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The New Zealand Household Travel Survey is an ongoing survey of household travel conducted for the Ministry of Transport. Between 2015 and 2018, each year people in over 2,000 households throughout New Zealand were invited to participate in the survey, by recording all their travel over a seven-day period. Each person in the household was asked about their travel and other related information.

Note that this travel survey captures travel in the road/footpath environment (and domestic flights and ferries); off-road activities such as mountain biking and hiking are not included in these estimates. The 2015-2018 data is from 8,267 people in 4,144 households, collected between October 2015 and July 2018. Professional driver trips (including cycling trips such as mail and pamphlet delivery) have been excluded from the analysis.

A glossary is available.

In July 2018, the methodology changed from asking housheolds to record 7 days of travel to recording 2 days of travel. See Survey questionnaire and methodology section for more information about this change.


Please note that these are preliminary results from the New Zealand Household Travel Survey and may be subject to change. These results from the new survey are not directly comparable to the results from the 2003-14 or earlier travel surveys. The detail and breadth of information available based on the new survey will improve as the sample size increases over the years. More analysis will be made available on these pages as they are completed.

This analysis focusses on those households where everyone in the household fully completed the travel diary and they are weighted to represent the New Zealand population.