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The Wellington Region

Method of travel to work

In the Wellington Region 28,740 people walked, jogged or rode their bike to work in 2013.

The Wellington Region's commuting statistics reveal the main modes of transport by which residents get to work. There are a number of reasons why people use different modes of transport to get to work including the availability of affordable and effective public transport options, the number of motor vehicles available within a household, and the distance travelled to work.

Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the availability, effectiveness and utilisation of local transport options, particularly when analysed with Residents Place of Work data and Car Ownership.

Derived from the Census question:

'On Tuesday 5 March, what was the one main way you travelled to work – that is, the one you used for the greatest distance?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Method of travel to work
Wellington Region20132006Change
Main method of travelNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Drove a car, truck or van111,58847.459.3113,32848.558.8-1,740
Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus10,5544.53.912,4115.34.7-1,857
Motorbike or power cycle3,0361.31.31,9170.81.0+1,119
Train14,6466.21.613,6295.81.3+1,017
Public bus18,0037.63.817,7037.63.4+300
Bicycle5,7422.41.73,8611.71.4+1,881
Walked or jogged22,9989.85.320,6498.85.1+2,349
Worked at home14,5146.28.213,4225.78.0+1,092
Did not go to work on census day24,38410.310.123,57410.110.0+810
Other2,5231.11.02,0730.90.8+450
Not stated / included7,6173.23.811,0554.75.6-3,438

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Method of travel to work, 2013
Method of travel to work, 2013 Drove a car, truck or van, North Island: 59.3% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, North Island: 3.9% Motorbike or power cycle, North Island: 1.3% Train, North Island: 1.6% Public bus, North Island: 3.8% Bicycle, North Island: 1.7% Walked or jogged, North Island: 5.3% Worked at home, North Island: 8.2% Did not go to work on census day, North Island: 10.1% Other, North Island: 1.0% Drove a car, truck or van, Wellington Region: 47.4% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Wellington Region: 4.5% Motorbike or power cycle, Wellington Region: 1.3% Train, Wellington Region: 6.2% Public bus, Wellington Region: 7.6% Bicycle, Wellington Region: 2.4% Walked or jogged, Wellington Region: 9.8% Worked at home, Wellington Region: 6.2% Did not go to work on census day, Wellington Region: 10.3% Other, Wellington Region: 1.1%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2013
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2013 Drove a car, truck or van, Wellington Region: -1,740 Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Wellington Region: -1,857 Motorbike or power cycle, Wellington Region: +1,119 Train, Wellington Region: +1,017 Public bus, Wellington Region: +300 Bicycle, Wellington Region: +1,881 Walked or jogged, Wellington Region: +2,349 Worked at home, Wellington Region: +1,092 Did not go to work on census day, Wellington Region: +810 Other, Wellington Region: +450
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2013, there were 32,649 people who caught public transport to work (train or bus) in the Wellington Region, compared with 125,178 who drove in private vehicles (as a driver, or passenger).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that 13.9% used public transport, while 53.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 5.4% and 64.5% respectively in the North Island.

The major differences between the main method of travel to work of the population in the Wellington Region and the North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who used the train (6.2% compared to 1.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who walked or jogged (9.8% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who used public buses (7.6% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who drove a car, truck or van (47.4% compared to 59.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in the Wellington Region increased by 1,983 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 were for those nominated:

  • Walked or jogged (+2,349 persons)
  • Bicycle (+1,881 persons)
  • Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus (-1,857 persons)
  • Drove a car, truck or van (-1,740 persons)

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