We’re the World’s Best Country (Again)

world's best countryWell it’s official! New Zealand has just been awarded the title of world’s best country for the fourth consecutive year, according to readers of The Telegraph.

The UK paper lists 26 reasons why New Zealand is the world’s best country, with mention of our magnificent landscapes, striking Kauri forests, brilliant beaches, fascinating Maori culture, elegant selection of wines…and our cycling prowess. In fact, we’re considered one of the ultimate places for cycling thanks to our great network of off-road trails.

There are a few reasons they missed, though…

Excellent coffee
Coast into any little town and chances are you’re going to find a decent espresso and some good old fashioned baking. Roadside cafes are a great place to refuel, soak up the local atmosphere and meet the locals. Which brings us to…

Friendly locals
We hear no end of stories from travellers who’ve encountered first-rate hospitality as they’ve made their way around the country – from offers of free night’s accommodation and hot dinners, to gifts of fresh fruit and veggies delivered to their tent or campervan! It’s true – for the most part we’re a pretty nice bunch!

Stunning night skies
If you’re from the northern hemisphere you’re going to see a different night sky to the one you’re used to – and chances are it’s going to be a lot brighter and clearer, too. Little to no light pollution and crystal-clear air means a stunner of a night show just about anywhere in the country.

Inspired to ride New Zealand yet? We’re now taking bookings for summer 16/17 cycle tours. Take a peek at our guided tour page to see where you could be headed. And keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks, because we’ve got some fantastic new tours coming, as well.