Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton has to be very happy!
Lonely Planet issues a Best in Travel book each year with Trends, Destinations, Journeys and Experiences tipped as being the best for the twelve months ahead.
Dunedin came out on top of other New Zealand destinations for 2010…
Top 10 super cycling routes – Otago Peninsula is considered NUMBER 1 in the world! One of the best rides for its mixture of “scenery and sweat”. (page 156)
Top 10 places to walk your dog – Dunedin makes the cut for its “network of dog-friendly trails” around the city, behind Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo. References DCC website. (pages 186-187)
Top 10 for twitchers (bird watching) – Otago Peninsula singled out as one of New Zealand’s hot attractions because of the region’s birdlife, behind Papua New Guinea, Kruger National Park and Rift Valley Kenya. (pages 193-194)
### TVNZ News 6:21PM Tues 3 Nov 2009
Otago cycle route amongst best in world
Source: ONE News
Otago’s peninsula has been named one of the best bird watching, dog walking and cycling routes in the world.
### NZ Herald 02 Nov 2009
New Zealand in Lonely Planet Top 10
New Zealand has made the cut to be named in Lonely Planet’s prestigious Best in Travel publication for 2010. New Zealand was picked by Lonely Planet authors, staff and travellers as one of the Top 10 Countries to visit in 2010. Also featured on the list are El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Portugal, Suriname and the USA.
Lonely Planet pokes fun at itself for recommending New Zealand as “too obvious, right?”
“But there’s wisdom in the old saying, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, and last time we checked the land of Māori and hobbits it certainly didn’t need repairing,” the guide says. NZPA
Writer of the New Zealand section, Nigel Wallis moved to soothe the concerns of long-distance travellers worried about their carbon footprint. He said New Zealand was spearheading the eco-travel revolution and winning international accolades for its ethos towards responsible travel. This included minimising visitor impact and involving locals in sustainable tourism practices. “When you’re gawping at the spine-tingling vistas, it’s good to know they’ll still be there for future generations.”
–Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel (2010)
Oh yeah, Queenstown gets special mention…
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr