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Wellington tops Kiwi tourist charts

Wellington has come out on top in a New Zealand visitor study, according to the government national statistics provider.

The tourism industry in the capital city, located on the southern tip of the North Island, reported an eight per cent growth during April compared to a four per cent decline seen in the rest of the country.

Recently named the 12th most desirable place to live in the world, Wellington appears to be especially popular with visitors from abroad.

According to the study, it was the only Kiwi region to see an increase in foreign travellers.

The central waterfront, botanic gardens, hillside tramway and Mount Victoria are all popular tourist attractions in Wellington.

Meanwhile, the harbour city is also used as a gateway to the beautiful, more-sparsely populated South Island.

According to Tourism New Zealand, among the attractions here are the impressive Mount Cook, the mountains and lakes of Queenstown, the laid-back culture of Christchurch and the Milford Sound fjord.

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