NZ's top destinations get a shake up

Auckland's Okahu Bay. Photo / Janna Dixon
Auckland's Okahu Bay. Photo / Janna Dixon

Auckland has topped the 2010 list of New Zealand's top travel destinations followed by the capital city - which knocked quake-ravaged Christchurch out of second place.

That's according to accommodation website wotif.com, which released its top 20 list today, based on domestic bookings online.

Last year, Auckland also claimed the top spot, followed by Christchurch and Wellington.

Wotif spokeswoman Megan Magill said there was a lot of "jostling" this year.

"We've compiled the list based on bookings made by both leisure and business travellers in New Zealand throughout 2010 and have noticed a few changes compared to last year," she said.

Franz Josef glacier was a new addition to this year's list at number 20, while Paihia, Wanaka and Invercargill all moved up the list.

The North and South Islands were equally represented in the top 20, with 10 destinations from each region.

New Zealand's top 10 destinations in 2010:

1. Auckland

2. Wellington

3. Christchurch

4. Queenstown

5. Rotorua

6. Dunedin

7. Taupo

8. Hamilton

9. Napier

10. Palmerston North

11. Nelson

12. Paihia

13. Tauranga

14. Wanaka

15. Te Anau

16. New Plymouth

17. Hanmer Springs

18. Invercargill

19. Blenheim

20. Franz Josef

- NZPA

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