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Canterbury makes Nat Geo’s top 2019 adventure destinations

27 Nov 2018  By Staff Reporter | | @tourismticker

Zipliners at Christchurch Adventure Park. Image: ChristchurchNZ

Canterbury has made National Geographic Travel’s Best Trips list being selected as one of the world’s top destinations to explore in 2019.

The South Island region was listed alongside destinations as diverse as Greenland, Oman and Macedonia in the ‘adventure’ category in the annual Best Trips issue of Nat Geo’s Traveler magazine.

The region is home a number of award-winning tourism and adventure experiences including Whale Watch Kaikoura, swimming with the dolphins in Akaroa, the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, and a number of mountain biking, ziplining, kayaking, canyoning, rafting and jet boating operations.

ChristchurchNZ’s general manager – Destination and Attraction, Loren Heaphy, said: “Making the list of such a highly regarded travel magazine is fantastic news for the city and region.

“Christchurch is a logical place for visitors to base themselves while they explore all the amazing adventure activities on offer around the region and we know many Traveler magazine readers will be inspired to put Canterbury on the top of their travel list after seeing us featured.”

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall added: “Canterbury has a lot to offer visitors, it’s great to see the region being recognised by such a highly regarded publication.

“Tourism New Zealand seeks to spread the benefits of tourism across the country by heavily promoting the regions in our work. International exposure through this accolade will help encourage more visitors to the Canterbury region and the rest of the South Island.”

National Geographic Traveler editor in chief George Stone says the Best Trips issue features 28 destinations and experiences that “can inspire us, change our perspectives and connect us with cultures, places and ideas that matter in the world”.

“The issue is packed with spectacular National Geographic photography and is driven by our mission to explore, conserve, respect and engage with our planet.”

National Geographic’s Best Trips destinations for 2019 are:


  • Greenland
  • Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico
  • Isla de los Estados, Argentina
  • Macedonia
  • Canterbury Region, New Zealand
  • Caño Cristales River, Colombia
  • Oman


  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Salvador, Brazil
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Matera, Italy
  • Perth, Australia
  • Mexico City, Mexico


  • Peruvian Amazon
  • Montenegro
  • Belize
  • Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
  • South Walton County, Florida
  • Fanjingshan, China
  • Tahiti, French Polynesia


  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Hoang Lien Son, Vietnam
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Bauhaus Trail, Germany
  • Oakland, California
  • Vervey, Switzerland
  • Dordogne, France


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