The secret is out!
Waiheke Island has been named one of the world’s top 10 regions for next year in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel2016 publication.
The travel bible has dubbed the island the “playground of the gods” and ranked it number five in the “Top 10 Regions 2016” list, alongside Transylvania, West Iceland, Valle de Viňales and Friuli’s wine regions in Italy.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown says the recognition comes hot on the heels of Conde Nast Traveler including Waiheke Island on the Best Islands in the World List last week.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says this sort of recognition added weight to the city’s marketing efforts to attract domestic and international visitors.
“The tourism industry is one of New Zealand’s biggest export industries and is worth more than $5 billion a year to Auckland and supports more than 35,000 jobs,” he says.
“ATEED works alongside public and private sector organisations to make Auckland a more compelling and attractive visitor destination.
“More visitors to the region creates more jobs, more money for the economy and helps support the development of better infrastructure to accelerate the transformation of Auckland to the world’s most liveable city.”
The Top 10 Regions 2016 were independently nominated by the authors, staff and travel community of Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel media company.
The chapter on Waiheke Island was written by Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher who has long been a fan of the region as a whole but made special mention of Ecozip Adventures, Mudbrick, Cable Bay, Oyster Inn, Wild On Waiheke and Fullers Vineyard Hopper.
“The secret is out and in 2016, Waiheke Island is welcoming the world to sample from its abundant offering and inviting all visitors to fall under its spell,” writes Mr Zeiher.
“Waiheke is an electric, heady mix set against a Buddha Bar soundtrack: fast yet slow all at the same time – there’s nowhere else on earth quite like it.”