The New Zealand Household Travel Survey is an ongoing survey of household travel conducted for the Ministry of Transport.

In each year between 2003 and 2014, people in more than 4,600 households throughout New Zealand were invited to participate in the survey by recording all their travel over a two-day period. Each person in the household was then interviewed about their travel and also asked about their alcohol consumption and other travel-related information.

Fact Sheets

Motorcycling - October 2015 [PDF, 717 KB]: Motorcycle use on New Zealand roads. Includes information on travel mode share, who motorcycles, motorcycling times and distances, destinations and purposes of cycling, trends by age and type of travel (open road/urban).

Risk: introduction and  mode comparison [PDF, 823 KB]: Risk of death or injury in motor vehicle crashes in New Zealand based on crash data from the Crash Analysis System and travel data from the New Zealand Household Travel Survey. Includes risk by travel mode and an introduction to the concepts. This version updates the analysis to 2014.

Risk: drivers and their passengers [PDF, 992 KB]: Risk of being involved or death or injury in motor vehicle crashes based on crash date from the Crash Analysis System and travel data from the New Zealand Household Travel Survey. Includes risk by age demographic and gender and time of day for drivers and passengers. This version updates the analysis to 2014.

Risk: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists [PDF, 914 KB]: Risk of death or injury in motor vehicle crashes in New Zealand based on crash data from the Crash Analysis System and travel data from the New Zealand Household Travel Survey. Includes risk by age demographic and gender for pedestrians and cyclists, risk by open road/urban road for motorcyclists. This version updates the analysis to 2014.

Public Transport - October 2015 [PDF, 875 KB]:  Public transport use in New Zealand as reported in the New Zealand Household Travel Survey. Local bus, train and ferry passenger travel. Includes information on travel mode share, who uses public transport, why and how often.

Cycling for transport - September 2015 [PDF, 586 KB]: Cycling on New Zealand roads. Includes information on travel mode share, who cycles, cycling times and distances, destinations and purposes of cycling, trends in cycling. This version updates the analysis to 2014.

Walking for transport - September 2015: [PDF, 626 KB] Walking on the road/footpath network in New Zealand. Includes information on travel mode share, walking by age, gender, household structure (such as household type, household vehicles), walking destinations and purposes, time spent walking, trends in walking. This version updates the analysis to 2014.

Driver travel - March 2015 [PDF, 2.6 MB]: Driver travel in light four-wheeled vehicles (cars, vans, utes and SUVs), including driver demographics, destinations, vehicle types, information about passengers carried, time of day, lifetime driving experience and trends in driver travel. This version updates the analysis to 2014.

Parking - October 2015 [XLSX, 173 KB]: (Spreadsheet only) Types of parking locations (on or off road, private or public) for trips in households cars, vans, utes and SUVs. Includes national and regional tables, and parking locations for all stops, overnight parking and for stops of four hours or more.

Comparing Travel Modes - March 2015 [PDF, 3.9 MB]: Comparing travel modes: Travel choices (mode share) made by New Zealanders. Includes trends in mode share, travel by different age groups and destination types, travel to school, and travel by urban and rural residents. This version updates the analysis to 2014. 

Publications

How New Zealanders Travel

This is a one-off publication that looks at the travel patterns of New Zealanders and how these have changed over the past 20 years up to 2008. Released in August 2009, it is based on the results of three separate Household Travel Surveys carried out since 1988. It also outlines how the risk of crashing has changed over the last two decades.

Over the past 20 years some key trends have emerged. Adults are spending more time driving and school children are spending less time walking or cycling to school. Young drivers and motorcyclists are most likely to be involved in fatal crashes.

Download a copy of How New Zealanders Travel here (PDF v7.0, 1.11mb)

The spreadsheet below contains the data underlying the graphs (Figures 1-23) that appear in How New Zealanders Travel.

How New Zealanders Travel spreadsheet (MS Excel 97-07, 113kb)