Kiwis are travelling more than ever, with Australia the most popular destination.
Figures released by Statistics New Zealand show residents departed on 198,200 overseas trips in May, up nine per cent from May 2013.
Over the year, New Zealand residents took 2.23 million trips, up 3% from last year.
Australia was the most popular destination, with half of all May trips bound for a city across the Tasman.
The US was the next most-visited destination followed by Fiji, the United Kingdom, China and the Cook Islands.
Migration figures showed 4000 more people arrived to live than departed to live elsewhere.
Population statistics project manager Susan Hollows said net migration has been positive and mostly increasing since September 2012.
The latest figures indicate fewer New Zealanders are relocating to Australia, more New Zealanders are moving home from Australia, and more non-New Zealand citizens are coming to live in the country, she said.