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International travel

New Zealand lies around 1,600km from Australia’s eastern coast (a three-hour flight) and 9,000–12,000km from all Pacific Rim destinations (10- to 16-hour flight). Auckland has the busiest of the several airports servicing international travellers. Peak travel months are December to February.

2003 2008

Short-term travel

(million)
Overseas visitor arrivals 2.1 2.5
NZ resident departures 1.3 2.0

New Zealand’s top 10 visitor source countries for 2008 were the five listed below, followed by the Republic of Korea, Germany, Canada, Singapore and the Netherlands.

2003 2008

Top five visitor source countries

(thousand)
Country of last permanent residence
Australia 655 968
United Kingdom 250 291
United States of America 208 216
China, People's Republic of 71 124
Japan 163 115

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Migration

Graph, New Zealand in Profile Travel.

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