Top 10 Destinations for 2012

20 December 2011

Wanting to know the most popular holiday spots for Kiwis in 2012? Flight Centre are counting down the Top Ten Destinations to visit in the new year.   Whether you're looking for a solid staple, or something a bit more out of the ordinary, Flight Centre's Top Ten for 2012 will enlighten and surprise.

Tasmania

10. Tasmania, Australia

According to Tourism Tasmania, around 310,000 Aussies visit Tasmania each year and after the Black Caps ended their 26 year drought in Hobart recently, Kiwis are starting to take notice.

Tassie really does offer a mixed bag of highlights to suit just about any traveller, from its incredible wilderness experiences and coastal landscapes to its gourmet food and wine produce.

Nature lovers can map out the walking trails of many national parks, while the foodies will love cheese tastings at the dairy farm and wine sampling at cellar doors.

9. South America

This is a destination that is bound to excite, thrill, challenge and infuriate. From Brazil to Peru, South America is far flung and exciting.

Peru is situated on the west cost of South America and offers a huge variety of attractions from beautiful beaches to tropical rain forests - and of course the famous mountain-top city Machu Picchu.

With Argentina set to join New Zealand, Australia and South Africa in what has previously been known as the Tri Nations Rugby Tournament, interest is going to grow amongst Kiwis.

8. Zadar, Croatia

If you want to enjoy Croatia's Dalmatian Coast without the tourist hordes, inflated prices and tacky souvenirs, check out the walled port city of Zadar.

Zadar's architectural heritage features an assortment of pre-Romanesque churches, Romanesque cathedrals, Venetian fortifications and Renaissance monuments.

Tuck into tasty Dalmatian cuisine at unpretentious restaurants serving authentic, homely dishes and pull up a seat at one of the many open-air cafes for a dose of people-watching at its best.

7. Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Tourism is definitely growing to Sri Lanka, as more people learn of its unspoilt beaches, tea plantations, bird sanctuaries and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here, you will enjoy excellent weather all year round, great seafood and a relaxed nightlife.

Surfers have been flocking to Arugam Bay for their fix for years, between April and October, but it won’t be long before everyone else catches on.

The laid-back beach strip has built a reputation for having the best surfing waves in Sri Lanka, yet hasn’t been tarnished by over-population.

Here, you will enjoy excellent weather all year round, great seafood and a relaxed nightlife.

New York

6. New York, United States

It seems that Kiwis just can’t get enough of the Big Apple. Recently, there has been an increasingly strong interest from travellers for self-contained apartments when they holiday in NYC.

The trend has prompted suppliers to offer more holiday rentals in the heart of the city, as we move into 2012.

5. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Summer and spring holidays in Italy are as popular as ever, but more people are getting outdoors on walk and sail or bike and barge vacations.

These new boat-based journeys by UTracks are being introduced to coastal regions of Italy including the Amalfi Coast.

A relaxed itinerary allows you to explore more of the charming countryside and iconic landscapes from Pompeii to the rugged island of Capri and the vantage points at Positano or Sorrento.

4. Copenhagen, Denmark

The rise of Princess Mary has people talking about Denmark. It is truly a destination worth considering for a peek at its cutting edge designs, civilised bicycle lanes, green forests, organic coffee and clean beaches.

Copenhagen has been dubbed one of Europe’s coolest green cities and the Danish capital is a world leader in clean technology, produced highly fashionable eco brands and pioneered eco-initiatives such as financial incentives to recycle plastic bottles.

And, the Danes are known as the world’s happiest nation.

3. Nha Trang, Vietnam

Vietnam is being talked about in travel circles at the moment, as the next Thailand or Bali. If you are keen to laze around and sip cocktails on beautiful beaches, but also want to get active, Nha Trang offers plenty to keep tourists occupied.

Nha Trang ranks among the top beaches in Vietnam and has a warm climate all year round. While the city has become more popular over recent years, it still retains its small town atmosphere.

2. London, United Kingdom

Flights to London are filling fast and hotels have already put up full-house signs for the period of 27 July to 9 September  big games sporting event of 2012.

Travellers who usually head to the UK during the summer months may choose to holiday either side of the big games next year to skip the crowds  associated with this type of event.  This will create an increased demand over the mid-year, from May to October.

The tip is to book your flights as soon as possible because prices will rise quickly.

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1. Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii is making a comeback faster than you can pack a floral shirt. Kiwis are taking advantage of cheap flights and even thinking of the US Island state as a stopover destination to connect to mainland destinations such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Honolulu has come a long way from its origins as a small fishing village in the late 1700’s. Today it’s a world-class destination offering fine dining, five-star resorts, shopping, museums and cultural events.

For more information on any of the destinations we've listed in our Top 10 Destinations for 2012, contact your local travel expert at Flight Centre for a quote on 0800 24 35 44, or visit www.flightcentre.co.nz

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