Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is delighted that Auckland has been rated as having the country’s top two visitor experiences in Lonely Planet’s latest New Zealand travel guide.
In the 16th edition released this week the Auckland Harbour and Hauraki Gulf was rated the top New Zealand experience, with urban Auckland taking number two.
ATEED Acting General Manager Destination Jason Hill says it’s an outstanding result for New Zealand’s vibrant harbourside city from what is renowned as being the global leader in independent travel guides.
“This reinforces what we know and love about Auckland and feature in our marketing efforts to attract visitors to holiday in our exciting region,” says Mr Hill.
The authors say “it’s hard to imagine a more geographically blessed city” with two oceans, as well as a vibrant Polynesian culture in keeping with having the world’s largest Pacific Island population.
The region’s vast diversity takes centre-stage with Lonely Planet saying that within an hour’s drive from the city centre “there are dense tracts of rainforest, thermal springs, wineries and wildlife reserves. No wonder Auckland’s rated as offering the third best quality of life of any major city.”
The travel guide says the “Hauraki Gulf gives the Bay of Islands stiff competition in the beauty stakes” singling out “wine soaked Waiheke” and “volcanic Rangitoto” as islands not to miss.
The newly refurbished Britomart precinct and Wynyard Quarter also gain praise with Britomart labelled one of the city’s best eating, drinking and shopping precincts and Wynyard Quarter “Auckland’s favourite new place to promenade.”
These accolades from Lonely Planet come soon after ATEED launched a domestic tourism campaign that aims to attract Kiwis to holiday in New Zealand’s international city.
“The campaign is about highlighting the diversity of Auckland including our inspiring cuisine, world-class shopping, spectacular events and stunning natural playground that make up Auckland,” says Mr Hill.
The campaign – which is aligned with Auckland’s 10 year Visitor Plan – aims to increase the value of Auckland’s domestic tourism sector from $1.366 billion in 2010 to $2 billion annually by 2021.
ATEED works to help drive Auckland’s visitor economy and contribute to making Auckland the world’s most liveable city.
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Lonely Planet rates Auckland’s experiences best in New Zealand
Source = Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development
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