New Zealand in top 10 travel destinations

New Zealand is one of the world’s top 10 countries to visit in 2010, according to the authoritative Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide.

The annual publication highlights some of the best travel experiences from around the world, as selected by Lonely Planet’s staff and authors.

Paragliding over Queenstown, exploring Tongariro National Park, kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park and taking a flight over Fiordland are described as "life-changing experiences" by the guide.

The South Island's Otago Peninsula is named one of the world’s 10 best cycling routes for its mixture of "scenery and sweat" while Dunedin's "network of dog-friendly trails" helped it secure a place on the list of top 10 places to walk your dog.

The other countries on the top 10 list are:

El Salvador
Germany
Greece
Malaysia
Morocco
Nepal
Portugal
Suriname
United States