Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa has led New Zealand as the nation’s top ranking hotel in the Conde Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards.

The property scored second place in the competitive category of ‘Top 10 Hotels in Australia and Pacific’ scoring 86.3 per cent, topped only by Australia’s Park Hyatt Sydney.

The hotel’s general manager, Vincent Macquet, said “This is a truly aspirational award, both at property level and from a Sofitel Luxury Hotel’s brand perspective, and we’re delighted to have made this prestigious list of inspiring hotels for the first time in 2013.”

Nearly 80,000 people worldwide took part in this year’s Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice survey, which extended to the world’s best cities, hotels, resort, cruise liners and airlines.