New Zealand's top destinations to experience in 2015 revealed

The North Island’s pristine lake district of Taupō has topped a consumer poll conducted by leading travel experience provider Experience Oz + NZ as the country’s number one destination to experience this year.

Māori Rock Carvings. Photo: Destination Great Lake Taupo
‘New Zealand’s Top 10 Destinations to Experience’, a trans-Tasman poll now in its second year, has revealed Taupō is the country’s top destination for 2015, closely followed by Fiordland’s perennially popular Doubtful Sound coming in second, while the stunning Bay of Islands were recognised in third place.
 
Destination Great Lake Taupō Sales and Marketing Manager Zelia Horrell was thrilled by the Experience Oz + NZ accolade and said a great deal of work by key advocacy groups and tourism operators had been undertaken, resulting in wins for the region.
 
“A few things have helped put our region on the map over the last year, one of those being the official opening of the Great Lake Trail, part of the NZ Cycle Trail, which opened to rave reviews in April last year,” Ms Horrell said.

“Of course the Great Lake Taupo region has been sought out as a hiking destination for years, as it is home to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which has been heralded by many as the best day walk in NZ. We are also home to the Huka Falls, the most highly visited natural attraction in the country, and the fishing here has always been an enormous drawcard. ”

New Zealand’s Top Ten Destinations to Experience 2015:
  1. Taupō
  2. Doubtful Sound
  3. Bay of Islands
  4. Queenstown
  5. Marlborough
  6. Rotorua
  7. The Coromandel
  8. Ruapehu
  9. Nelson
  10. Bay of Plenty