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Kaikoura guest nights down 80 percent in December as accommodation halved

The mid-November 2016 earthquake closed half of Kaikoura's hotels, motels, backpackers, and holiday parks for December, Statistics New Zealand said today. Guest nights fell 32,000 in the month, compared with December 2015.

"Even though nearly half of the Kaikoura accommodation providers were closed, those that remained open were relatively empty in December," business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly said. "Compared with the previous December there was an 80 percent fall in Kaikoura guest nights".

In Kaikoura for December 2016 compared with December 2015:

  • guest nights fell from 40,000 to 8,000 (down 80 percent)
  • commercial accommodation providers that were open fell from 47 to 24 (down 49 percent)
  • the occupancy rate decreased from 51 percent to 15 percent.

Guest nights in the wider Canterbury region were down 6.8 percent in December. Increases in guest nights for Christchurch and the Mackenzie district failed to offset the fall in guest nights in Kaikoura, Ashburton, and Timaru.

 Graph, Change in December month guest nights, 2015 to 2016, South Island territorial authority areas.

These statistics for December 2016 reflect the first full month of earthquake disruption. Statistics for November 2016 were published on 16 February 2016 (see Quake causes record fall in Kaikoura guest nights in November). January 2017 results will be published on 20 March 2017.

See the downloadable Excel tables and PDF maps for more information.

See also: North Island guest nights drive December rise

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For media enquiries contact: Neil Kelly, Christchurch 03 964 8957, info@stats.govt.nz

Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 6 March 2017

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