20 October 2008

NZ voted top country in world to visit

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In the latest prestigious Conde Nast Traveller Awards in New York, New Zealand was voted the number one country in the world due to its glorious scenery, high level of safety and value for money.

Conde Nast delivers monthly magazines to 770,000 people in the US and has a reported 3.1 million readers, and this year the readers gave their favourite travel destinations a score out of 100 for several criteria. 

Overall, New Zealand scored an impressive 95.11, which put it on the top of the table.  Scoring 99.22 for its breathtaking scenery, 96.47 for safety and 96.86 for value for money, New Zealand managed to beat India and Italy for the number one spot.

This year, New Zealand won several other awards, including the 'top country' for tourism in the Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Awards 2008 (UK) and 'Country of the Year 2008' by Australian travel show Getaway, while Tourism New Zealand won a Gold Award in the Designers Institute of New Zealand's Best Design Awards for its inflatable rugby ball venue.  The Guardian, the Observer and guardian.co.uk asked their readers of their favourite long-haul destination in the recent annual Reader's Travel Awards, and for the second time New Zealand reigned supreme as their number one destination.  Famed travel guide the Lonely Planet also named New Zealand in the Lonely Planet’s 2009 'best of' travel guide.

Many international visitors to New Zealand do not have to apply for a tourist visa to holiday in the country.  Australian citizens have visa-free entry to New Zealand, while British citizens can holiday in the country for up to 6 months on a Visitor’s Permit.  Nationals from countries part of the visa waiver agreement with New Zealand can visit the country for no more than three months without needing to apply for a New Zealand tourist visa.

The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their New Zealand visa application.

Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.

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