiday this year helped boosted international tourist numbers 12 per cent in April, compared with the same time last year.

But averaging both March and April arrivals showed that visitor numbers were up only slightly on the same period last year, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand numbered 224,200 in April this year, up 12 per cent.

Most of the increase was put down to the later timing of Easter and school holidays in some key source countries.

"This year, Good Friday was in April, compared with March last year, boosting the number of visitors arriving in April 2014," Statistics NZ population statistics project manager Joel Watkins said.

"The number of visitors for March and April combined was up 1 per cent from 2013."

In the April 2014 year, visitor arrivals numbered 2.78 million, up 6 per cent from last year.

The top-four sources of visitors were Australia, China, the United States, and Britain.

The later Easter also affected the number of New Zealanders taking overseas trips.

The 199,300 overseas trips taken in April 2014 was up 8 per cent from April 2013, but trips taken this year in March and April combined were up 2 per cent from 2013.

Over the year, New Zealand residents took 2.21 million trips, up 2 per cent from last year.

The most common destinations were Australia, the United States, Fiji, and Britain.

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