New Zealand tourist spots rank amongst world's best

  • 18/08/2015
Fiordland National Park took out New Zealand's top spot
Fiordland National Park took out New Zealand's top spot

International travellers have declared their love for New Zealand, with nine travel hot spots making Lonely Planet's ultimate travel list.

Fiordland National Park took out New Zealand's top spot, placing 17th on the list compiled by Lonely Planet, and voted upon by the travelling community.

Coming second to the Grand Canyon in the list of national parks, voters commented on Fiordland's sublime wilderness, much of which remains untouched.

"Visiting Fiordland is like travelling back to a time before humans," a Lonely Planet spokesperson said today.

In addition to the southern-most national park, Abel Tasman also ranked highly at 35, while the Franz Josef & Fox Glacier (81), Lake Wanaka (94), Stewart Island (125), Bay of Islands (130), Whakarewarewa (276), Waitomo Caves (280) and Te Papa Tongarewa (285) also made the cut.

Despite New Zealand's natural beauty, the United States and France had the most spots on the ultimate travel list, while the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia scored the top billing.


1. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

3. Machu Picchu, Peru

4. Great Wall of China

5. Taj Mahal, India

6. Grand Canyon National Park, USA

7. Colosseum, Italy

8. Iguazu Falls, Brazil - Argentina

9. Alhambra, Spain

10. Aya Sofya, Turkey

Source: Lonely Planet