Don’t despair NZ, if you want a holiday apparently Sydney is the second best place in the world to go.
Consumer advice and analysis publisher the US News & World Report has put Australia’s largest city at No. 2 in its annual rankings. Rome took out the top spot with Portugal’s second-largest city Porto third.
NZ was essentially snubbed – nowhere in the country rated a mention in the top 30.
But Sydney shone. It scored high for its laid-back beachside lifestyle as well as being a “thriving metropolis” that “boasts some of the best surf, landmarks and activities”, as well as possessing a relaxed attitude, with top-notch restaurants and bars.
“Magical”‘ Rome was the outright winner for its combination of history, mystery and cuisine.
The coastal city of Porto earned third position for its “rich history, charming architecture, abundant beaches and its claim to fame: port wine”.
The report also noted that its price was right; being much cheaper than some of the more obvious destinations on the continent.
Several US natural attractions rated highly, such as the Grand Canyon (14) and Yosemite (22).
Our neighbours even got a second mention with the Great Barrier Reef named as the 26th best place to visit, for its incredible scenery, diving and snorkelling, despite the recent coral bleaching.
They also named “lush paradise” Bali 15th for its serene temples and beaches (maybe they discounted Kuta). Thailand’s popular southern island Phuket also ranked highly, at number 19, offering “something for everyone” with its stunning scenery and beaches.
The US News & World Report base their findings on analysis of 300 destinations using a methodology that combined expert and user opinion.
Each destination was given a score over 10 categories, which included sights, culture and food.
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