New Zealand versus Australia: which is the best holiday destination?

Stephanie Yip 12 May 2016

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New Zealand received a record-breaking 3.3 million international visitors in 2015, a 10.4% increase on the year before. But is it actually better than Australia?

TRENZ, New Zealand's biggest tourism trade event, has announced the country has seen a 10.4% increase in international tourists to New Zealand over 2014-15. This follows last months record-breaking year of international visitors, which surpassed 3 million, and includes Australian tourists taking advantage of cheap flights.

This increase in tourism numbers isn't the only thing that our neighbours over the ditch have to cheer about. While the nation's tourism numbers is still marginal compared to the 7.6 million visitors Australia welcomed over the same period, Kiwi tourism is growing faster.

Where New Zealand's tourism numbers grew by over 10%, Australia only grew by 8.7%.

Which sparks the debate: which country is the better tourist destination? We've pit Australia and New Zealand against one another to see whose weather, food, filming locations and icons are worth travelling for.

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