Auckland International Airport reported a 92 per cent surge in Chinese arrivals in February, due to the timing of Chinese New Year, but New Zealand's biggest gateway is also benefitting from a consistent lift in visitors from China as part of a broader boom in tourism.
People arriving from China were the third biggest group in February, at 57,900, behind the 74,100 Australian arrivals and the 143,500 New Zealand residents.
According to data released by Statistics New Zealand earlier this week, the number of visitors from China in February more than doubled to 68,900 from the previous year, with visitors from Hong Kong up 53 per cent to 6,300 and visitors from Taiwan rising 37 percent in the month to 1,440.
On an annual basis, Chinese arrivals who said they were coming for holidays rose 9.2 per cent in the year to February 2018, at 28,000.
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