For the Love of Travel
For the Love of Travel

Booking.com Annual Traveller Review Awards

The winners of the 10th annual Traveller Review Awards have been unveiled by Booking.com

Booking.com has announced the recipients of its 10th annual traveller Review Awards, where Canterbury has once again secured a spot in the top 10 most welcoming regions in the world, proving New Zealand’s southern charm still reigns supreme.

Drawing upon more than 232 million verified traveller reviews with over 7,000 awards delivered to deserving New Zealand partners, the Booking.com Traveller Review Awards include awards such as the 2022 Most Welcoming Places on Earth.

2022 Most Welcoming Regions on Earth

1. Gorenjska (Slovenia)

2. Taitung County (Taiwan)

3. Tasmania (Australia)

4. Burgenland (Austria)

5. Seychelles (Africa)

6. Canterbury (New Zealand)

7. Santa Cruz (Argentina)

8. Nova Scotia (Canada)

9. Limón (Costa Rica)

10. La Rioja (Spain)

Todd Lacey, Area Manager of Booking.com New Zealand, said the country’s award achievements highlight the unwavering hospitality of Kiwis, in the face of yet another year in the global pandemic.

Fiordland walks. credit visit fiordland

“Having so many Kiwi properties rewarded for their wonderful hospitality is such a pleasure to see after yet another turbulent year for the travel industry. Much of the country has only recently been able to resume domestic travel again, so it’s a positive sign that these places are still being recognised for their excellent services.”

As well as rewarding thousands of fantastic Kiwi properties, Booking.com has revealed the Most Welcoming Towns in the country based on the share of properties receiving a Traveller Review Award. Southern charm is a theme we have seen across the years in New Zealand with Hokitika, Lake Tekapo and Oamaru taking out the top three spots.

Booking.com’s top ten most welcoming towns in NZ

1. Hokitika

2. Lake Tekapo

3. Oamaru

4. Whanganui

5. Cambridge

6. Picton

7. Invercargill

8. Martinborough

9. Kerikeri

10. Palmerston North

Destinations had to have at least 50 eligible accommodations to be included in this list and were sorted by the highest share of winners per destination. Not only were there awards for the most welcoming towns in NZ, but welcoming regions as a whole are also recognised. It’s no surprise that Canterbury tops the list, followed by Wellington, Northland, Bay of Plenty and Otago.

Nugget Point, South Otago coast. credit tourism nz

From Auckland’s famous SkyTower to the starry skies of Lake Tekapo, this year’s most awarded cities showcase the diversity New Zealand’s cities have to offer. While Tāmaki Makaurau comes out on top, it’s unsurprising to see a few of these iconic Kiwi spots in the top 10.

Booking.com’s top ten most awarded cities in NZ

1. Auckland

2. Christchurch

3. Queenstown

4. Taupo

5. Lake Tekapo

6. Wanaka

7. Nelson

8. Rotorua

9. Dunedin

10. Tauranga

The love of the Kiwi bach stays strong. It’s no surprise that holiday homes came in as number one for the number of award recipients for Kiwi properties for the second year in a row. Proving how much Kiwis love a bach once again, a New Zealand holiday seems to be best spent in a holiday home. Coming in second place for most awarded property type were apartments, which for the fifth year in a row were the most-awarded property type across the globe, with 561,843 partners being recognised for their efforts.

When diving into the individual aspects of their stays that guests valued most at the 7,355 properties receiving a Traveller Review Award 2022, location (9.1), staff (9.1) and cleanliness (9.0) received the highest average marks in New Zealand. www.booking.com