New map reveals the most romantic regions in New Zealand

Christchurch city.
Christchurch city. Photo credit: Getty

A list of the top regions when it comes to romance has been released just in time for Valentine's Day.

The rankings, compiled by discount site Picodi.com, used a combination of statistics from Google searches about romantic queries from each region. 

Canterbury topped the list, followed by Gisborne, Auckland, Wellington, and Waikato.

The map indicating New Zealand's most romantic regions. Canterbury, Gisborne, and Auckland were the top three while the West Coast, Bay of Plenty, and Otago were the bottom three.
The map indicating New Zealand's most romantic regions. Canterbury, Gisborne, and Auckland were the top three while the West Coast, Bay of Plenty, and Otago were the bottom three. Photo credit: Picodi.com

It seems rain may deter romance. The South Island's West Coast came in at 16th - last place.

New map reveals the most romantic regions in New Zealand
Photo credit: Picodi.com

The top five most romantic New Zealand regions:

Canterbury

It's the home of the picturesque Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and the iconic French settlement of Akaroa - which are among the best romantic things to do in the region.

Aoraki/Mt Cook.
Aoraki/Mt Cook. Photo credit: Getty

Gisborne

Perhaps one of the more surprising results - although it is the home of the famous New Year's festival Rhythm and Vines. Interestingly, the Tairawhiti region, which encompasses the city of Gisborne, topped the country for reported cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia for the 12 months ended March 2019.

Gisborne.
Gisborne. Photo credit: Getty

Auckland

According to Tripadvisor, the Sky Tower, Auckland Botanic Gardens and Karekare Beach are among the most romantic spots in the City of Sails.

Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand
Photo credit: Getty

Wellington

The capital city was probably not voted in the top five because of the relationship between Simon Bridges and Winston Peters in the city's Parliament House.

It is, however, home to Te Papa museum, and of course, the iconic cable cars.

Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington New Zealand.
Photo credit: File

Waikato

Those awful cowbells at Chiefs Super Rugby games, believe it or not, aren't enough to deter romance.

According to Tripadvisor, the Hamilton Gardens have fabulous river views and are internationally recognised - perfect for a romantic stroll whether you're from New Zealand or abroad.

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