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Car use (as a driver and passenger) has increased while the use of all other modes has reduced. Household travel is dominated by car use. 79% of trip legs are by car as a driver or passenger, while 18% are by walking or cycling, and 3% by public transport.



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Further Related Statistics:

HD003 Mode share of trip legs by region (%)

HD004 Mode share of travel time

HD005 Time spent travelling by purpose and mode

HD006 Mode share of travel time by age group (%)

HD015 Time spent travelling by purpose

HD016 Time spent travelling by age group and purpose

HD017 Time spent travelling by mode

HD018 Time spent travelling by age group and mode

RD014 Average distance travelled per day by time of day and purpose (Km)

Core dashboard information


Mode share of trip legs, aged 5 and over

Nature of data

Quantitative, survey-based
Primary source

New Zealand Household Travel Survey (Ministry of Transport)

Custodian of data Ministry of Transport


Frequency 1989/90 ; 1997/98. From 2003, updated annually with four year moving average. Periods run from July to June so 2003-2007 means July 2003 - June 2007.
Disaggregation National
Quality of the data Survey based. The survey is designed to capture household travel only and excludes most commercial and freight travel, so will underestimate total personal vehicle travel. Response rate (households with full responses from all members): 1989/90=75%; 1997/98=75%; 2003-2014: 65%-70%.
Next Update To be determined