As a proud Marmite loving, All Black supporting, jandal wearing Kiwi I couldn’t let this latest piece of news pass without mentioning it here.
Yes, for the Fourth year in a row New Zealand has been named the world’s favourite country by readers of The Telegraph ,with over 75,000 people voting. In a similar survey for the World’s best travel destination at Wanderlust Travel Magazine it was also ranked 1st for the second year in a row (after being in the top 3 for the previous 3 years). Now for us kiwis that isn’t really that surprising, we don’t call it “God’s own” for nothing and in fact some of my co-workers here in Finland when they refer to New Zealand don’t actually use its name, they simply call it Paradise…
As part of their article on the awards The Telegraph also published an article on the 26 Reasons why New Zealand is the World’s Best Country.
There are not many countries in the world where you can be skiing in the mountains in the morning, surfing in the ocean in the afternoon then enjoying dinner at a world class winery, or where you can see seals on the side of the State Highway. It is a country of such diverse beauty that you really do need to see it with your own eyes.
I know in my travels I have run into many people who have seen “Lord of the Rings” or “The Hobbit” and have fallen in love with the scenery and YES, it really is as beautiful as it looks on screen.
Get Off the Beaten Track
My advice to anyone looking to travel to New Zealand is avoid the package tours and “must see” destinations, get off the beaten track and enjoy the real New Zealand. Walk some of the tracks, camp by the sea, bath in a volcanic hot pool on the side of a Mountain, skim stones on a deserted lake or just sit back with a world leading Sauvagnon Blanc and enjoy a BBQ (or a hangi if you have the right connections…) at the bach you have rented in the Marlborough Sounds…..
Check out AirBnB for somewhere to stay and enjoy New Zealand as an honourary “Kiwi”.
For some Real New Zealand Adventures check out our list here