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Nelson 'New Zealand's sunniest region'

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8 January 2010

A region of New Zealand's South Island is on track to be named as the country's sunniest location for 2009.

According to fourcorners.co.nz, figures from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research are expected to show that Nelson - which is one of the host areas for the 2011 Rugby World Cup - received the most hours of sunshine in the last 12 months.

It recorded 2,544.8 hours of rays over the course of the year, 18 more than its nearest competitor Taurange, which is on the North Island.

John Mathieson, Nelson weather consultant, was quoted by the news source as saying that the title is a virtual certainty.

"From all the information gathered at this stage, Nelson should win the sunshine stakes for 2009," he remarked.

Tourism New Zealand recently noted that the country picked up numerous awards for its holiday offerings during 2009, with Condé Nast Traveler selecting Queenstown as one of the best cities to visit on the Pacific Rim.

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