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New Zealand are you ready for winter?

Kiwi destinations are trending on Tripadvisor as Aussies search for a winter break

In Australia, vaccines are rolling out and travel bubbles are simmering meanwhile, Aussies are searching for both international and domestic destinations to travel to for their winter holiday.

Aussies are returning to travel both domestically and regionally and in fact, the recent survey from Tripadvisor found that 81 percent of travellers in Australia feel confident that it is safer to travel now, than it was three months ago.

The Tripadvisor search data also shows the most popular travel weeks for Australians this winter are weeks commencing 7 June and 14 June.

Internationally, New Zealand is trending heavily, as seven of the top ten destinations seeing the biggest increase in Tripadvisor clicks from Aussie travellers, are located there. Likely owing to the fact that the Trans-Tasman travel bubble has been established between the two countries, allowing for quarantine-free travel.

The destination currently at the top of the list for Aussies seeking travel to New Zealand is Lake Hayes, an ideal spot for travellers who desire a perfect winter break, other sought after Kiwi locations are Christchurch, Wanaka, Queenstown, Dunedin, and Te Anau.

The most searched for Australian destinations since January for domestic travel this winter are Hahndorf in Adelaide which comes out on top , followed by Palm Beach in Queensland and New South Wales’ Dubbo in second and third place respectively.

Overall Queensland seems to be the biggest hot spot for travellers, taking five of the top ten destinations seeing the biggest increase in Tripadvisor clicks from Aussie travellers looking to book a domestic trip.

Here is a full list of the fastest growing domestic and international destinations based on the biggest increase in searches since January, along with highly rated hotel options with winter availability:

Fastest Growing (Domestic)

Highly rated hotel with winter availability1

Fastest Growing (International)

Highly rated hotel with winter availability1

Hahndorf, Adelaide

Hahndorf House Bed & Breakfast

Bolifushi Island, Maldives

Ozen Reserve Bolifushi

Palm Beach, Queensland

Currumbin Sands on the Beach

Lake Hayes, New Zealand

Stoneridge Estate

Dubbo, New South Wales

Country Leisure Motor Inn

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

Carrara, Queensland

Elite Gold Coast

Christchurch, New Zealand

The George Christchurch

Benowa, Queensland

RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast

Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka Homestead Lodge and Cottages

Townsville, Queensland

Mercure Townsville

Queenstown, New Zealand

Kamana Lakehouse

Hope Island, Queensland

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Dunedin, New Zealand

Amross Motel

Wallerawang, New South Wales

Black Gold Motel

Rome, Italy

Hotel Colosseum

Fremantle, Western Australia

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges

Te Anau, New Zealand

Radfords on the Lake

Biggera Waters, Queensland

Pelican Cove Apartments

Rotorua, New Zealand

Peppers on the Point Rotorua

Highly-rated hotels sourced from Tripadvisor Popularity Index as of 25 May 2021. 

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