New Zealand tops Australia's most popular travel destinations list

New Zealand is proving to be a popular destination for Australians.
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New Zealand is proving to be a popular destination for Australians.

While Australia may have a love/hate relationship with New Zealand, in 2015 they flocked to our shores by the thousands.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistic, New Zealand is the number one destination for outbound Australians, with more than 100,000 Australian residents heading here in October alone.

New Zealand also ranked as the fourth most searched destination on Australian travel website Traveller.com.au.

Number two on the list was perennial favourite New York City. Bali came in at number three, while Japan was Traveller's most searched destination in 2015.

READ MORE: 20 things that surprise first-time visitors to New Zealand

 

But despite Australians regularly travelling to New Zealand, it seems they still have a lot to learn about Aotearoa.

In an article entitled 20 things that surprise first-time visitors to New Zealand, the writer began her observations by claiming that New Zealand is "not the same as Australia"

"Yes people get us confused all the time when travelling overseas, but New Zealand is different to Australia. For one thing they prefer Marmite!

"On the North Island, the ties are much closer to Polynesia, while in the South Island you may think you're in Scotland (some locals roll their r's; and Kiwis say 'wee' a lot), while the scenery at times resembles Ireland (thanks to lashings of rain) or Canada in the Alpine regions," travel writer Sheriden Rhodes wrote. 

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