New Zealand has 13 of the world’s best travel experiences, with our top offering in 29th place on the list, according to Lonely Planet.
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New Zealand’s best experience, according to the authors, is Fiordland National Park, ranked 29th, while Queenstown is right near the bottom of the global list, ranked 496th.
The list describes Fiordland as a “landscape of giants” and likens it to stepping back into the Jurassic period where “the heart of the wild” beckons.
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“The rugged land offers some of the world’s most mind-blowing kayaking and hiking,” Lonely Planet said.
New Zealand locations in the list are:
29. Fiordland National Park
72 . Abel Tasman National Park
80. Aoraki/ Mt Cook National Park
151. Waiheke Island
189. Bay of Islands
207. Waitomo Caves
209. Lake Wanaka
261. Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
355. Great Barrier Island
419. Stewart Island
The top 10 places worldwide are:
1. Petra, Jordan
2. The Galápagos Islands
3. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
4. Okavango Delta, Botswana
5. Yellowstone National Park, USA
6. Lake Bled, Slovenia
7. Iguazú Falls, Argentina-Brazil
8. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia
9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
10. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
The list of the 500 “most thrilling, memorable and interesting travel experiences in the world” appears in the second edition of Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List coffee table book.
With border restrictions imposed by many countries in response to Covid-19, Lonely Planet suggested the book would help “satisfy your wanderlust from the safety of an armchair”.
The way the list was calculated had changed since the first edition of the book, with extra points for places managing tourism sustainably, Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher said.
The second edition had 200 new entries.
While Australia had the third top-rated entrant overall, it had just nine entries in the list, compared to New Zealand’s 13.