Waiheke One of World’s Best Islands
Waiheke has placed forth in Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual top ten best islands in the world survey for 2016, ahead of Bali, Hawaii and the Greek islands. It was also named the top island in the South Pacific.
Every year for their World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe – to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Readers ranked islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.
Head of tourism at Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) Jason Hill told Stuff the accolade reinforced Waiheke Island’s status as one of the jewels in Auckland’s crown.
“Waiheke is fast becoming known as a one of the world’s must-visit destinations, offering a great range of attractions that cater to all tastes and all within easy reach of Auckland’s city centre, just 35 minutes by ferry,” Hill said.
Travel + Leisure editor Nathan Lump said: “Readers travel to every corner of the globe and I’m pleased to see they are making it to – and loving what they are finding in – New Zealand’s Waiheke Island.”
Original article by Melanie Lieberman, Travel + Leisure, July 8, 2016.