New Zealand Tourism Information

New Zealand Tourism Information
The north and south islands of New Zealand present some of the most diverse terrain within a single country. Famous for its scenery, New Zealand attracts many visitors and has been the backdrop for movies such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Total Annual Visitors

Total international visitors to New Zealand in 2008 were 2,482,488 according to Statistics New Zealand. Visitors hailed from more than 30 different countries.


Increasing Visitors

From 2007 to 2008 the number of visitors to New Zealand increased by approximately 20,000 people and from 2006 to 2007 increased by approximately 88,000.

Tourism Regions

New Zealand has 30 tourism regions altogether--16 on the north island and 14 on the south island, according to the New Zealand Ministry of Tourism. These regions are monitored individually for information like the number of visitors and the visitors' home countries, for example.

Musuem Visitors

There are approximately 230 museums in New Zealand. About 1.7 million tourists visited a museum at least once during their stay in 2006 and, according to the Ministry of Tourism, were stable in number from 2001 to 2006.

Nature Visitors

Those who travel to New Zealand to visit some sort of natural attraction or take part in hiking, skydiving, boating or wildlife-viewing tours numbered about 15.7 million in 2006. Beaches are the leading attraction for both local and international tourists.

Winery Visitors

Approximately 507,500 people visited a winery at least once during their visit in 2006. The number of international tourists visiting wineries in New Zealand steadily grew about 16 percent each year from 2001 to 2006, while the number of domestic tourists slowly decreased during that period.


Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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