Top Ranked Awards 2015

Rankers NZ presents awards to this years outstanding experiences, as voted by travellers to New Zealand.

A Top Ranked NZ award is quite different to any other. This time tourism operators have been assessed by the most important critic of all - the Independent Traveller.

Top Ranked NZ awards are presented annually to tourism experiences and operators which have displayed a consistently high ranking score throughout the year.

No-one is more honest than the Customer

The Top Ranked NZ Awards reflect the voice of the people that have recently travelled New Zealand.

  1. Judged by the most important critics - the customer.
  2. From over 7,000 votes.
  3. All tourism operators qualify for entry. Over 4,000 NZ-wide.

Supreme Awards

From all the category winners, a bunch are selected for our 'Supreme Award.' These, from over several categories, will have faced top competition from all other winners. Fair to say, that each 'Supreme Award' is mighty well earned.

  • Award-24px Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park - DOC Visitor Centre

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    Visitor Information Centres Supreme Winner 2015

    A great location, but service always wins the day. The Aoraki DOC team have it going on :)

  • Award-24px Moeraki Lighthouse Walk

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    Free Animal Experience Supreme Winner 2015

    A top location. Penguins, Seals and a Lighthouse. Fill your boots....

  • Award-24px Wharariki Beach Walking Track

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    Free Nature Experience Supreme Winner 2015

    Wharariki wins at the Supreme stage for 6 years straight. Remote, raw goodness.

  • Award-24px Eketahuna Motor Camp

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    Camping Grounds / Holiday Parks Supreme Winner 2015

    Unassuming Ekatahuna takes the grand prize. High time to get off the beaten path and have a nosey.

  • Award-24px Anzed Rentals

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    Transport Supreme Winner 2015

    A small company doing great things by offering the best personal service. Nice job Anzed!

  • Award-24px Haka Tours

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    Activity Supreme Winner 2015

    Oooops, I did it again....More Supreme wins than any other Tourism Operator in NZ. Well done Haka Tours!

Category Awards

Listed below are winners of each nationwide category. Tourism operators are listed within their region but are New Zealand wide winners or finalists.

North Island

South Island

Free Experience Awards

Travellers often tell us that some of their best NZ experiences are free - but free things can be hard to find.

So we followed our noses around the country and collated a load of free things to do on rankers website and apps. We then asked the traveller to tell us which free experiences they thought were best.

Here's the results. Make sure you tick them off your bucket list!

Winners and finalists can display these official badges to promote their achievement:

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Read the award FAQs for further information.

The Nitty Gritty

Here's a run down of how these tourism operators were selected.

  • Results taken from over 7,000 reviews posted between Sept 1, 2014 and August 31st, 2015.
  • All tourism operators apply.
  • Qualifiers for the awards have a trusted body of high quality reviews.
  • No multiple award winners. Tourism operator gains award in category of highest achievement.

Awards are in categories - depending on the number of reviews and qualifiers, as follows:

  1. Categories with the most reviews and number of strong qualifiers: one winner and two finalists.
  2. Categories with a reasonable number of reviews including some strong qualifiers: one winner and one finalist.
  3. Categories with fewer reviews and generally one strong qualifier: one winner and no finalists.
  4. Categories that are yet to have a trusted body of reviews have no winners or finalists.