Statistics New Zealand Accommodation Survey January 2016 - Open Waikato


Source: Statistics New Zealand Accommodation Survey January 2016.


In June 2014, compared with June 2016, guest nights in New Zealand rose for all four accommodation types:

  • - hotel guest nights rose 3.2 percent
  • - motel guest nights rose 3.6 percent
  • - backpacker guest nights rose 4.5 percent
  • - holiday park guest nights rose 0.2 percent.

Latest guest night trends show a continuing rise for backpacker accommodation, motels and holiday parks, and little movement for hotels. The growing trend towards online booking of accommodation is expected to further increase these accommodation guest night trends across the district.

(Statisitics New Zealand Accommodation Survey June 2015).


At the end of December 2015, total guest nights for the wider Waikato region (including Hamilton city) were up by 11.8 percent on the previous year. This is greater than New Zealand’s total increase which was 6 percent. International guest nights had increased by 16 percent over the same period. Domestic visitors increased by 6.3 percent.


Waikato Regional Tourism Area


Waikato RTO Area Anual Guest Nights

Note: Waikato RTO consists of the following local authority areas: Hamilton City, Matamata-Piako District, Otorohanga District, South Waikato District, Waikato District, Waipa District and Waitomo District.


The Ministry of Innovation, Business & Employment Commercial Accommodation Monitor provides accommodation information at a regional and district level. This survey collects information from four types of accommodation:

  • - Hotels: Includes both hotels and resorts
  • - Motels: Includes motor inns, apartments and motels
  • - Backpackers/Hostels
  • - Holiday Parks: includes caravan parks/camping grounds.

Hosted accommodation (including private hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and farm stays) has been excluded from the survey since September 2009. Waikato district accommodation is not fully represented by this survey as a number of visitors enjoy more informal options such as farm stays, bed and breakfasts and hosted accommodation. This data does however provide a gauge to our guest nights over time.

Tourism Facts

Some facts about tourism in the Waikato region sourced from the Waikato District Council, Hamilton & Waikato Tourism report to Waikato District Council, 2018.


Visitor Arrivals

The Waikato district has iSite information centres located in Huntly and Raglan. Waikato tourist travel and visitor information includes immigration services, destination information, national parks and general New Zealand travel information.


Visitor Expenditure

The Waikato region has seen steady growth in international visitor expenditure and domestic visitor expenditure in the Waikato is the third highest among the 30 tourism regions in New Zealand.


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