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 Rakiura 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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Rakiura Track

Valid Reviews

25 Valid Reviews

The Rakiura Track experience has a total of 25 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 25 valid reviews:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 10
40%
9/10 4
16%
8/10 7
28%
7/10 4
16%
6/10 0
0%
5/10 0
0%
4/10 0
0%
3/10 0
0%
2/10 0
0%
1/10 0
0%

88.00% Average

The raw data average (mean) for all the Rakiura Track valid reviews is 88.00% and is based on 25 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

23 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 25 valid reviews, the experience has 23 face-to-face reviews collected during interviews by our team.

Below is the distribution of ratings for the 23 face-to-face reviews:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 9
39%
9/10 3
13%
8/10 7
30%
7/10 4
17%
6/10 0
0%
5/10 0
0%
4/10 0
0%
3/10 0
0%
2/10 0
0%
1/10 0
0%

87.39% Average

The raw data average (mean) for all the Rakiura Track face-to-face reviews is 87.39% and is based on 23 face-to-face reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here for comparison purposes.

Weighted Average

91.43%

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 Face-to-Face Weight Relative Weight
Guillaume Deleuze 10/10 988 days 6.81 100%
Louisa Theimann 9/10 1010 days true 6.14 89%
Magdalena 8/10 1010 days true 5.84 84%
Julian Gury 8/10 1068 days true 4.86 68%
Mark Ryan 10/10 1274 days true 4.69 66%
Michelle O'Regan 10/10 1274 days true 4.69 66%
Jiri Sojka 7/10 1295 days true 4.24 58%
Jana Formankoua 9/10 1295 days true 4.66 65%
Robin Brandl 10/10 1297 days true 4.65 65%
Jan Penicka 10/10 1326 days true 4.6 64%
Monica Mier 10/10 1342 days true 4.58 64%
Gabriela 10/10 1375 days true 4.52 63%
Regula Hammer 10/10 1653 days true 4.04 55%
Sara Williams 10/10 2086 days true 3.3 43%
Loesje 9/10 2516 days 2.57 31%
Anna 8/10 2728 days true 2.09 23%
Alita Smith 8/10 3099 days true 1.49 14%
Tina Madsen 7/10 3113 days true 1.41 12%
Celia Murphy 8/10 3145 days true 1.42 12%
Angi Otti 10/10 3146 days true 1.49 13%
Madlen & Inna 9/10 3154 days true 1.47 13%
Marcia & Bruce 8/10 3482 days true 0.87 3%
Roos 7/10 3506 days true 0.79 2%
Ruud Kapteyn 8/10 3526 days true 0.8 2%
Lindsay Brown 7/10 3592 days true 0.66 0%

Adjustments

No Adjustment

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

Final Ranking Score

91%

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.