The number of overall visitor arrivals sits at all-time highs, with ex-Chinese arrivals up 13 per cent year on year in February.
There has been especially strong growth from Europe (13 per cent) and the US (28 per cent) of late.
With the likes of the World Masters Games and the British and Irish Lions rugby tour this year, there are certainly factors that could see this strong growth for New Zealand continue.
The biggest question is whether the county has the ability to accommodate the demand, although that is certainly one of the ‘nice-to-have’ problems.
Philip Borkin is senior economist and Sharon Zollner Associate Director & Senior Economist, ANZ NZ