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South Island chosen as the top destination for families

South Island chosen as the top destination for families

Kids Friendly Travel’s first annual People’s Choice Award shows families believe the South Island to be a top destination to visit with children. The award looked for family-friendly attractions around New Zealand. The South Island comes out on top with six out of the ten top places going to South Island attractions.

“After the earthquake in Christchurch earlier this year, it was really exciting to see the South Island stand out as the top destination for families.” Gaye Miller, founder of said. “This was a 100% public vote and reflects what people thought were the ‘must see or do attractions’ for families in New Zealand. People were asked to vote what attraction was their favourite, and what they would recommend to others as a ‘must do’ activity in New Zealand.

“The top spot went to Coronet Peak Ski Field, with Auckland Zoo in second place and Remarkables Ski Field in third place.” The beautiful Milford Sounds was the only natural attraction to make it in to the top ten.

The Top 10 Family-Friendly Attractions for 2011 are:

1. Coronet Peak Ski Field – ( - Queenstown
2. Auckland Zoo – ( - (Auckland)
3. Remarkables Ski Field – ( - (Queenstown)
4. Butterfly Creek – ( - (Auckland)
5. Mt Hutt Ski Field – ( - (Mt Hutt)
6. Puzzling World – ( - (Wanaka)
7. Hanmer Springs Hot Pools – ( - (Hanmer Springs)
8. Staglands Wildlife Reserve – ( - (Upper Hutt/Wellington)
9. Milford Sounds
10. Skyline Luge- ( - (Rotorua)

It was great to see some natural and free attractions make it onto the top 25 list ( These included: Rotorua’s Redwoods, Auckland’s Western Springs Park and Goat Island Marine Reserves in Leigh.

“This was great to see, as many families find the current times really tough at the moment and it’s good to see people value these natural attractions as something special.” Remarked Gaye. is a one-stop-shop for families travelling around New Zealand, providing information on family-friendly accommodation and activities around the country. Over the last 12 months Kids Friendly Travel has been working on establishing itself in the New Zealand market place as the leading online family travel provider. Recognised as an innovative leader in our industry: Kids Friendly Travel was one of only four finalists in the innovator category of the New Zealand 2010 Internet Industry Awards. Judges included Rod Drury (CEO Xero) , Ray Avery (2010 New Zealander of the Year) and Phil McCaw (First investor in Trade Me)


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