Transport data sources and research
Improving the quality of or access to transport data will lead to a better evidence base on which decisions can be made about investment in Canterbury’s transport network. We are working with territorial authorities, other South Island councils, and central government, to make improvements.
Report commissioned by Environment Canterbury - Harnessing the potential of data for Canterbury's tourism and transport networks.
Environment Canterbury, on the region’s behalf, commissioned a report to identify gaps where collecting or improving the quality of, or access to existing data could lead to a better evidence base on which decisions can be made about investment in Canterbury’s transport network, as well as tourism infrastructure and other services to support the visitor experience. Click here to view the report.
Options to close gaps in information will take time to implement. As an initial step, the following table summarises some of the data available to assist infrastructure owners with planning and investment decisions. You can find the summary table here and specific information below.
NZTA transport data
A range of data tools are available on NZTA’s website.
that provide key information on the transport sector.
The Ministry of Transport’s Future Demand project
explores the uncertainty of demand for personal travel by developing four future scenarios looking at the possible impact on travel. These are not predictions or preferences for the future transport system – rather a range of plausible futures that will help us make better investment decisions.
Upcoming publication, not yet available. The update will include a high-level view of the state of the transport system, commentary on emerging issues and trends, and 30-year projections of future transport demand. You can view a presentation from the Ministry of Transport here
Monitoring Greater Christchurch Regeneration
The report provides a summary of regeneration progress, drawing on numerous sources of information collected and published by other agencies. The report is intended to provide the public with an easily accessible account of progress in greater Christchurch, based on data available as at 31 May 2017. Read the Monitoring Greater Christchurch Regeneration - June 2017 - Report
Assets and infrastructure
For information about networks, including assets, congestion, vehicle kilometres travelled, bridge, road and cycle way metrics, works carried out on local roads and state highways and the condition of roads visit NZTA's Transport networks
Statistics about how people choose to travel, and the use of actual public transport, motor vehicles, walking and cycling can be found at NZTA's Statistics on
mode of transport
New Zealand Vehicle Fleet Statistics
including monthly electric vehicle registrations, quarterly fleet statistics and annual vehicle fleet statistics.
Urban New Zealanders attitudes and perceptions of cycling
A survey of attitudes and perceptions towards cycling
, among people who live in our main urban centres, to help track progress toward our goal to make cycling a safer and more attractive transport option.
Traffic counts sourced from certain councils:
to find out how much NZTA and territorial authorities spend on transport including infrastructure, transport planning, road maintenance, walking and cycling and passenger transport.
Modelled Territorial Authority Gross Domestic Product (MTAGDP)
Experimental estimates of MTAGDP
Economics and demographics
NZTA's Economics and demographics
data outline a number of external factors which help to inform transport decision making. This includes population data, levels of socio-economic deprivation, fuel prices and freight statistics.
International tourism forecasts
View the forecasts
for future tourism demand in New Zealand.
Monthly regional tourism estimates
The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates
(MRTEs) provide an estimate of regional monthly expenditure on tourism from both international and domestic consumers.
International Visitor Survey
The International Visitor Survey
(IVS) measures the travel patterns and expenditure of international visitors to New Zealand. Data includes expenditure, places visited, activities/attractions, accommodation and transport.
Tourism Insight Series
The Tourism Insight Series covers tourism infrastructure, including road
Draft South Island Freight Plan
A starting point for conversations about how all those with an interest in the freight network in the South Island can improve our competitiveness and efficiency. View the Draft South Island Freight Plan
Greater Christchurch Freight Study and Action Plan
The study was undertaken in three steps with sub-reports as follows:
- The Freight Demand Statement which assessed origins and destinations of demand; assessment of freight by commodities, freight hubs and generation points. This provided validation of the GCTS growth forecasts with the addition of a range of forecasts
- The Freight Infrastructure Statement assessed current infrastructure capacity, supply chain capability and identified constraints and opportunities for the future
- The Freight Management Directions Statement builds on the other two documents. It provides recommendations for further optimisation and improvements to the freight network and management practices
UDS partners subsequently agreed on the Greater Christchurch Freight Action Plan
National Freight Demand Study
A snapshot of New Zealand's current freight task and a forecast of what New Zealand's future freight task will look like over the next 30 years. View the study in detail here
Freight Information Gathering System (FIGS)
An overview of freight movements around New Zealand, including containerised freight, rail freight, and bulk coastal freight. View the Fright information gathering system
Transport and Trade database
New insights into New Zealand’s international freight movements, providing an overview of the key results for 2015 and recent trends. Based on a new data source that Statistics New Zealand and Customs have developed, which splits New Zealand’s international sea freight into bulk and containerised. You can view the transport and trade data base here
NZ International Airfreight
The Ministry of Transport commissioned a study on New Zealand international air freight for both exports and imports. This research has analysed demand and available capacity, freight movement patterns and charges, as well as historic trends and future demand. You can read the final report here
Future Freight Scenarios Study
The study was commissioned to provide impartial information, for the purpose of helping the freight sector plan effectively for the increasing numbers of larger ships visiting New Zealand. View the Future Freight Scenario Study
Overseas cargo statistics
Overseas cargo statistics
record the value and gross weight of all goods loaded or unloaded at New Zealand ports – both sea and air.
New Zealand ports and freight yearbook 2016
The New Zealand ports and freight yearbook
presents a concise snapshot of selected macroeconomic and domestic drivers of New Zealand port activity and the freight task.
New Zealand’s forests
New Zealand’s planted production forests, including area, age class and species, as well as planting and harvesting statistics. View the stats of New Zealand's forests here
Wood product markets
Data on forestry imports and exports, and log prices. Statistics about New Zealand’s forests can be viewed here
Wood production and stock levels in New Zealand. View the Wood Processing data here
Background information and statistical data on the New Zealand Forest Industry. View the facts and figures here
Canterbury network map
the network map of bus routes for Canterbury.
Metro developer resource
An overview of the data feeds
that are available for MetroInfo's Bus Network in order to assist independent developers to what information is available and can be integrated into their own applications.
for all state highway corridors in the top 3 One Network Road Classification (ONRC) categories.
NZTA Safety statistics
View NZTA's Safety statistics
on road deaths in NZ and make use of their road safety action planning tool, road safety wizard, and crash analysis reports.
Road Safety Risk
information about the road safety risks for local roads.
Road Crash Statistics
You can view spreadsheet tables and figures relating to road crashes in New Zealand here
Road Safety Surveys
The Ministry of Transport conducts and collates information for a number of road safety surveys every year. Survey topics include child restraints, seatbelt use, speed and the annual Public Attitudes to Road Safety survey.
Road safety statistics for Canterbury
Environment and public health
for information about the impact of transport on the environment, including vehicle fuel efficiency, age and emissions.
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