The Ministry conducts an ongoing survey of people throughout New Zealand. This survey collects information about day-to-day travel in New Zealand – such as, how, where and when we travel. The results give us a picture of the travel patterns and choices of all types of people – information which is vital for developing transport policy including road safety, public transport, walking and cycling.
There have been a number of national travel surveys over the years.
- The Ministry has begun a new continuous travel survey using new technologies (GPS and online forms) from October 2015.
- The Ministry carried out a continuous survey of personal travel from 2003-2014. Details of survey methods, questionnaires and results are shown below.
- There were 2 earlier one year surveys in 1989/1990 and 1997/1998.
From October 2015, the Ministry is continuously surveying people using GPS units and online forms.
The previous survey ran from 2003 to June 2014. This surveyed 2 days of travel with the information collected in a face to face interview.
Information about the 2003-2014 Household Travel Survey
- 2003-2014 Information for people in the survey (text of a pamphlet given to each household in the survey)
- 2014 Information for people in the online trial travel survey (From mid-January 2014, the Ministry did a three month trial to see whether using online methods and GPS is more accurate, user-friendly and cost-effective when surveying New Zealanders’ day-to-day travel.)
- 2013-2014 How is the survey carried out? (Choosing households, travel diaries, privacy considerations)
- 2003-2014 Information for researchers (sampling method, sample size, survey materials and questionnaires)
- 2003-2014 Detailed survey information (data gathered, piloting and testing, detailed sample design, estimation of distance, estimation methods)