Lonely Planet names Auckland as ’best city to travel to’ in 2022

Congratulations Auckland – named as Lonely Planet’s #1 best city to visit in 2022.

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand, has been named the #1 city in the world to visit next year in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2022. 

With 53 volcanoes within the city limits, 50-plus islands offshore, three wine regions and numerous beaches, Lonely Planet describes Auckland as “a truly exciting and vibrant city”.

The top five Auckland highlights listed in the guidebook include the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Art Gallery, the city’s volcanic cone climbs, wild west coast beaches and beautiful Hauraki Gulf Islands. 

While New Zealand’s biggest and most diverse city has always been beautiful, Lonely Planet says that an “unpredicted consequence of COVID-19 has been the blossoming of Auckland’s cultural scene, putting a fresh spotlight on exciting local creativity.”  

Speaking specifically to Auckland’s offerings in the year ahead, Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2022 points to some of the outstanding events set to take place in Auckland in 2022, including Rugby World Cup 2021 (postponed from this year), as well as the massive contribution of the region’s Pasifika and Māori cultures to Auckland’s burgeoning creative energy, and the ‘brain gain’ created by Kiwis coming home – citing the return of famous restaurateur and celebrity chef Peter Gordon.   
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland previously made an appearance in the prestigious Lonely Planet top 10 back in 2014, however this is the first time Auckland has taken out the top spot. 

Close Kiwi neighbours The Cook Islands – proudly independent and one of the world’s smallest countries – claim the coveted spot as the number one country to seek out in 2022. 

Also featuring in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 list and another coup for Australasia, the Scenic Rim in Southeast Queensland was named number eight region in the world to visit.

In the book’s opening pages, Lonely Planet says that it’s now time for travellers to start contemplating long-postponed travel plans and slowly, but surely, make those dreams a reality. 
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Lonely Planet ‘Best in Travel 2022’

Best in Travel is the global travel authority’s 17th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinations and must-have travel experiences for the year ahead, featuring their top 10 countries, cities and regions to visit in 2022. 

The lists were compiled independently by an international panel of Lonely Planet contributors and judged against criteria addressing topicality, unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor and sustainability.

 Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 – Destination Top 10s

Top 10 Countries:
1. Cook Islands
2. Norway
3. Mauritius
4. Belize
5. Slovenia
6. Anguilla
7. Oman
8. Nepal
9. Malawi
10. Egypt

Top 10 Regions:
1. Westfjords, Iceland
2. West Virginia, USA
3. Xishuangbanna, China
4. Kent’s Heritage Coast, UK
5. Puerto Rico
6. Shikoku, Japan
7. Atacama Desert, Chile
8. The Scenic Rim, Australia
9. Vancouver Island, Canada
10. Burgundy, France

Top 10 Cities:
1. Auckland, New Zealand
2. Taipei, Taiwan
3. Freiburg, Germany
4. Atlanta, USA
5. Lagos, Nigeria
6. Nicosia/Lefkosia, Cyprus
7. Dublin, Ireland
8. Merida, Mexico
9. Florence, Italy
10. Gyeongju, South Korea

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