24 Jun 2013

Tourism jumps to record high for May

3:30 pm on 24 June 2013

The number of people visiting New Zealand has surged, hitting a new high for the month of May.

Statistics New Zealand figures show visitor arrivals rose to 153,000 last month, a 9% increase on April.

The number of tourists from overseas rose sharply led by more visitors from Australia and China.

On an annual basis, tourist numbers rose 1% to 2.6 million.

The high New Zealand dollar also prompted a record number of New Zealanders to take trips overseas last month, swelled by people departing on cruise ships.