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Taranaki in Lonely Planet's best for 2017

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/10/2016

Taranaki has lived up to its motto, its distinctiveness putting it among travel guide Lonely Planet's top 10 regions in the world to visit in 2017.

The province is ranked second on the list behind Choquequirao, the site of Inca ruins in Peru.

"A new motto - A Little Bit Out There - offsets the region's remote location with a deliciously offbeat new gallery dedicated to effervescent kinetic artist, filmmaker, painter and poet, Len Lye," Lonely Planet said.

"In nearby Egmont National Park, meanwhile, a magnificent hiking trail is emerging from the shadows to challenge the Tongariro Alpine Crossing as the country's finest one-day walk."

The list is part of Lonely Planet's Best for 2017, which the travel guide said was an "annual agenda-setting collection of the world's hottest trends, destinations and experiences".

New Zealand is mentioned in three other lists in the publication.

The country is rated second among family adventure destinations, while Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet at the edge of Mt Aspriring National Park is ranked 10th among best places to stay.

The Alps 2 Ocean Trail from Aoraki Mt Cook to Oamaru is featured among the top-five travel trends for its bikepacking experience.

Lonely Planet's Top 10 Regions 2017:

1. Choquequirao, Peru

2. Taranaki, New Zealand;

3. The Azores, Portugal

4. North Wales

5. South Australia

6. Aysen, Chile

7. The Tuamotus, French Polynesia

8. Coastal Georgia, US

9. Perak, Malaysia

10. The Skellig Ring, Ireland.

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