Ranking Score Explained

Hi there, thanks for your interest in how we calculate an experience's ranking score. It's at the core of Rankers so I'm pleased you're curious.

The ranking score percentage is used to compare and sort experiences in ranking tables. It is not necessarily a direct measurement of the quality of a particular experience as rated by its customers. I've found it a useful tool to allow me to find the best experiences with confidence. But I've also found it important to read the customer reviews before making any final judgements!

We calculate an experience's ranking score using a multi-factor data model instead of a raw data average (mean). This model takes into account several important questions. For instance - is there a trusted body of reviews? What is the age of a review and is the review from a credible source?

Below you'll find details around some of the important factors that went into calculating the ranking score for Devils Punchbowl Walking Track.

If you have any questions or comments about our ranking score calculation please get in touch at info@rankers.co.nz. We don't believe this is perfect or complete so we're always interested in ways we might make improvements.

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Devils Punchbowl Walking Track

Valid Reviews

42 Valid Reviews

The Devils Punchbowl Walking Track experience has a total of 42 valid reviews. There are no invalid reviews that are excluded from the calculation. Reviews can be excluded only when a reviewer is not verified or after an investigation by our team determines the reviewer is not genuine.

Below is the distribution of ratings for the 42 valid reviews:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 10
9/10 17
8/10 9
7/10 2
6/10 1
5/10 2
4/10 1
3/10 0
2/10 0
1/10 0

85.48% Average

The raw data average (mean) for all the Devils Punchbowl Walking Track valid reviews is 85.48% and is based on 42 valid reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here as a comparison to the weighted average.

Face-to-Face Reviews

35 Face-to-Face Reviews

The Rankers team meets with travellers while they’re in New Zealand and conducts face-to-face surveys. These reviews, in our opinion, are the most trusted in the industry and represent a critical control sample. To our knowledge, we are the only travel review website in the world that has gone to this extent.

More about face-to-face reviews

Within the 42 valid reviews, the experience has 35 face-to-face reviews collected during interviews by our team.

Below is the distribution of ratings for the 35 face-to-face reviews:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 7
9/10 15
8/10 8
7/10 2
6/10 0
5/10 2
4/10 1
3/10 0
2/10 0
1/10 0

84.86% Average

The raw data average (mean) for all the Devils Punchbowl Walking Track face-to-face reviews is 84.86% and is based on 35 face-to-face reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here for comparison purposes.

Weighted Average


Rankers calculates a weighted mean as a base average on which we can improve. Individual review's ratings are given a weight based on several factors. The weight of a review determines the overall impact it'll have on the final weighted average.

Recent reviews have more weight as they are more relevant and reflect the experience as it currently operates. Over time reviews become less relevant and loose their impact on the ranking score.

Low rating reviews carry slightly less weight. This dampens the effect of very low ratings for every experience across the board. This is especially important when the experience has few reviews overall and a single negative rating can grossly mischaracterise an experience. Consistent poor reviews will still result in the experience receiving a comparitively low ranking score.

Credible sources provide reviews that can be trusted. If we have verified a reviewer is genuine via a face-to-face meeting then the review carries additional weight.

Reviewer Rating Age Relative Weight
Pete 10/10 868 days 100%
Shan 9/10 1171 days 36%
Jozef Pinkerton 10/10 1222 days 36%
Chris and Paula Lavery 9/10 1413 days 33%
Michael 9/10 1447 days 32%
Sarah 9/10 1447 days 32%
Saskia Irblich 9/10 1491 days 32%
Franziska Lobe 10/10 1491 days 32%
Stuart Gange 10/10 1499 days 32%
Moreno 7/10 1506 days 29%
Karlee Hormell 10/10 1511 days 31%
Viki Kent 8/10 1542 days 29%
Floriane Desnoyer 10/10 1764 days 28%
Helena Bond 8/10 1787 days 26%
Mira Huckfield 8/10 1788 days 26%
Verena Konetzhi 9/10 1788 days 27%
Nadav Knoll 5/10 1803 days 22%
Philip 9/10 1829 days 27%
Stefanie Giese 6/10 1831 days 22%
Judy Rafferty 10/10 1899 days 26%
Barbara 9/10 2221 days 21%
Clare Lambley 4/10 2223 days 16%
Eric Lambley 5/10 2224 days 17%
Marco Newald 8/10 2562 days 15%
Fabian Lee 9/10 2571 days 15%
Elizabeth 9/10 2574 days 15%
Roy Driehuis 8/10 2574 days 15%
Julia Ahrend 8/10 2575 days 15%
hendrik king 9/10 2786 days 12%
Elizabeth Stenhouse 9/10 2847 days 11%
Tim Vennewold 9/10 2865 days 11%
Yves Vennewald 10/10 2865 days 11%
Matthieu Daveou 8/10 2882 days 10%
Julien Panossian 10/10 2882 days 11%
Loesje 8/10 3029 days 8%
Goran Backlund 9/10 3228 days 6%
Val Phillips 9/10 3236 days 6%
Patrick Schaad 8/10 3603 days 0%
Hans de Rijk 9/10 3984 days 7%
Debs NZ 9/10 4125 days 7%
HerbertH 7/10 4303 days 6%
AndreaT 10/10 4304 days 7%


No Adjustment

Several adjustments to the weighted average may be added to improve relevancy and credibility. Devils Punchbowl Walking Track does not meet the criteria for any of these adjustments to apply.

Final Ranking Score


The final ranking score once rounding has been applied. This value is cached and recalculated each day. Therefore it may not be precisely accurate based on the other values presented.

If you have any questions or comments about our ranking score calculation please get in touch at info@rankers.co.nz.