A rural bed and breakfast near Queenstown has been named the best accommodation of its type in the South Pacific by readers of the Tripadvisor website.
Crown View Bed & Breakfast is situated halfway between Queenstown and Arrowtown and bills itself as a farmstay "home away from home".
Owners Reg and Caroll Fraser say they are delighted at the recognition and feel very fortunate.
The couple have been running the B&B for about five years and say they enjoy sharing their home with visitors from all over the world.
"We just enjoy making people happy," said Caroll. "Our motto is 'come as a guest, leave as a friend'."
Tripadvisor's annual Travelers' Choice awards are based on the reviews and opinions of real travellers, millions of whom leave their opinions on the site each year.
Crown View was named the best B&B or Inn in the South Pacific region, a category dominated by New Zealand accommodation providers.
One person who stayed at Crown View described it on tripadvisor.com as "spectacular" with "spotless and tastefully decorated" bedrooms.
Another said it was "the best and friendliest home in Queenstown".
"We were warmly welcomed, the rooms were extremely spacious and comfortable, the food delicious, and nothing was too much trouble for our hosts."
Eight of the top ten B&Bs or Inns in the South Pacific were in New Zealand, with Akaroa's Oinako Lodge and Blenheim's Radfield House taking the second and third spots respectively.
New Zealand accommodation providers were also named among the South Pacific's best in the Bargain, Best Service, Luxury and Relaxation and Spa categories.
The Queenstown Park Hotel garnered two mentions in the awards. It was named sixth in the Best Service category and third in the Luxury category.
Nelson's Palazzo Motor Lodge was also mentioned twice, taking second place in the Bargain category and third in the Best Service category.
NZ accommodation providers named in Tripadvisor's 2010 Travelers' Choice Awards
Top 10 B&Bs and Inns in the South Pacific
1. Crown Hill Bed & Breakfast, Queenstown
2. Oinako Lodge, Akaroa
3. Radfield House, Blenheim
4. Omahu Lodge, Auckland
5. Pencarrow Bed and Breakfast, Queenstown
6. Peace and Plenty Inn, Auckland
9. 23 Hepburn, Auckland
10. Whangarei Views Bed & Breakfast
Top 10 Bargain hotels in the South Pacific
Top 10 Hotels for Service in the South Pacific
Top 10 Luxury Hotels in the South Pacific
Top 10 Relaxation/Spa Hotels in the South Pacific
8. Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Rotorua