SunLive – Surge in BOP holiday bookings from Aucklanders

Bay of Plenty regional tourism and accommodation operators are set to benefit from a surge in the number of Aucklanders booking out-of-region travel, according to new data.

New figures from Bachcare, New Zealand’s largest holiday home management firm, show a 108 per cent increase in bookings during November 4-10 over the week prior – marking the busiest week of bookings for Aucklanders since the lockdown began in July.

In comparison, bookings for travellers from outside of Auckland were up 34 per cent over the same two-week period.

Summer bach holiday. Photo: Supplied.

Zaina Razzaq, spokesperson for Bachcare, says the data suggests Aucklanders are growing increasingly confident that the borders will reopen in time for the summer holidays.

“Auckland is the single largest source of revenue for most of the domestic travel and tourism industry at the moment and has been navigating a high level of uncertainty in recent months.

“We know that the signals from the Government are providing an increasing level of confidence that Aucklanders will be able to travel at Christmas and as a result we have seen a surge in the number of bookings over the past week,” says Zaina.

Zaina says Aucklanders typically book summer bach stays within driving distance of the city particularly in Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Northland, and Waikato regions.

SunLive - Surge in BOP holiday bookings from Aucklanders

View from glass house in Raglan. Photo: Supplied.

She says despite the logistical challenges faced by the Government around processing tens of thousands of vehicles exiting the city, Aucklanders are growing increasingly optimistic this will be resolved ahead of December.

“A large part of the holiday home rental market is heavily reliant on the ability of Aucklanders to access their accommodation by road.

“While there is plenty of activity in the regions adjacent to Auckland with areas such as Coromandel making up over a quarter (27 per cent) of bookings, we are also seeing a segment of this region opting to stay closer to home in areas such as Matakana (8 per cent) and Waiheke Island (6 per cent).

“Outside of those areas Canterbury and Lake Taupo are also popular with around a sixth (17 per cent) of Auckland travellers,” says Zaina.

Canterbury is also a popular holiday destination for Aucklanders. Photo: Supplied.

Zaina says December bookings make up 38 per cent of stays with January a further 26 per cent. A fifth of bookings have been made for November – with many keen to get out of the city as soon as the travel can resume.