Auckland Grows!: International Travel Rises in New Zealand

Auckland Grows!: International Travel Rises in New Zealand
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International travel in New Zealand continues to rise, with it’s biggest airport Auckland taking charge in those efforts to increase tourism.

The government in the country released statistics this week up to September 2023 regarding arrivals from overseas countries, which is rising substantially.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

The Numbers for New Zealand & International Travel…

Auckland Grows!: International Travel Rises in New Zealand
Source: NZ Government.

As we can see from the graph above, international travel out of New Zealand continues to rise steadily when compared to pre-pandemic numbers in 2019.

From September 2022-September 2023, overseas travel into New Zealand, including areas like Auckland, have seen massive rises:

  • Australia (up 787,000 to 1.26 million)
  • United States (up 269,000 to 304,000)
  • United Kingdom (up 144,000 to 172,000)
  • China (up 98,000 to 105,000)
  • India (up 69,000 to 75,000)
  • Germany (up 49,000 to 54,000)
  • Canada (up 49,000 to 56,000).

More people from the major countries around the world are visiting the country in the tens of thousands, and if not hundreds of thousands, striking strong growth for the local economies in the country.

How Is The Country’s Biggest Airport Performing?: Auckland…

Data provided by

If we look towards this month, being November, the statistics for Auckland Airport, New Zealand are looking pretty strong so far.

For November 14-21, the airport is expected to handle 465 movements, based on a seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.

This represents an increase of 12.86% compared to the same period last year, but is only seven movements shy of achieving pre-pandemic figures.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of performance for Auckland Airport, the biggest airport in New Zealand:

Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
October 17-24436 movements382 movements429 movements+12.30%
October 24-31472 movements384 movements431 movements+12.24%
October 31-November 7460 movements377 movements477 movements+18.57%
November 7-14460 movements405 movements464 movements+14.57%

What we can see from the data is that Auckland Airport, New Zealand’s biggest airport, is so close to achieving a consistency in pre-pandemic movement numbers.

And that is backed up by the above statistics from the government which is showing strong progress in the return to pre-pandemic levels, and to even grow it further going into the future.

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