PHOTO: SUPPLIED Queenstown: Beautiful, but not as much so as Paris, New York and London, according to the list.

OPINION: Queenstown’s a stunner but if you’re looking for an urban centre that’s truly world-class in the beauty stakes you can’t go past Paris, New York and London – in that order.

At least that seems to be the consensus of the more than 1000 travel writers, bloggers and agencies around the globe who helped compile travel site Flight Network’s World’s 50 Most Beautiful Cities list.

Queenstown’s town status didn’t prevent it from being the only New Zealand destination to feature, with the tourism hot spot scoring points for its “insane scenery” but losing out to cities in Europe, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Australia.