Nearly 50,000 Chinese tourists arrive in NZ for February's Golden Week
STACY SQUIRES/FAIRFAX NZ
January and February are traditionally New Zealand's busiest and most lucrative tourism months but it is the growth in Chinese holiday visitors that is pushing the industry to new peaks.
The so-called "golden week" starting February 7 coincides with the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday week and China's middle class goes on the move particularly to destinations like Thailand and Japan, but also further afield to places such as New Zealand.
Increased air capacity to New Zealand from China is also helping.