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These statistics cover main urban areas (population > 30,000) and secondary urban areas (population > 10,000) as defined by Statistics New Zealand, Because of their large urban populations, Auckland, Canterbury, and Wellington are in the lead for distance walked and cycled in main and secondary urban areas.



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Million km walked and cycled per year, by New Zealand residents of main urban areas (population 30,000 and over) and secondary urban areas (population 10,000 and over). Ages 5 and over only (for comparability with previous survey). Excludes walking and cycling in the bush, on private property (eg farms, malls), and trips under 100 metres.

Nature of data

Quantitative, survey-based
Primary source

New Zealand Household Travel Survey (Ministry of Transport)

From 2003, Household Travel Survey, Ministry of Transport.

Custodian of data Ministry of Transport
URL This data is not published elsewhere. For more information on the Household Travel Survey see https://www.transport.govt.nz/mot-resources/household-travel-survey/
Frequency From 2003, updated annually with four year moving average. Periods run from July to June so 2003-2007 means July 2003 - June 2007.
Disaggregation Regional
Quality of the data Survey based. Household Travel Surveys exclude commercial travel, and tend to underestimate total personal vehicle travel. Response rate (households with full responses from all members): Ongoing survey: 65%-70%.
Next Update To be determined