New Zealand Tops Telegraph Travel Awards 2013

New Zealand mountain scenery

New Zealand has come out on top in the UK’s Telegraph Travel Awards 2013: Favourite countries / Best countries

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 campervan 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.

Wanaka in the heart of the Southern Alps in the South Island, is a beautiful lakeside retreat. This place is the perfect antidote to fast paced living and offers the ideal spot to recharge your batteries before returning home. Visitors to this area should consider a stay of 2 or more nights to give you time to explore the many delights on offer. Check availability at Maple Lodge to book your next stay.

Read about the runners-up: Maldives, Burma and other winners in the full article:

Telegraph Travel Awards 2013: Favourite countries – Telegraph.

 27 Nov 2013