For the second year in a row, New Zealand has clinched top spots at the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards.

Taking the spotlight was Whale Watch Kaikoura, named overall winner. They also won the marine environment category. YHA Wellington City took the gold in the best large hotel/accommodation category.

The awards are nominated by tourists and honor individuals, companies and organizations that make commitments to the local culture and economies, while also contributing to biodiversity conservation. A panel of 13 judges makes the final decisions.