FAQs For Travellers

Why did we start Rankers?

Hi there, we're Cymen and Nick and we are the co-owners of Rankers.co.nz.

We started Rankers, cos travellers need to be told the truth.

Before Rankers, we ran a sea kayak company in the Abel Tasman.

It grew from a staff of one, to be the busiest kayak company in the southern hemisphere.

This was because we looked after people.

Because we looked after people, they got honest with us. They told us what was good and bad with their NZ travels.

Many of them were getting a raw deal because they were being fed the wrong info, full of marketing hooplah.

This gave a us a different purpose. In 2007 we moved away from kayaking and embraced Independent Reviews, unique to NZ.

Now travellers tell us that by using Rankers, they've seen a different side of NZ. Something they wouldn't have seen otherwise.

We are happy with that, but we've only just begun.

What is Rankers?

This is a website where you can rank and review your New Zealand tourism experiences. Rankers is independent, unbiased information by the traveller, for the traveller.

What will Rankers offer me?

If you're travelling in New Zealand you'll find independent travel rankings and reviews by fellow adventurers. Armed with this knowledge you'll be able to decide where to go and what to do.

How does Rankers work?

If you've experienced any activity/tour or transport service in New Zealand then you can rank them from a scale of 1 to 10 and give comment (a review). This information will go onto the site to be viewed by all and accessed for free. Any NZ activity, attraction, tour or transport business can be independently ranked and reviewed.

Who are the staff?

The current Rankers crew are Nick, Cymen, Mike, Katie, Ella, Dan and Don.

What does the ranking score percentage mean?

The ranking score percentage is used to sort experiences in ranking tables. It is not necessarily a direct measurement of the quality of a particular experience as rated by its customers.

The ranking score may include adjustments for credibility and relevancy and is a useful tool to allow travellers to find the best experiences with confidence.

It's important to read the customer reviews for an experience before making any final judgements!

How is an experience's ranking score calculated?

Travellers tell us there are several important aspects to trusting online reviews:

  • The source of the reviews is genuine
  • There are enough reviews to show some consensus
  • The reviews are recent

The following points are at the core of the formula that calculates the ranking score:

Customer Ratings

The average (mean) of all the customer reviews is the primary factor for determining the ranking score.

Review Age

Fresh reviews are more relevant and as such carry a greater weight.

Number of Reviews

A reasonable number of rankings is necessary in order for the score to be credible. Experiences with only a few reviews will have a moderated score. This does not mean that the experience or the reviews can't be trusted.

The result is that experiences with a decent number of recent and high-rating reviews will tend to sit higher in the ranking tables.

How can Rankers guarantee the reviews are genuine?

We can guarantee the authenticity of the reviews because we're in the field collecting a good deal of them in person. Our online sign up process requires an email address for verification, and doesn’t allow anyone to place multiple rankings for one operator. We perform regular checks on reviews and may contact users to verify that a review is genuine.

How are rankings being collected?

There are three places rankings come from – through our website, via our Official Camping NZ app, and manual collection from travellers on the road.

Why should I rank?

You’ll be helping out fellow travellers by contributing to a trusted source of NZ travel information. Ranking and reviewing tells it like it is.

Why do I have to give Rankers my email address?

We need your email address during signup so we can send you a verification/activation link.

What is my email address used for?

We only use your email address for verification and in the odd case to request further information to justify your review. This way we have trust in all the information we receive from you folks out there.

We don't currently send email newsletters or similar mailouts to Rankers' users. However we might decide to in the future so if you don't want to receive such mailouts then you can unsubscribe by un-checking "Receive Emails" when editing your user profile.

Will my email address be secure with Rankers?

One of the main jobs of the Rankers crew is to look after information that the Rankers community entrusts us with. Rankings, reviews and personal addresses are respected and kept secure. We do not supply your email address to any third parties.

Will my email address be publicly displayed on Rankers?

Heck no. We'll never show your email address on the website apart from in your password protected profile which only you can access.

How do I make a ranking/review?

Start by joining Rankers and be sure to activate your account by following the activation link we send to your email address.

When you're logged in and your account is activated, you can start writing reviews. Search the experience you want to review, and click the 'Write Review' button on their Rankers page.

You can also browse the website and find the experience listing. Use the menus at top of the page to look for a relevant activity type or region. Once you find the experience you wish to review, click the 'Write Review' button.

Use the review form to rank the experience from 1 to 10 (higher is better) and write a full review to give other travellers an idea of what you liked (or not).

Alternatively, you can place a review via the Official Camping NZ App. Search for the experience you wish to review ('Settings' then 'Search') and click the speech bubble icon to send your review to the Rankers crew. We'll load it up on the site for you.

Who can rank?

Travellers who have experienced the activity/attraction/accommodation or used the transport service in question. Once the service provider has confirmed a booking with the customer then a contract has been formed and the operator can be reviewed.

Can I keep multiple accounts?

No. Having two accounts distorts the value of Rankers and is not allowed. While we cannot directly prevent you from setting up a second account, we will find out and take appropriate action.

What if I can’t find the experience I want to rank?

If any operator you want to rank is not in our system, please let us know. Tell us the full name of the operator, where they are based and your ranking (if applicable).

Can I change my username?

Negative on that. Once you've decided on a username it becomes permanent. Make sure you choose the right one first time!

What makes a great review?

That's a tricky question as there's no single thing that makes a great review. Simple pros and cons are good but to make a review stand out, you'll need to work out what made your experience unique. Remember you're writing for someone else, someone you probably don't know, so try and keep the information useful. Last but not least, foul and abusive language is a no go zone – get creative with your enthusiasm instead of offending your gran with your salty lingo.

Can I review my own business?

No. Rankers provides lots of tools for businesses looking to get greater exposure online, but self ranking isn't one of them.

Can I write something negative if I had a bad experience?

Of course. Learning about things that went wrong is helpful for businesses as it helps them improve their service. This does not mean you can be abusive, however; we’ve got our eagle eye on the rankings and abuse won’t be tolerated.

How can I contact Rankers?

Visit our contact us page and please tell us what you like and what you don't like, or just say hi.

Is it free for travellers?

It sure is! All the information is freely presented for everyone's benefit. Please write your own reviews to add to this resource!