The Rugby World Cup has boosted international visitors passing through Auckland International Airport, offsetting fewer New Zealanders heading overseas.
The country's main tourist gateway says international passenger numbers rose 10% to 726,276 in October, compared with the same month a year earlier.
The Rugby World Cup led to a significant increase in visitors from South Africa, France, Australia and Britain.
The tournament appeared to depress local business and leisure travel, with domestic patronage falling 2% to 505,743.
The number of flights also picked up, dominated by Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Korean Airlines, as well as the effect of new entrants China Airlines and China Southern Airlines.