Regional differences in geography and transport infrastructure lead to different transport choices. In Wellington and Taranaki, one quarter of trips are made on foot, but in Southland only one in eight. Driver trips play a larger role in regions with a significant rural population, such as Southland, Manawatu/Wanganui, and Gisborne.

Percentage of each region's trips by mode

The popularity of cycling varies around the country according to terrain, traffic, weather, and the social composition of each region. People in Canterbury and Hawke's Bay cycle the most, averaging more than 150 km a year for every man, woman, and child over five. Conversely, cycling is relatively unpopular in Southland and Auckland (60 and 40 km per person per year, respectively) and almost negligible as a means of transport in Northland, where the average annual distance per person is only 10 km.

In Wellington and Taranaki, one quarter of trips are made on foot, but in Southland only one in eight.

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