Christchurch crowned New Zealand's friendliest city

This story was first published in August 2019.

Christchurch is ranked as New Zealand's friendliest city, and the seventh friendliest city in the world, a new poll has revealed.

The Garden City was the only New Zealand city ranked in the Big 7 Travel poll, which listed the top 50 friendliest cities in the world. Christchurch nabbed the placing based on it being a "testament to NZ".

The poll looked at how easy a city was to navigate, or where people are made to feel most welcome.

Big 7 says Christchurch locals have a "resilient and positive attitude" and "friendly Kiwi charm".

"Their open heartedness towards strangers makes the city such a beautiful place to visit," the travel firm says.

Big 7 says you'll be "instantly welcomed" in Christchurch, and become a lifetime fan of New Zealand.

The survey revealed Vancouver as the friendliest city in the world, followed by Kuala Lumpur, Bruges in Belgium, Taipei, Hamburg and Dublin.

"Asian cities rated highly overall, with several US and Canada cities also making it into the top 10," Big 7 says.

You can find the full top 50 list here.