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Aucklanders the most frequent flyers

Stats NZ reports that New Zealand residents averaged 63 international trips for every 100 residents in the year ended June 2019 (based on estimated resident population at 30 June 2018).

Auckland residents had the highest rate among New Zealand’s 16 regions, averaging 80 trips for every 100 residents. Wellington region residents averaged 65 per 100. In contrast, residents of Gisborne region averaged 31 trips per 100 residents.

"The rate at which New Zealanders makes overseas trips varies from region to region. Proximity to an international airport plays a part in the ease and affordability of travel," says population indicators manager Tehseen Islam.

Among smaller geographies, the highest overseas trip rates were among the residents of the Auckland local board areas of Ôrâkei (131 trips per 100 residents), Devonport-Takapuna (106 per 100), and Waitematâ (105 per 100).

Regional map of New Zealand showing number of overseas trips by New Zealand residents in year ending June 2019, per 100 people resident in each region. Circles are proportional to number of overseas trips per 100 population, ranging from Auckland (80 trips per 100 residents) down to Gisborne (31 trips per 100 residents).

Population denominator is the estimated resident population of each region at 30 June 2018 (as of 9 August 2019).

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