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Where people live has a definite effect on their journey to work and the ways they can travel. Looking at people’s journey to work in various main urban areas, we see that people in the Wellington area are least likely to drive to work (61 percent of their journeys to work involve driving) and are most likely to use public transport (train or bus, 18 percent of their journeys to work). Of the active modes, those in Wellington and Dunedin have the highest walking rates (9 percent of journeys), while those in Christchurch have the highest cycling rates (7 percent of work journeys).


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Core dashboard information


Mode share of journeys to work by main urban centre (by percentage) 2009/14

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 2009-2014 means July 2009 - June 2014.
Disaggregation National and Regional
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