25 Sep 2012

International visitors at a 10-year high

5:03 pm on 25 September 2012

New Zealand has received the highest number of international visitors in the year to August than for the previous 10 years.

Statistics New Zealand says 2,635,570 people arrived in the country during the period, about 133 259 more visitors than during the same period last year.

Of the arrivals in the year to August, 1,178,432 were from Australia, 210,400 from the United Kingdom, 181,856 from the United States and 180,768 from China.

More than 2 million visitors were in the country on holiday, and most stayed between eight and 14 days.