CNN, which consulted Lonely Planet US editor Robert Reid, guidebook creator Pauline Frommer and travel firm executive Martin Rapp, said the Rugby World Cup was adding excitement to an already popular destination.
“Wellington, which brands itself as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’, will host some of the activities and hopes to attract fans who want to explore other parts of the country,” CNN reported.
It quoted Reid as saying Wellington was “a great kind of springboard” and that he was planning a visit and determined to learn the haka.
CNN said the film industry was thriving in New Zealand, referring to Sir Peter Jackson’s latest work on The Hobbit and his success with The Lord of the Rings.
The network said Rapp also recommended New Zealand for its “most fantastically luxurious lodges”, including The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Hawkes Bay, Huka Lodge near Taupo and Otahuna Lodge in Canterbury.