Queenstown is the only New Zealand centre to make the Top 10 of a ‘World’s Friendliest Cities’ poll.
Readers of Conde Nast Traveler rank the resort fourth out of 20 most friendly cities.
Christchurch is 11th and Auckland is 16th.
Readers of the international travel magazine describe Queenstown as a tranquil, peaceful town with “an excellent outdoor vibe” and “down-to-earth, nice people”.
“The city itself is breathtaking and it has so many areas that are close by for scenery and adventure sports,” one respondent raved.
Readers thought Queenstown could get by on its “picturesque looks alone” but the resort “goes above and beyond with its hospitality”.
Its mountains, lakes and vine-yards are “a feast for the eyes and palate”, another writes.
Over 46,000 readers responded to the magazine’s annual Readers Choice survey, voting for the ‘Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the World’ as well as ranking other travel categories such as airlines and cruise companies.
Brazil’s Florianopolis was ranked first in the ‘Friendly’ list, followed by Hobart, Tasmania and Thimpu, Bhutan. Newark, New Jersey took the unenviable title of ‘Most Unfriendly’ city.
Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd says: “It’s a great acknowledgement that travellers from around the world feel Queenstown delivers a fantastic experience on all fronts.”