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Tourists flocked to Auckland last summer

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/05/2017

© Getty Images Auckland hosted a record number of tourists last summer and it was also a busy summer on the country's national walkway.

About 1.15 million people arrived in Auckland during the December to March peak season and they spent a record $3.13 billion.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Auckland Council's economic growth agency, says the strong figures for Auckland came after years of consistent marketing of the city as a destination.

The number of arrivals from the United States rose 28 per cent and the number from Australia rose 2.1 per cent compared to last summer.

Auckland, like other parts of the country, has experienced a slight drop of 3.5 per cent in Chinese visitation.

Hotels were near capacity and were not always able to accommodate some of the larger-sized tour groups from China.

The total number of visitors to Auckland was up 7.1 per cent from the previous summer, which itself was up 12.4 per cent from the year before.

Record numbers of people also took to the Te Araroa Trail during the summer season. The 3000km route traverses New Zealand and takes five months to walk.

Te Araroa Trust chief executive Rob Wakelin said more than 550 people walked the entire length of the trail last summer, and hundreds of thousands more walked sections on shorter hikes and day walks.

The Paekakariki Escarpment Track on the Kapiti Coast was walked by more than 60,000 people during summer, double the 30,000 projected when the trust opened the trail.

Other popular sections include urban stretches on Auckland's North Shore and Wellington's Oriental Parade, which both see hundreds of thousands of walkers a year, and sections alongside the Waikato River in Hamilton and in the hills around Queenstown.

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