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Queenstown number one place for Valentines Day survey reveals Queenstown number one place for Valentines Day

Cupid’s arrow points towards a night away in Queenstown reveals survey New Zealand survey confirms the most sought after gifts this Valentine’s Day

Auckland – 13 February 2006, ( New Zealand’s leading accommodation website reveals that out of the customers surveyed, a whopping 81% would prefer to receive a night away to celebrate Valentine’s Day, rather than dine out, receive flowers or munch their way through a box of chocolates.

In its second year, the survey again asked New Zealanders what they would most like to receive for Valentine’s Day and once again a romantic night away was preferred by the large majority.

Topping Cupid’s wish list, coming in nearly 20% higher than the 2005 survey, a romantic night away was followed by some special jewellery at 6% a bouquet of flowers at 4% with a romantic candlelit dinner or picnic and chocolates shared equal fourth place at just two percent. New Zealand Manager, Tania Witheford, says that they found the Valentine’s Day survey very popular again this year with the 20,000 strong database of customers.

“Lets face it, everyone likes a bit of romance in life. It’s interesting to see that the figures this year have seen a massive jump in a night away and a drop off in support for a romantic dinner out or a bouquet of flowers. This seems to show that Kiwis see these items as more common place and part of daily life these days,” said Witheford.

The survey also asked participants to name their favourite destinations to go for a romantic night away in New Zealand.

The top seven destinations were Queenstown at 36% of the vote, followed by Paihia-Bay of Islands, Auckland, Christchurch, Nelson, Marlborough and Akaroa.

“It will be great to monitor the Valentine’s Day survey results each year from now on and see how the trend changes over time,” Witheford said.

One of the survey participants was even lucky enough to win a $200 gift voucher to spend on their Valentine and reward them with New Zealand’s most sought after gift

Other more interesting responses to gifts were an anchor winch, the latest Xbox with games, an engagement ring to be fixed so the Valentine could wear it again, and for some unlucky person the quote, “Anything would be good compared to previous years!”

Searching for that Valentine’s getaway offer?

For those love-struck Valentine’s Day fans, has a seductive array of deals packed with sexy inclusions that are guaranteed to entice you and your partner.

Beautiful Bay of Islands – Clearwater Retreat

- NZ$150 per deluxe ensuite

- Incl. tropical continental breakfast & pre-dinner drinks. Situated on the banks of the Waitangi River!

Subject to availability

Amorous Auckland – Duxton Hotel Auckland

NZ$240 per love me tender package

Incl. deluxe king room, chilled bottle of bubbly, room service breakfast for 2, chocolate scented teddy bear, a box of Love Fortune Cookies, a selection of Love Bites cookies & noon check out!

Valid: 17, 18 & 19 February 2006

Wicked Wellington – James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

- NZ$220 per club king

- Incl. Top floor luxury with access to the Club lounge for coffee, drinks, snacks & a gourmet continental breakfast for 2!

Subject to availability

Curious Christchurch – Outrigger at Clearwater

- NZ$210 per double up package (min 2 night stay)

- Incl. funky 1 bedroom suite, breakfast for 2, serene lake views, championship golf course, walking tracks, tennis, petanque & on-site fly fishing!

Subject to availability

Quivering Queenstown - Oaks Shores

- NZ$146 per hotel room

- Incl. brand new sylish room, located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu!

Subject to availability


Founded in 2000, ( ) is a specialist in online accommodation. Its easy-to-use website and booking engine offers travellers quality accommodation at competitive prices worldwide. This unique win-win service provides customers with access to accommodation at competitive rates for the next 28 days.’s portfolio includes hotels, motels, apartments, resorts, guesthouses and bed & breakfasts in 36 countries.’s New Zealand office is located in Auckland and its properties can be booked online or through its call centre which operates a superior and personable customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 441092. International offices of are based in Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

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