13 August 20: Waikato attractions considered best of the best in global list

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform, have announced the winners of its 18th annual Travelers’ Choice Awards, with two mighty Waikato attractions have appearing in top spots for New Zealand and the South Pacific.

A day trip tour departing from Auckland that includes a visit to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in King Country and Hobbiton Movie Set in the Matamata-Piako District came in at the top spot for New Zealand, and at number 5 for the South Pacific, while the individual Hobbiton Movie Set tour experience was also awarded number 2 and number 7 respectively.

Shayne Forrest, General Manager Marketing & Commercial for Hobbiton Movie Set said, “We’re incredibly proud to make the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards again for 2020. Visitor-rated awards like this truly are a testament to the passion, hard work and energy that our incredible team put into our visitor experience every day. We look forward to the world opening up again when the time is right, being able to share our slice of Middle-earth with more visitors from around the world.”

Travelers’ choice award winners are calculated based on the quality and quantity of the millions of reviews, opinions and ratings collected on Tripadvisor in 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 8 million businesses listed on Tripadvisor, these awards are a testament to the world-class calibre of the experiences here on our doorstep in the Waikato region.

Top 10 Experiences New Zealand

  1. Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Cave day trip from Auckland
  2. Hobbiton Movie Set walking tour from Shires Rest
  3. Ziplining Forest Adventure - Canopy Tours Rotorua
  4. Cruise Milford NZ small boutique cruise experience
  5. Rotorua Maori hangi dinner and performance - Tamaki Maori Village
  6. Shotover River extreme jet boat ride from Queenstown
  7. Skydive Auckland
  8. Milford Sound experience, full day from Queenstown
  9. Whale watching in Kaikoura by boat
  10. Skippers Canyon Jet Boat tour

Top 10 Experiences South Pacific

  1. All-inclusive Blue Mountains small-group day trip from Sydney
  2. Great Ocean Road small-group ecotour from Melbourne
  3. Sydney Bridge climb
  4. Great Barrier Reef snorkelling and diving cruise from Cairns
  5. Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Cave day trip from Auckland
  6. Yarra Valley wine and winery tour from Melbourne
  7. Hobbiton Movie Set walking tour from Shires Rest
  8. Ziplining Forest Adventure - Canopy Tours Rotorua
  9. Cruise Milford NZ small boutique cruise experience
  10. Authentic Fijian day cruise