Top Ranked NZ Awards 2016

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 Curio Bay Penguin Watch

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    Free Animal Experience Supreme Winner 2016

    Penguins are magic. Curio Bay is magic. This experience is a winner.

  • Award-24px Smiths Farm Holiday Park - Havelock

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    Campgrounds Supreme Winner 2016

    We love how Smiths Farm chooses a humble cow for their profile picture. Their customer service levels are anything but humble.

  • Award-24px Castlepoint Lighthouse Walk

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    Free Nature Experience Supreme Winner 2016

    Rugged, Isolated, Dramatic. An embodiment of Aotearoa NZ.

  • Award-24px Haka Tours

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    Activity Supreme Winner 2016

    Haka Tours currently have a mortgage on this Award. Congrats to Haka, once again!

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, 2015 and August 31st, 2016.
  • All tourism operators within each eligible category 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.