The Herald reports:
New Zealand has been named the world’s best country by readers of Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
The winners of the annual Telegraph Travel Awards were voted on by more than 75,000 readers, with New Zealand emerging as the clear winner for the fourth consecutive year.
The Telegraph listed 26 reasons why New Zealand was best in the world, including landscapes that “make you want to applaud”, “magnificent Maori culture” and that “it really does look like Middle Earth”.
Some local doomsayers try to talk NZ down as we are not environmentally perfect (you know unlike every other country on Earth) but the reality is the vast vast majority of people from other countries are amazed by our lakes, rovers, forests and mountains.