Social » Quality Lifestyle

Living in the Wellington region is enjoyable, and people feel safe. A variety of healthy and affordable lifestyles can be pursued. Our art, sport, recreation and entertainment scenes are enjoyed by all community members – and attract visitors.

What is Quality Lifestyle?

A peaceful, harmonious and secure society is a vital and profound social asset that directly benefits the economy and the quality of life of its citizens. Therefore, if people’s perceptions of their overall quality of life are high then this tends to relate positively to their personal well-being. Lack of affordable housing can result in parts of the population living in crowded and inadequate housing which can impact on health and other social outcomes.

Quality lifestyle is made up of 13 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the quality lifestlye community outcome definition (shown above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2018 period) is provided via the menu below. The index that measures change in the quality lifestyle outcome (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.

People on Mt Aston slopes

Quality lifestyle GPI, 2001-2018

What this means

The quality lifestyle GPI has fluctuated over time, and the 2018 result is just below the result in 2003. Shifts have been observed for some of the individual values within the indicators. Between 2001 and 2018 across the Wellington region, six indicators in the quality lifestyle index improved, six declined, and one remained fairly stable.

Did you know?

Using GDP, smoking has traditionally been counted as a benefit to the economy. With a GPI, smoking is regarded as a cost

13 Indicators are being used to track Quality Lifestyle in the Wellington region

Click on each indicator below to access further information

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Visitor guest nights

Why is this indicator important?

Tourism contributes significantly to the local economy. Infrastructure developed to serve the visitor market may also benefit local residents, enhancing the potential for improving quality of life in the region.

Visitor guest nights, 2001-2018


  • In 2018, the number of visitor guest nights in the Wellington region was, 3,176,000.
  • The number of visitor guest nights in the Wellington region increased each year between 2001 and 2008, and has consistently increased since 2012. Guest nights have increased significantly since 2001, an increase of 68%.

Visitor guest nights

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The number of guest nights, where a guest night is equivalent to one guest spending one night at an establishment, at short-term (less than one month) commercial accommodation providers that have a turnover of at least $30,000 per annum.

Data source

Statistics New Zealand: Accommodation Survey

Last updated April 2019

Indicators are updated in April each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

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