Lonely Planet Names Wellington One of 2011’s Top 10 Cities

Lonely Planet has chosen Wellington as one of the world’s Top 10 Cities for next year in LONELY PLANET’S BEST IN TRAVEL 2011, published today.

BEST IN TRAVEL 2011 is Lonely Planet’s sixth eagerly-awaited annual collection of the best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the upcoming year.

Ranked fourth on the book’s list of Top 10 Cities 2011, Wellington is “Cool-with-a-capital-C, crammed with more bars, cafes and restaurants per capita than New York,” Lonely Planet says.

“With its quaint wooden houses tumbling down a ring of hills to the city centre, clustered on reclaimed land around the glittering harbour, in ‘100% Pure New Zealand’, the country’s most innovative and inspiring city might just be the ‘Best Little Capital in the World’,” the book says.

Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities 2011 are:

  1. New York City, USA
  2. Tangier, Morocco
  3. Tel Aviv, Israel
  4. Wellington, New Zealand
  5. Valencia, Spain
  6. Iquitos, Peru
  7. Ghent, Belgium
  8. Delhi, India
  9. Newcastle, Australia
  10. Chiang Mai, Thailand

BEST IN TRAVEL’s recommendations are drawn from hundreds of ideas submitted by Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and community of travellers, bloggers and tweeters.  The ideas are then refined by a panel of in-house travel experts, based on scores for topicality, excitement, value for money and that special X-factor.

Other BEST IN TRAVEL 2011 highlights include:

✪ The Top 10 Countries to visit in 2011: Albania, Brazil, Cape Verde, Panama, Bulgaria, Vanuatu, Italy, Tanzania, Syria and Japan.

✪ The Top 10 Regions to visit in 2011: Sinai, Istria, Marquesas Islands, Cappadocia, Westfjords, Shetland Islands, Great Barrier Reef, West Coast USA, Chilean Patagonia and Gili Islands.

✪ The best travel experiences for the year ahead in the book’s 17 “Top Travel Lists”. These include the “Best-Value Destinations for 2011” (Bangladesh scores the top spot), and “The 10 Best Things to Do in 2011” (“Hug a tree in the Amazon” is the year’s number one recommendation).

✪ Over 35 events mapped out month-by-month in the 2011 travel planner, from Mardi Gras in Mindelo to New Year’s Eve on Rio’s Copacabana beach.


·         208pp, full-colour, 180mm x 145mm, paperback

·         RRP: NZD$34


* Embargoed until 00:01 (AEDT), Monday 1 November 2010

* Lonely Planet’s Asia-Pacific Travel Editor Shawn Low is available for interview

* Free extracts & selected images available with permission

* Review copies available