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Queenstown voted top destination in New Zealand and the South Pacific

rsz_queenstown_view_in_autumn_3Queenstown has been named the number one destination in both New Zealand and the South Pacific in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards. As well as taking out the top spot in the South Pacific and New Zealand, Queenstown has also been rated as one of the world’s top 25 destinations.

This is the third consecutive year Queenstown has won New Zealand’s top destination but it is the first time the four season lake and alpine resort has taken the title of best South Pacific region.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest online travel community and the Travellers’ Choice Destinations awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers.  Award winners were determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travellers’ favourites and most highly rated places.

Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd was delighted with the awards and believes it is a fantastic achievement as well as great international recognition for Queenstown.

“Trip Advisor has incredible reach in terms of influencing the travelling community, so the news that Queenstown has been ranked the best destination in the South Pacific and New Zealand, and also in the top 25 best destinations in the world, reflects the amazing experience people have when they visit here and the quality of the activities and attractions in Queenstown.

“It’s particularly exciting for the region to take out the top South Pacific spot after Sydney has held that position for the last four years” says Mr Budd.

The cosmopolitan resort town, famous for its spectacular scenery and huge range of world-class experiences also earned an international accolade last year when it was named Australasia’s Leading Destination at the 2014 World Travel Awards.

For the complete list of 2015 Travellers’ Choice Destinations winners, go to