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The time spent travelling and the reasons for travelling vary with age. Education and accompanying others are major components of travel for under 15 year olds, but matter little to those aged over 65 years. Travel to work is an important reason for travel for 15–64 year olds, but not for children and those over 75 years old. Those aged 25–54 years spend similar amounts of time travelling to work as they do for shopping/personal business, though the amount of time each age group spends on each varies. In general, the amount of shopping and personal business increases with age, reaching a maximum for 55–74 year olds. For those aged 65–74 years old, this is more than 45 percent of their travel.



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Core dashboard information


Mode share of time spent travelling by reason for travel, by age group (hours per person per week)

Nature of data

Quantitative, survey-based
Primary source

New Zealand Household Travel Survey (Ministry of Transport)

Custodian of data Ministry of Transport
URL https://www.transport.govt.nz/research/travelsurvey
Frequency Periods run from July to June so 2011-2014 means July 2011 - June 2014.
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): 2003-2014: 65%-70%.
Next Update To be determined