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Kiwis flying in record numbers

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/09/2016

Kiwis are taking to the sky like never before, with Australia, Fiji and the UK luring more people to visit, while record numbers of foreigners are also visiting our shores, official figures show.

The 2.52 million overseas trips New Zealanders took in the year to August was a record and up by 6 per cent on the previous year, Statistics New Zealand says.

"The increase in overseas trips between the August years was boosted by more New Zealand residents travelling to Australia, Fiji, and the UK," population statistics manager Jo-Anne Skinner said.

August also set a record for the month - New Zealand residents made 235,200 trips overseas, an 8 per cent increase from August 2015, as people sought out the warmer climates of Vietnam, Indonesia and the Cook Islands.

A new August record was also set for visitor arrivals - the 221,200 arrivals were up 9 per cent from the previous August, due mainly to a 13 per cent increase in holiday arrivals.

Holidaymakers from the US, Malaysia, and Japan were the main contributors to the rise.

In the August 2016 year, visitor arrivals also hit a record 3.36 million, up 11 per cent from the August 2015 year, driven by increases in visitor arrivals from China and Australia.

There was a record-equalling annual net gain of 69,100 migrants.

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