Most travel time is spent in motor vehicles
In 2019–22, New Zealanders spent an average of 1,400 million hours each year travelling in motor vehicles (cars, vans or motorcycles). This is equal to 82.0% of the total hours spent travelling.
Meanwhile, 12.3% of all travel time was spent using active transport (walking or cycling). A further 4.8% was spent on public transport (public bus, train or ferry).
Large regional differences in travel modes used
The use of active transport and public transport can be limited by several barriers, including concerns about road safety, a lack of safe places to travel and poor urban design. In smaller towns and rural areas, public transport is often not available.
In 2019–22, public and active transport made up a particularly high percentage of travel time for people in the Wellington region (29.5%), compared to the national average of 17%. Much of this is due to the amount of time spent walking, which was nearly double the national average. People in Nelson Marlborough (21.4%) and Auckland (19.5%) regions were also high users of public and active transport.
Information about the data
Household travel time by mode of transport
Source: New Zealand Household Travel Survey, Ministry of Transport
Definition: The amount of household travel time spent travelling by transport mode, as a percentage of total household travel time (in hours) spent travelling per year. For this indicator, household travel excludes professional driver trips, that is, those trips done to transport goods or people as a professional driver or for commercial purposes.
For more information, visit the Ministry of Transport's webpage on the New Zealand Household Travel Survey.