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March 23, 2016 OTA News No Comments Email Email

For Aussies looking to make the most of the four-day weekend, New Zealand is becoming an increasingly attractive option. With the Easter holidays in arm’s reach, the world’s travel search engine, Skyscanner releases new data showing Auckland has sneaked into the top five most searched destinations, displacing domestic destinations Perth and the Gold Coast and climbing two places (111% YoY increase).

Kiwis looking for a slice of Easter escape are heading to Australia but this year Sydney has been toppled by rival city Melbourne, which claims the 2016 throne for most searched destination. The Gold Coast remains a stable choice for Kiwis seeking sunshine getaways over the long weekend, remaining in the top five for the second year running.

 Australia’s top travel destinations for Easter 2016

2016 top destinations YoY% 2015 top destinations
Melbourne 123% Melbourne
Bali (Denpasar) 123% Bali (Denpasar)
Sydney 110% Sydney
Brisbane 109% Brisbane
Auckland 111% ▲2 Gold Coast

New Zealand’s top travel destinations for Easter 2016

2016 top destinations YoY% 2015 top destinations
Melbourne 172% ▲1 Sydney
Sydney 147% ▼1 Melbourne
Gold Coast 176% ▲1 Brisbane
Queenstown 171% ▲1 Gold Coast
Auckland 247% ▲2 Queenstown

Emily Callahan, Senior Marketing Manager at Skyscanner for Australia and New Zealand said: “It’s encouraging to see Aussies making the most of the long weekend and venturing further afield to explore neighbouring New Zealand this Easter break. Aussie travellers heading for Kiwi soil can take a road trip and explore Waiheke Island where the International Jazz Festival is on. Families can also head to the ASB Showgrounds for the Auckland Royal Easter Show.

Intrepid travellers looking for last minute inspiration can try the Skyscanner Map view, which allows users to filter by direct or multiple stops as well as price to quickly identify domestic and international destinations within budget.”

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