New Zealand has been named the ''favourite country'' in the
world at the Telegraph Travel Awards in the United
Kingdom for the second year running.
The awards attracted a record 75,000 votes from
well-travelled Telegraph newspaper readers in a
tourism market yet to recover from the global financial
In its commentary on New Zealand winning `favourite country',
the Telegraph said: ''Is there any surprise that New
Zealand has topped this category for another year?
"The Land of the Long White Cloud casts its spell over many
people in many places, but seems to exert a special hold over
British travellers with its mix of old-fashioned Englishness,
stunning alpine scenery, vibrant Polynesian culture and
obsession with extreme sport.
''The fact that it also produces some of the world's best
sauvignon blanc and pinot noir adds to its charm, while the
quality (and freshness) of Kiwi cuisine continues to impress.
''Apart from its sheer physical beauty, New Zealand is also a
very compact country, which is fully geared to the needs of
time-poor visitors, whether you're enjoying a family
camper-van trip or staying at a top-notch country lodge.
''The roads are well maintained and largely free of traffic
and there's a modern air-transport system for those who want
to pack even more into their travel itinerary.
''But the country's single biggest tourism asset is surely
its people, who are friendly, relaxed and a little eccentric.
Passionate travellers themselves, New Zealanders are the
world's most natural hosts.
''No wonder so many Brits regard this plucky, outdoorsy and
rugby-loving nation as their second home.''