Aussie travellers 'are still keen on New Zealand'

Aussies are by and large still keen to take trips to New Zealand, although some people have clearly been put off by last year's major earthquake.

New figures released by Roy Morgan Research have shown that 12.9 per cent of Australians still favour holidays in places like Auckland and Wellington over other short-haul destinations.

However, this figure has fallen from 15.1 per cent before the natural disaster in Christchurch in February 2011.

The study also indicated that eight per cent of people want to take a break in Fiji and other South Pacific islands.

Asian countries like Thailand and Singapore have become more popular too – with demand rising to 5.9 per cent and 3.4 per cent respectively.

A tour of New Zealand can be really cost-effective for Aussies. Flights are cheap and people's overseas travel money stretches a long way.

One Aussie dollar will currently get you more than NZD 1.26 in return.

Roy Morgan Research's international director of tourism, travel and leisure Jane Ianniello said New Zealand's popularity is "holding up quite well" in Australia at the moment.

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