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Lonely Planet’s 2014 edition has Adelaide and Auckland in the top ten cities in the world to visit.
Here’s what Lonely Planet had to say about Adelaide- "Having always lived in the shadow of its gregarious eastern-seaboard cousins, the 'City of Churches' has been quietly loosening its pious shackles and embracing its liberal foundations. Adelaide is effortlessly chic – and like a perfectly cellared red, it's ready to be uncorked and sampled."
Lonely Planet's Chris Zeiher says the Adelaide Oval redevelopment sparked the city's nomination. "There's going to be more people probably staying in the CBD to see events," he said. "Then there's this really cool stuff that's going on with the transformation of some of the spaces within the city itself."
Chris also said that the city's food culture played a part in helping Adelaide make the list.
Auckland was chosen for its cuisine, culture and coastal scenery with Lonely Planet saying: "Food, arts and exploring the coastal hinterland are all excellent reasons to extend your stay in New Zealand's biggest and most cosmopolitan city."
Auckland Mayor Len Brown said the accolade from the world's number one independent guidebook was well-deserved. "It shows Auckland is becoming known the world over as a destination in its own right, an exciting international city in a stunning natural setting, and an umissable South Pacific urban experience. The work we are doing to make Auckland a fabulous place to live and visit is paying off and putting Auckland on the map."
The top-10 cities were independently nominated by more than 500 Lonely Planet authors and staff and selected based on topicality, excitement and "special X-factor".
The other world cities to make the list were Paris, Trinidad, Cape Town, Riga, Zürich, Shanghai, Vancouver and Chicago.