With the exception of some sparsely populated, remote areas, the Travel Survey sampled people from all over New Zealand. This means that the travel of people living in the larger cities can be compared to the travel of people in small towns and rural areas.

Some of the main differences are:

  • Annually, the average rural driver covers almost 28% more distance than the average urban driver. However, as shown on the chart below, rural people spend slightly less time on average driving than do urban people. This is because they cover greater distance on higher-speed-limit roads.
  • In terms of average weekly travelling time per person, rural people spend more time on the bus and as a vehicle passenger, and less time walking and cycling than do urban people.

Average time per person per week

Annually, the average rural driver covers almost 28% more distance than the average urban driver.

* People living in Main Urban Areas are compared with people living in population centres and rural areas that are smaller than Secondary Urban Areas, using the Statistics New Zealand definitions of these areas.

 

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