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Capital rises in favourite place to visit stakes

Wellington knocked quake-ravaged Christchurch out of second place in New Zealand's top travel destinations for the past year, with Auckland topping the poll.

That's according to accommodation website wotif.com, which released its top 20 list today, based on domestic bookings online.

Last year, Auckland also claimed the top spot, followed by Christchurch and Wellington.

Wotif spokeswoman Megan Magill said there was a lot of "jostling" this year.

"We've compiled the list based on bookings made by both leisure and business travellers in New Zealand throughout 2010 and have noticed a few changes compared to last year," she said.

Franz Josef Glacier was a new addition to this year's list at number 20, while Paihia, Wanaka and Invercargill all moved up the list.

The North and South Islands were equally represented in the top 20, with 10 destinations from each region.

New Zealand's top 10 destinations in 2010 were as follows: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Rotorua, Dunedin, Taupo, Hamilton, Napier, Palmerston North, Nelson, Paihia, Tauranga, Wanaka, Te Anau, New Plymouth, Hanmer Springs, Invercargill, Blenheim and Franz Josef Glacier.

I bet a Aucklander compiled this poll LOL.

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1. Re: Capital rises in favourite place to visit stakes

Interesting list. I am always amazed to see tiny Wanaka mentioned on national lists.

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WL I guess it is because over recent years it has become very much a stand alone alternate to Queenstown and is used in addition to Queenstown as a base to explore the south. The fact that it also on aLake and is therefore a very popular summer holiday spot doesnt do it any harm nor does the local pinot.

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We should probably note for the overseas readers of this forum that Christchurch's tourist facilities bounced back from the Sep 2010 earthquake within days, and it's fine to visit now - but you should visit Wellington too!

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