New Zealand has been voted as the best country to visit in the Telegraph Travel Awards 2016.
The annual survey, which is described by the publication as “the most comprehensive, wide-ranging and reliable travel survey in Britain”, saw more than 75,000 readers vote for their favourite destination.
New Zealand claimed top spot for the fourth year in a row thanks predominantly to stunning landscapes, such as those in the Fjordland and over Mount Cook and the Franz Josef glacier. The islands are also home to the famous 90-mile beach, the Milford Track which has been described as the finest walk in the world and a globally renowned wine region in Marlborough.
The country also offers up two of the Telegraph readers’ top 50 cities, Auckland (34) with its impressive gastronomic reputation and the country’s cultural heart and capital Wellington (31) which is home to the highly rated Te Papa national museum.
The Maldives came second in the race for top country with voters likely drawn by the luxurious and idyllic nature of the tropical islands. South Africa rounds off the top three with its wild coasts and renowned Kruger National Park, arguably the world’s best game reserve, proving to be big favourites among the Telegraph’s readership.
Italy was the top European country, coming in at 14th while the highest ranking UK city was Edinburgh which finished 30th.
South Africa’s legislative capital, Cape Town, won the most votes for best city thanks to a combination of cultural sites such as the District Six Museum and Robben Island as well natural wonders such as Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens the famous beach at Camps Bay.
Cape Town was followed by Vancouver, home to a renowned indie gastronomic scene in Gastown and excellent skiing. The Renaissance Basilicas and waterways of Venice earned the city a respectable third in the poll
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