THE number of international visitors to New Zealand dropped 9% in Apr when compared to the same month last year, with falls among most source markets except China.
Figures released by Stats NZ yesterday show arrivals were down 28,000 to 283,900, mainly due to this year’s early Easter.
The number of Australians visiting New Zealand was down 20,800 from 2017 to 109,800 in Apr this year.
“Last year’s Apr saw particularly high visitor numbers with Easter, Anzac Day and the school holidays all falling in the same month, making it an attractive option for many trans-Tasman holidaymakers,” said Stats NZ population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers.
Arrivals from the UK & US were down 21% & 10% respectively.
Visitor numbers for the year to Apr were up 5.4% to 3.79 million.