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.

From 25 April 2020 until August 2020, the Ministry will be running a substitute/parallel travel survey (the COVID-19 travel survey) via phone. More information about this for participants can be found here.

Please note: From 23 March 2020 to 30 June 2020, the Ministry paused face to face surveying for the Household Travel Survey due to the COVID-19 risk.

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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 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 to June 2018, the Ministry continuously surveyed people using GPS units and online forms, collecting 7 days of travel information.

From July 2018, the number of travel days assigned was reduced to two, with a follow-up interview to collect additional travel information.

Panel surveys and attitudes

As part of this new survey, people involved are asked if they are happy to take part in other short surveys. These surveys are designed to give insights into people’s attitudes on a range of transport topics, such as transport technologies, public transport and active transport. These allow deeper research into their attitudes to transport and what might influence travel in their daily lives, as well as their travel patterns.

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