Rankers TravellerVoted Awards 2012

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 Rankers TravellerVoted 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 9,000 votes.
  3. All tourism operators qualify for entry. Over 4000 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 New Zealand Frontiers

    Transport Provider Supreme Winner 2012

    Kenrick from NZ Frontiers Motorhomes is a one man band with a huge attention to detail. From picking up customers in his tailored uniform, to meticulous maintenance of his vehicles. Kenrick doesn't miss a trick.

  • Award-24px Okarito Kiwi Tours

    Visitor Attraction Supreme Winner 2012

    Ian lives and breathes Kiwi. He's spent over 5 years looking after his little Okarito kiwi patch now. The opportunity to share his conservation dreams and view kiwi in their natural habitat, has won the hearts of the traveller.

  • Award-24px Jacksons Retreat Campervan Holiday Park

    Holiday Park Supreme Winner 2012

    Staying at Jacksons Retreat Holiday Park requires a slight detour off the main travel route, but you get to stay amoungst weka and waterfalls. It's a fine case of build it and they will come!

  • Award-24px Haka Tours

    Visitor Activity Supreme Winner 2012

    Haka Tours specialise in small group tours that make a big impression. They have grown quickly through testing economic times, a true testament to their top notch level of service.

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 where selected.

  • Results taken from over 9,000 reviews posted between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
  • Those with a history of good reviews before July 1, 2011 have the best foundation.
  • 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.

Media Releases

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