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.

  1. The Ministry has begun a new continuous travel survey using new technologies (GPS and online forms) from October 2015.
  2. The Ministry carried out a continuous survey of personal travel from 2003-2014. Details of survey methods, questionnaires and results are shown below.
  3. There were 2 earlier one year surveys in 1989/1990 and 1997/1998.


Current Survey

From October 2015, the Ministry is continuously surveying people using GPS units and online forms.


25 Years of New Zealand Travel

This is a one-off publication that looks at the travel patterns of New Zealanders and how these have changed over the past 25 years up to 2014. Released in November 2015, it is based on the results of the three separate Household Travel Surveys carried out since 1989.

Old Survey (2003-2014)

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.

Results 2003-2014

Information about the 2003-2014 Household Travel Survey