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Auckland named best city to visit in 2022 by Lonely Planet

Here’s some news that might come as a surprise to Aucklanders in lockdown - Tāmaki Makaurau has been named the number one city to visit next year in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022.

Auckland named best city to visit in 2022 by Lonely Planet

The city has been recognised for its blossoming cultural scene which highlights local creativity and its diverse landscape.

“This is an amazing recognition of Auckland and its surrounding attractions,” says Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher.

“Within the city’s boundaries there are 53 volcanoes, more than 50 islands, three wine regions and numerous beaches that make this a truly exciting and vibrant city.

“There is so much to discover or rediscover in Auckland and this recognition, especially now as people start contemplating travel again, places Auckland as the number one city on the map.”

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the accolade will “give a real boost to Auckland’s tourism and hospitality sectors as they start to recover from the COVID-19 lockdowns and borders reopen”.

“It is also a reminder to Aucklanders and New Zealanders of the treasure trove of places and experiences we have on our doorstep,” he says.

“Seeing Auckland through the eyes of an international traveller is one way to understand how breath-taking, exciting, creative and full of energy our region is.

“Knowing it is top of the list for travellers around the world, Aucklanders and New Zealanders have the first chance to explore and rediscover everything Tāmaki Makaurau has to offer.”

Meanwhile, the Cook Islands – one of the world’s smallest countries – claims Lonely Planet’s coveted spot as the number-one country to seek out in 2022.

Best in Travel 2022 is Lonely Planet’s 17th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinations and the must-have travel experiences for the year ahead.

This edition places particular emphasis on the best sustainable travel experiences — ensuring travellers will have a positive impact wherever they choose to go.

LONELY PLANET’S BEST IN TRAVEL 2022 – DESTINATION TOP 10s:

Top 10 Countries

1. Cook Islands

2. Norway

3. Mauritius

4. Belize

5. Slovenia

6. Anguilla

7. Oman

8. Nepal

9. Malawi

10. Egypt

Top 10 Regions

1. Westfjords, Iceland

2. West Virginia, USA

3. Xishuangbanna, China

4. Kent’s Heritage Coast, UK

5. Puerto Rico

6. Shikoku, Japan

7. Atacama Desert, Chile

8. The Scenic Rim, Australia

9. Vancouver Island, Canada

10. Burgundy, France

Top 10 Cities

1. Auckland, New Zealand

2. Taipei, Taiwan

3. Freiburg, Germany

4. Atlanta, USA

5. Lagos, Nigeria

6. Nicosia/Lefkosia,Cyprus

7. Dublin, Ireland

8. Merida, Mexico

9. Florence, Italy

10. Gyeongju, South Korea

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