Global travel authority Lonely Planet has today named Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand as the number-three Asian-Pacific destination to visit in the year ahead.
Expanded this year to include Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Best in Asia Pacific is Lonely Planet’s fourth annual agenda-setting list of the region’s 10 best destinations to visit in the next 12 months.
Lonely Planet enthuses, “Endless extraordinary surf beaches, myriad islands and forests of giant trees are the hallmarks of the northernmost part of New Zealand (Aotearoa) – but that’s only part of the story. Northland is the cradle of the country’s culture and history – both for the indigenous Māori people and for the European settlers who followed them.”
Lonely Planet continues: “The two formally came together with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, and 2020 sees the 180th anniversary of that key nation-building event. Expect extra gusto at the annual festivities at Waitangi on February 6 – New Zealand’s national day – including the opening of a brand new museum devoted to the Māori Battalion who fought in the World Wars.”
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Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia Pacific 2019
- Margaret River & Southern WA, Australia
- Shikoku, Japan
- Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand
- The Cook Islands
- Central Vietnam
- Palawan, Philippines
- Beijing, China
To celebrate this year’s Best in Asia Pacific, Lonely Planet is giving visitors to lonelyplanet.com/best-in-asia-pacific the chance to win a tour of their choice to explore the region with G Adventures – the small group adventure travel specialists. There are over 250 tours to choose from across Asia and Pacific, and the winner will receive a $5,000 voucher from G Adventures to spend on their favourite, plus $4,000 towards two return flights. To enter, simply tell us – in 25 words or less – where in Asia Pacific you’d like to go and why.