Canterbury has been named the fifth most welcoming region in the world in the Booking.com Traveller Review Awards, while Oamaru, Hokitika and Invercargill have been named the most welcoming towns in NZ. They were followed by Cambridge, Picton, Lake Tekapo, Kerikeri, Palmerston North, Paihia and Twizel.
We'd be really keen to hear your thoughts on this based on your own travels around New Zealand. Do you think Canterbury is NZ's most welcoming region? And are these our most welcoming towns?
Where in NZ have you been made to feel particularly welcome on your travels?
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Maralize Smith came to New Zealand from Johannesburg to create a new life for her family, unaware that a global pandemic would stop her husband and children being allowed to follow. Nearly a year on, Maralize is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Posting on behalf of the organisers:
The SARUAU FESTIVAL is on THIS SUNDAY 31-Jan 3-9pm at the Moutere Hills Community Centre
(Please see first comment for volunteering info)
Along with many regular stall holders and new attractions there’s the massive 2nd hand book sale, epic kids' zone, awesome live music and great local produce
* Entry $6 adults, children free (separate charge for kids' zone)
* FREE parking on-site - please do not park along the main road
* On site liquor licence with many stalls to purchase a drink from (Do not bring alcohol on site)
* This is held at a council reserve where dogs are not allowed, so please don’t bring your dogs
Check out Facebook and the web site for more info
The festival is the major fundraiser for the Sarau Community Trust and all the money raised goes to our Upper Moutere community 😊