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The welcome we offer our visitors is what sets New Zealand apart as a visitor destination. Our special type of hosting, our manaakitanga  sees our visitors arrive as strangers but leave as whānau.

Research with international visitors shows that they rate the New Zealand holiday experience highly with 96 per cent saying their trip met or exceeded expectations.

On average, visitors rated their overall experience in New Zealand at 9.0 out of 10 and 81 per cent  were likely to recommend New Zealand as a travel destination. Read the full report here. 

Learn more about the benefits of tourism here. 

See the full infographic about the visitor experience for more information. 

You can read the full results of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's report here.

Check out Tourism New Zealand’s Facebook page for first-hand accounts of what visitors think of New Zealand or listen to what our recent Irish and Lions Tour fans had to say about manaakitanga.

Manaakitangi at its best Some 1500 Kiwi families opened their homes free of charge to Lions fans and supporters.  “I thought if New Zealanders were keen to open up their homes that would be pretty cool and it just grew and blossomed from there.”

Whanganui mayor welcomes freedom campers with open arms.

A Rotorua taxi driver has learned greetings in eight languages so he can welcome visitors to the city.

Canterbury students helping Kaikoura get in shape for the tourist season.

Honesty pays off for boy who found tourist's wallet .

Making freedom camping sustainable

Good old Kiwi hospitality paying off for a young couple with a lodge in Marahau