Hanmer Springs is the best ski destination in the world right now, and here is why…
As the winter landscapes welcomes another season of snowfall in New Zealand, the floodgates have opened for thousands of Australian travellers hoping to cram in a week of ski and adventure travel.
This winter, Australians are looking at AUD $289 a night for an average stay of five nights in Queenstown, the most popular Kiwi destination according to Australian search trends from Trivago.com.au.
But, before Aussies take the leap across the Trans-Tasman, they should take a second to consider even better value for their ski trip funds may lie outside of the top tourist hub.
In a yearly analysis of ski destination rankings, Trivago uncovered Hanmer Springs as the ski destination with the best reputation for accommodation in the world this time of year.
This is the second year running that Hanmer Springs has topped the southern hemisphere, outranking all other Kiwi, Australian, Argentinian and Chilean ski resort towns.
Hanmer Springs is the 15th most searched Kiwi destination for Australian travellers, and is 50 percent cheaper than Queenstown, according to Australian travellers average clicked prices.
The less than one percent of Australian travellers that are heading to the town are only staying for around two nights at an average price of AUD $192 a night.
Australia constitutes 98 percent of incoming tourism during the winter months, and over 46 percent of all searches made for New Zealand during the ski season are for Queenstown.
Wanaka also outranked Queenstown, placing third behind Argentinian ski town, Villa la Angostura. Despite being a one hour drive from Queenstown, Wanaka is the sixth most searched destination by Australians who are spending around four nights for 34 percent less than those heading to Queenstown. The average clicked price for Wanaka is AUD $215 a night.
In the global rankings, which considers all destinations regardless of seasonality differences, Hanmer Springs is still rated 20th in the entire world for 2017. The top destinations are predominantly European, topped by Tux-Hintertux, Austria followed by Samnaun Dorf, Switzerland and Beaver Creek, USA.
The rankings include towns that offer ski facilities and host ten or more local hotels. Their ranking is determined according to the average score of all the local hotels’ user ratings online.
Jindabyne was the only Australian ski destination to rank in the top 20 destinations this side of the equator, at 17th.
The top 10 rankings only focuses on cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The cities included in the index have ten hotels or more and collectively at least 4000 online user ratings of local hotels. The maximum rating possible is 100.