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NEIL REID
Last updated 05:00 03/11/2013
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Globetrotting Phil Keoghan knows an amazing destination when he sees one.

The Amazing Race's eight-time Emmy Award-winning host has compiled his all-time global hot spots and chosen two New Zealand places - Queenstown and New Chums Beach - as must-see locations.

Just a week after Auckland, Queenstown and the West Coast were recognised in the newly-published Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014, Keoghan's top-23 was published to coincide with his show's 23rd series.

In a list which includes attractions in the Caribbean, South and North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, he described Queenstown as "the adventure capital of the world".

"There are more adventure opportunities packed into this little town than any other place on earth," Keoghan told the Buzz Feed entertainment website.

"This is where I broke a world record bungee jump leaping with the commercial inventor Henry Van Asch."

New Chums Beach - on the northeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula - made the list for its isolation.

"Consistently voted one of the world's top beaches," Keoghan said.

"There are no roads to this idyllic destination. It takes about 30 minutes to walk around the rugged coast line and a climb through the native New Zealand bush before you are rewarded with this spectacular national treasure."

Keoghan's 23 must-see destinations was topped by Stromboli, a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the north coast of Sicily, and included South Pacific island Nuie, which came in at No 13 as "the perfect place to scuba dive".

Last week, Lonely Planet placed Auckland in 10th spot in its Top 10 cities in the world to visit.

The Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014 also placed the South Island's West Coast as the eighth best region in the world to visit.

Queenstown was included in Lonely Planet's best honeymoon locations for 2014.

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