TripAdvisor: Queenstown takes the top spot

Last updated 08:56 09/04/2014

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Queenstown has been voted the second best spot to visit in the South Pacific, and the number one destination in New Zealand, according to TripAdvisor.

The world's largest travel site yesterday revealed the winners of its 2014 Travellers' Choice awards for Destinations.

The awards involved nearly 500 destinations, including the winners for the top spots in the world, and individual lists for New Zealand and other countries.

The top three destinations in the South Pacific were - in order - Sydney, Queenstown, and Melbourne.

TripAdvisor said Queenstown was an iconic tourism hub that rivalled its Australian competitors.

Rotorua placed second in the New Zealand list, and Taupo was third.

New Zealand did not make the cut as a top-ten world destination, which was claimed by Istanbul. 

There had also been a spike of interest in Asian cities, with Beijing placing fourth, which was 17 spots higher than last year.

The top spots were based on millions of travellers' reviews and opinions from the last 12 months, TripAdvisor said.

Top 10 Travellers' Choice South Pacific Destinations:

1.  Sydney, Australia                                                                 

2. Queenstown, New Zealand                                            

3. Melbourne, Australia                                                         

4. Brisbane, Australia                                                              

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5. Rotorua, New Zealand                                                       

6. Port Douglas, Australia                                                      

7. Taupo, New Zealand                                                          

8. Blenheim, New Zealand                                                       

9. Nelson, New Zealand                                                         

10. Hobart, Australia                                                                  

Top 10 Travellers' Choice New Zealand Destinations:

1. Queenstown, New Zealand

2. Rotorua, New Zealand

3. Taupo, New Zealand

4. Blenheim, New Zealand

5. Nelson, New Zealand

6. Wanaka, New Zealand

7. Tauranga, New Zealand       

8. Christchurch, New Zealand

9. Paihia, New Zealand

10. Napier, New Zealand

Top 10 Travellers' Choice World Destinations:

1. Istanbul, Turkey

2. Rome, Italy

3. London, England

4. Beijing, China

5. Prague, Czech Republic  

6. Marrakech, Morocco

7. Paris, France

8. Hanoi, Vietnam (New)

9. Siem Reap, Cambodia

10. Shanghai, China

Do you agree with this list? Leave a comment.

- Stuff

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