Two Kiwi Spots on ‘World’s Greatest Places’ List

Two regions at opposite ends of the country have made it onto TIME magazine’s list of the ‘World’s Greatest Places of 2021’.

Christchurch and Northland made the cut after the New York-based magazine and website drew upon its global network of correspondents and contributors to compile the 100-strong list as a tribute to the people and businesses at the forefront of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries so badly affected by COVID-19.

“It shines a light on ingenuity, creativity, revitalisation and re-openings in destinations across the world,” the magazine said.

Christchurch was commended for its ongoing transformation in the wake of the earthquake that reduced much of the city to rubble a decade ago. The magazine said the transformation is best viewed on a walk along the new Otakaro Avon River promenade.

“Highlights include the Riverside Market, an indoor farmers’ market; the Turanga library, which has been rebuilt to withstand seismic activity using sustainable materials; and the $475 million Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, a curved grey brick building with a flowing interior inspired by the Avon River (set to open later in 2021),” TIME contributor Jessica Wynne Lockhart said.

Northland was honoured for its “legendary experiences”.

“New Zealand’s northernmost region is its fastest growing in terms of population. But regardless of whether visitors are there to stay–or to stay for the night–a host of new offerings are sure to delight,” TIME contributor Ali Wunderman said.