New Zealand has been voted ‘Best Destination’ by readers in the Telegraph Travel Awards announced this morning in the UK.
Telegraph Group Travel Editor Graham Boynton said his readers had busy lives and liked New Zealand’s old-fashioned values and shared culture.
“People like the friendliness of the people, the serenity and the beautiful, unspoilt environment of New Zealand. They can get in tune with the place and relax with the people,” he said.
Mr Boynton added that New Zealand was a place people visited not for a few days, but for a few weeks, “to become part of things”.
The Telegraph has a readership of 2.5 million and a circulation of 1.2 million on Saturday.
Last month New Zealand won the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, being named ‘Overall Winner’ as well as ‘Best Destination’.
In October, New Zealand won the Observer/Guardian Reader’s Travel Awards for favourite long-haul destination.
Source: Tourism New Zealand Media Release