New Zealand Voted Number Two Friendliest Destination in the World

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Austravel, the leading Australasia specialist, is offering its customers great value holidays to New Zealand after a successful start to 2013.

Epic New Zealand has been voted the second friendliest destination in the world in a new report by the World Economic Forum which lists the world’s friendliest and most welcoming destinations for tourists. New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery, diverse cities and variety of exciting activities are just some of New Zealand’s highlights that have contributed to making the country so hospitable. Renowned for its outdoor adventure activities, including glacier hikes, sea kayaking, sky diving and rafting, along with the laid back and friendly attitude of the locals, it is not hard to see why the country has made the top three on the list.

New Zealand isn’t just a great place to visit for thrill seekers but for all types of visitors. New Zealand is a treasure trove of eccentric wildlife, remote mountains and lush sub-tropical rainforests, beautiful long stretches of sandy beaches and sophisticated cities. It seems New Zealand is on people's ‘hot list’ of places to visit and is one of the most talked about destinations in the last few months. Austravel, the leading specialist in travel to Australia and New Zealand, offer a huge range of holidays to New Zealand which varies from self drives, escorted tours or just simply accommodation and flights. As well as taking its customers right to the heart of New Zealand, Austravel’s expertise brings its customers the best in excursions to New Zealand’s must-see highlights and offer great value for money.

Over the last three months, Austravel has seen a 40% increase in bookings to New Zealand. New Zealand has been in the spotlight recently with the first of a trilogy of films, The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey, which hit our cinema screens last December. The well-anticipated movie proved to be a huge success as it topped the worldwide box office. The film had a record-breaking opening, dominating the weekend of its release with estimated worldwide box office takings totalling $223 million. The hit film, which was set in the beautiful surroundings of New Zealand’s breathtaking landscapes and included some of New Zealand’s most striking locations, Tongariro National Park, Rock and Pillar Range, Lake Pukaki and Mangaotaki, has without a doubt left an impact in people’s minds and has influenced the desire to follow in the footsteps of their favourite little hobbits and big movie stars.

Other highlights and events this year including England’s cricket tour to New Zealand, Waitangi Day and Festival on the beautiful Bay of Islands, the vibrant Hertz Rugby Sevens, have arguably contributed to New Zealand’s success. Austravel is offering its customers great value offers on holidays to New Zealand and invites you to explore its many natural wonders amongst some of the friendliest people in the world.

Austravel customers can take advantage of a 15-day Auckland and Beyond holiday from £995 per person. This holiday to New Zealand includes 14 nights in an Apollo Motorhome, flights with Cathay Pacific into Auckland from London Heathrow and a saving of £250 per couple. Based on selected travels in June 2013.

Visit diverse Auckland and the stunning Bay of Islands in one ultimate New Zealand holiday. Enjoy a seven-day Auckland and Bay of Islands holiday from £1,149 per person with Austravel, the leading specialist in travel to Australia and New Zealand. This holiday includes three nights at the three-star Mercure Hotel Auckland, three nights at the four-star Copthorne Hotel, Bay of Islands, four days car hire and flights with Cathay Pacific from Heathrow. Based on selected travel in May 2013.

Alternatively, why not experience New Zealand with Austravel’s self drives. The ultimate way to explore and experience New Zealand is by taking to the road yourself. Austravel customers can take advantage of a seven day New Zealand Self-Drive from £1,399 per person. This includes four nights at the four star Novotel Lakeside in Queenstown, one night at the three-star Glenfern Villas in Franz Joseph, one night at the three-star Comfort Inn in Kaikoura, a Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Safari of the Scenes Trip, seven days car hire and flights with Singapore Airlines into Christchurch from London Heathrow. Based on selected travel in October 2013 and offers a saving of £200 per couple.

For more information on Austravel and holidays to New Zealand, visit its website or call a specialist on 0800 988 4834.

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