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Kiwis are more accommodating of Valentines Day

Kiwis are more accommodating of Valentines Day survey reveals opinions on Valentines Day are worlds apart

AUCKLAND 11 February 2008: Kiwis believe its sincere, Aussies think its saucy, Asians deem it romantic and Europeans think Valentines Day a rip off.

Online accommodation website, Wotif.coms survey of nearly 2000 customers found that opinions on Valentines Day differ from country to country.

New ZealandManager, Tania Witheford said, one thing that almost 100% of respondents agreed on was that its a day designed for the ladies.

So with Kiwis believing its sincere and Valentines deals on selling fast, there should be a lot of happy women around town this Thursday she added.

Respondents also named the most romantic destinations in the world and New Zealand, so if youd like to get away for (or from) Valentines Day heres where to visit (or avoid) this Thursday Saturday night.

Top 10 romantic destinations in the world
1. Venice
2. Paris
3. Rome
4. Vienna
5. New York
6. Florence
7. Las Vegas
8. Prague
9. Melbourne
10. Koh Samui

Top 10 romantic destinations in New Zealand (as voted by Kiwis)
1. Queenstown
2. Christchurch
3. Wellington
4. Auckland
5. Napier
6. Nelson
7. Rotorua
8. Dunedin
9. Taupo
10. Tauranga

Surprisingly, Venice pipped Paris as the Most Romantic City, however with travellers becoming more independent, it makes sense that we are discovering new romantic destinations, said Witheford.

Queenstown was voted as the most romantic domestic destination, which Tania attributes to its versatile offering for travellers: Queenstown is increasingly becoming a year-round destination and offers couples beautiful scenery and luxurious resorts in addition to the bungy jumping and skiing it is renowned for.

Its not too late to snap up a deal for the weekend in one of New Zealands most romantic destinations with the following great deals available on

Queenstown Novotel Gardens
Deal: Spoil yourself deals are down to $240 a night (usually $500 a night save over $50 including accommodation in a newly refurbished room, breakfast, a 3 Course Dinner and a Bottle of wine.

Christchurch Classic Villa (5 star)
Deal: Splurge on a Superior Deluxe Room for $349 a night including breakfast.

Tauranga Kingsview Resort
Deal: 3rd night ½ price deals are $180 a night for two nights and $90 a night for the third including accommodation in an executive studio unit.

Bay of Islands- Villa Italia Luxury Bed & Breakfast
Deal: Milano rooms are down to $215 a night (usually $255 a night save %) including accommodation in a luxury king bed room with private outside access and a bottle of wine for bookings on 14 February.
Conditions:Minimum 2 nights stay

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Notes to the editor
*Wotif.coms Valentines Day survey was conducted online via the website and promoted via the newsletters.

About sells accommodation online in more than 40 countries.

Our great rates, broad accommodation range, easy-to-use site and 24/7 Customer Service Centre have made us the most popular way for business and leisure travellers in Australia and New Zealand to book accommodation online. Every month our site attracts 2.75 million visits with customers making more than 170,000 bookings through our 28-day booking window.

We launched in Brisbane, Australia, in March 2000 and now have offices in Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom to support our growing international presence. is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, trading under the code WTF.


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