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Strewth! These are the most searched trans-Tasman travel bubble destinations

Newshub logo Newshub 30/04/2021 Dan Lake
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The results of a survey involving nearly 30,000 travellers has revealed which destinations people are most keen to visit as COVID-19 vaccinations begin to be rolled out around the world.

The research from Booking.com shows that despite the opening of the quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia, many New Zealanders will wait to be fully vaccinated before packing their bags and grabbing their passports, particularly those over 55. 

One thousand New Zealanders took part in the survey, with 60 percent of them saying they'll wait until they're vaccinated before holidaying overseas - but almost as many (59 percent) said they were more hopeful about travelling this year thanks to the vaccines.

The data also shows a massive increase in the number of people searching for accommodation in the days following the announcement of the travel bubble.

Top five most searched destinations by Australians wanting to visit Aotearoa:

  • Queenstown - (8x greater than before bubble announcement)

  • Auckland - (Nearly 7x greater than before bubble announcement)
  • Christchurch - (Nearly 7x greater than before bubble announcement)
  • Wellington - (Approximately 5x greater than before bubble announcement)
  • Wanaka - (Nearly 7x greater than before bubble announcement)

Top five most searched destinations by Kiwis wanting to visit Australia:

  • Gold Coast - (Approximately 5x greater than before bubble announcement)

  • Sydney - (More than 3.5x greater than before bubble announcement)
  • Melbourne - (Approximately 4.5x greater than before bubble announcement)
  • Brisbane - (Approximately 3.5x greater than before bubble announcement)
  • Noosa Heads - (Approximately 4.5x greater than before bubble announcement)

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