Resort in line for super season

The number of guest nights, the average length of stay and overall occupancy all shot up in Queenstown in November, which bodes well for a bumper summer season.

November guest nights rose 12.6% on the previous year to 216,640, according to the latest commercial accommodation monitor compiled by Statistics New Zealand.

International guest nights rose 10.9% to 146,944, while domestic guest nights rose 16.5% to 69,696.

The average length of stay rose from 2.40 nights to 2.44 nights.

The overall occupancy rate rose from 50.5% to 56.2%.

The occupancy rate, excluding holiday parks, was 63% in November 2013. Accommodation capacity, excluding holiday parks, rose 4%.

Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd said yesterday the results ''are very positive and it's pleasing to see the continued growth that the region has been experiencing''.

The total number of domestic and international passengers through Queenstown Airport in November was 92,760, up 3.8% on November 2012, the Queenstown Airport Corporation reported.

Total numbers for the year ending November 2013 were up 7.6%, or 85,883, to 1,220,202 on the previous 12 months.

Domestic passenger numbers were down 3.1% compared with November 2012.

The corporation attributed the drop to reduced services from Wellington and Christchurch.

However, international passenger numbers continued month-on-month growth - up 47.3%, or 5766, compared with November 2012.

Queenstown hosts about 2 million visitors a year, 48% international and 52% domestic.

Its peak seasons are late December to March and July and August.