New Zealand Cruises
Discover the breathtaking beauty and diversity of New Zealand, just a hop, skip and a jump away from home.
New Zealand is an unspoiled, green and peaceful paradise that presents rolling hills, magnificent mountains, lakes, fjords and forests. It's an idyllic land for avid outdoor explorers or cultural enthusiasts. The hiking opportunities are endless and like no other. There are many opportunities to walk along the brimming beaches, paddle a canoe or mountain bike to your heart's content through the wilderness. The landscapes and cultures of both the North and South Island are as diverse and endearing as the people!
The mouth-watering cuisine in New Zealand is inspired largely by the South Pacific with the abundant use of seafood and influences from neighboring Pacific islands. Much of the New Zealand which exists today owes its origins to the Māori people, who were the area's original settlers, with many of their customs and traditions still evident in modern-day New Zealand. For example, the All Black's world-renowned Haka originated as a Māori war dance. For lovers of the outdoors, culture, wildlife and more, cruises to New Zealand are guaranteed to impress.
At the start of the cruise you'll have two full days at sea to get yourself acquainted with your temporary new home. Your first sight of New Zealand will be the amazing Fjords including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound.
- Sydney - Sydney
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Although maybe not quite as good as Australian ones, the Gisborne area is well known for fine wines. The wineries are are well worth a tour while you are there.
- Papeete, Tahiti - Auckland
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Make sure you take the time to swim with dolphins in Kaikoura!
- Auckland - Auckland
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Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is situated on the North Island of the country. The skyline is iconic due to the highest tower in the southern hemisphere, the Sky Tower, rising proudly from the City of Sails about 328 m high. The city offers plenty of ways for adventure seekers to get their fix with activities like kayaking, sailing and bungee jumping available. The beautiful surrounding areas and islands are the perfect example of stunning New Zealand and the amazing natural landscape of the country.Highlights of Auckland
- Explore the stunning Hauraki Gulf Islands
- Discover Auckland's fascinating Maori and maritime history at a variety of museums
- Take a tour of one of Auckland's four growing wine regions
Wellington, nicknamed "Windy Wellington", is the capital city of New Zealand. Boasting a compact and charming downtown which is diverse in it's architectural styles and also ideal to explore on foot. From Mount Victoria, rising above the city, catch glimpses of ships sail through the harbour and see the city light up as the sun goes down. The city is well known for having a "cafe culture", being home to countless intimate restaurants and coffeehouses.Highlights of Wellington
- Take a ride on the iconic Wellington cable car for a picturesque view of the city
- Discover the wildlife of Wellington in the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary
- Take a tour of the Weta Cave museum and discover the magic of films like Lord of the Rings & more
Tauranga is located on the North Island of New Zealand and boasts several popular beaches, beautiful, lush parklands and mountains, lakes and cascading waterfalls. As it is located on a faultine, the area is home to numerous dormant volcanoes, including "White Island". For those interested in watersports, the city is conveniently located around a large harbour with opportunities galore to pursue your passion. The Strand waterfront area is a modern hive of activity, with an array of restaurants, clubs and bars.Highlights of Tauranga
- Take a guided nature tour in the Bay of Plenty
- Experience Tauranga's growing art scene at the Cargo Shed creative arts market
- Take a family day out in one of Tauranga's amusement parks, or enjoy dolphin-watching out on the harbour
The Bay of Islands is located in northern New Zealand and is one of the most celebrated holiday destinations in the country. Consisting of 144 islands, this is a landscape of lush green meadows, azure bays and, of course, marked sheep. The Bay of Islands is a maritime playground with the option of snorkelling, kayaking and swimming, all amongst an abundance of wildlife such as penguins, dolphins, whales and more. The stunning 'Hole in the Rock' formation is a must-see when in the Bay of Islands and is sure to impress.Highlights of Bay of Islands
- Discover fascinating wildlife, pupose-sunk shipwrecks and more while diving
- Take a cruise to meet the local dolphins and also discover the beautiful islands
- Visit the historic Waitanga Treaty Grounds
Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest city and has played an important role in New Zealand's rich history. The city features a particular combination of culture, wildlife and architecture. Dunedin Street Art Trail is a unique initiative whereby, an increasing number of blank walls are becoming the canvases of international street artists. The trail currently takes 90 minutes to complete. Dunedin is also home to the world's steepest street, Baldwin Street which is also the location of the world-famous Jaffa-Race, which involves 25,000 sweet treats being rolled down the street simultaneously.Highlights of Dunedin
- Cycle up the Otago Peninsula and experience panoramic views across the city
- Challenge yourself to walk along the world's steepest street
- Learn how wine is made at central Otago vineyards
A stunning blend of vertical cliff faces and magnificent waterfalls, Milford Sound is one of the most breathtaking locations in New Zealand. One of the best ways to experience it is on a boat cruise, sailing in the dark waters below. Scenic flights are also available so you can witness the beauty from above and also get a sense of the sheer scale of the landscape's stunning features. For those who enjoy hiking or trekking, the Milford Track is the ideal way to experience Milford Sound, winding your way up through some of the world's most astonishing wilderness.Highlights of Milford Sound
- Drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound along one of the highest and most scenic higways in New Zealand
- Discover fur seals, dolphins and more on a boat trip
- See the mountaintop glaciers from a small plane or helicopter
Napier, on New Zealand's North Island is the primary export seaport for North-Eastern New Zealand. It is known for being an Art Deco city, as much of the city was rebuilt in this style after an earthquake in 1931. The best way to explore downtown Napier is by partaking in a guided walk of the center which takes place daily. Napier makes use of the region's fertile alluvial soils by being home to many vineyards, producing a fantastic array of fine wines. The National Aquarium of New Zealand can be found in Napier and showcases how extraordinarily diverse the sealife of the South Pacific can be.Highlights of Napier
- Walk around the city and admire the preserved Art Deco buildings
- Take a tour of the many boutique wineries in the area while sampling delicious wines
- Meander through the Napier farmers' market to discover some artisan foods
The Fiordland National Park is located in Southern New Zealand and covers an area of over 12,500 square kilometers making it the largest national park in New Zealand. It is surrounded by the fjords of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound as well as extensive lakes. The Fiordland National Park is one of the few parks which belong to the "Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area" which was established in 1952. Depsite it being difficult to access, the park remains a grand attraction of New Zealand and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990.Highlights of Fiordland National Park
- Embark on one of the "Great Walks" or shorter hikes on diverse terrain around the park
- Enjoy a day cruise or a scenic flight over Fiordland National Park
- See glow worms in the Te Anau Caves
Picton is a large port town in the Marlborough region which is situated in the North East of the South Island of New Zealand. Tourism in Picton and the surrounding area is very much focused on wildlife and the local landscape. Picton is an ideal base for exploring the inlets and islands of the stunning Marlborough Sounds. There are numerous day cruises to areas such as Lochmara, where guests can expect to find bushwalks, encounter New Zealand's unique wildlife as well as experience traditional Kiwi culture. Tourists are advised to visit the Whaling Museum and the restored ship, 'Edwin Fox' which is showcased in the port area.Highlights of Picton
- Witness life underwater at the Lochmara Underwater Observatory
- Experience the magic of the Marlborough Sound
- Traverse the Queen Charlotte Track by foot or bicycle
Doubtful Sound is the second most popular tourist destination in New Zealand, after its sister, Milford Sound. The serene Doubtful Sound is the deepest fjord in Fiordland National Park at 421 metres deep and features numerous magical waterfalls, unusual flora and fauna and is famous for its eery silence. Manapouri is the base for excursions to Doubtful Sound. There are a number of ways for visitors to explore the beauty of the fiord, such as by taking a day or overnight cruise, scenic flight or by simply exploring it by kayak. Doubtful Sound provides the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of New Zealand and the fiords.Highlights of Doubtful Sound
- Look out for New Zealand Fur Seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins
- Experience the tranquility of the fjord by kayak
- Take in the sheer wildness of the fjord - No one lives here, it's just you and nature!
Port Chalmers is an historical seaside town, located North of Otago Harbour. Founded in 1844, many of the original brick houses still stand today adding to the historic feel of the town. Some of the very first explorations of the Arctic by adventurers such as Captain Scott began in Port Chalmers. Visitors to the town can learn about the historical and modern day importance of the port by visiting the Regional Maritime Museum. Port Chalmers is also a well-known hub for art and culture, with many antique shops and art galleries located in the area. A visit to Port Chalmers promises to be culturally unique.Highlights of Port Chalmers
- Visit the Port Chalmers Regional Maritime Museum
- Explore the port
- Stop by Iona Church, just a short walk from the port
Akaroa is a former French and British settlement located just south-east of Christchurch. The harbour of Akaroa was formed by two extinct volcanic craters eroding and merging over time. A highlight for many is the opportunity to kayak in the crater of a volcano! Walking trails as well as cycling tours are also popular and representative of the outdoor lifestyle enjoyed by locals.Highlights of Akaroa
- Visit the only French settlement in New Zealand
- Take in the beautiful volcanic views around the harbour
- Experience the great outdoors by kayaking in the crater of an ancient volcano
Dusky Sound is a remote fiord located in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, not far from Manapouri. The fiord is flanked mainly by lush greenery and imposing rocky outcrops. Dusky Sound is steeped in history, with Captain Cook having spent five weeks here in 1773. The explorer spent two months exploring the fiord extensively, charting its many arms and inlets, and marveling at the birdlife. Visitors can expect to find mountainous terrain with picturesque valleys and forests. Activities include fishing, kayaking and just simply taking in the breath-taking views.Highlights of Dusky Sound
- Experience amazing scenery cruising along Dusky Fjord
- Catch sites of dolphins, seals, whales and birds
- Take part in outdoor activities such as kayaking and fishing
Lyttelton is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour, close to Christchurch. Lyttelton has historically been regarded as the "Gateway to Canterbury" for colonial settlers. In 2009 Lyttelton was awarded Category I Historic Area status by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) defined as "an area of special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value".Highlights of Lyttelton
- Visit the buzzing Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning and try local delicacies
- Explore the various local art galleries
- Enjoy modern New Zealand cuisine at the Roots restaurant
Christchurch lies on the South Island of New Zealand and is a gateway to the scenic and beautiful Canterbury region. Known as the 'Garden City', Christchurch is full of natural beauty, with scenic gardens, vast green parks and the Avon River flowing gently through the city. Christchurch is an energetic and vibrant city, with a huge range of pop up restuarants, contemporary art galleries, boutique shops and open-air markets adding to the creative and lively feel of the city. The backdrop for Christchurch is the lofty and beautiful peaks of Cantebury.Highlights of Christchurch
- Take a trip to the Port Hills for a stunning view of the city and coastline
- Discover the history of the region at the Canterbury Museum
- See some native New Zealand wildlife at Willowbank
Cruises to New Zealand - North IslandSwim with dolphins, dive or go fishing in New Zealand’s pristine blue waters, or relax in the sun in the subtropical Northland region. The scenic Bay of Islands is one of the most popular tourist destinations for fishing and sailing, with a natural harbour and plentiful peninsulas and inlets. Many fly cruise options go from the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland. The city is famous for its sailing opportunities and a shiny new harbour. After the hustle and bustle of a big city its time to visit a place that turns fantasy into reality and savour the awe-inspiring lush scenery of “Middle Earth” - as seen on the greatly celebrated "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" movie trilogies. Venture to Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of the country, where the waters of the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide. The Bay of Plenty will see your cruise ship stopping in Tauranga, a popular gateway to Rotorua - the place to explore steaming geysers and enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (steam-cooked banquet). Travel on to Hobbition for a grand tour around the movie set, then visit our personal favourite, Mt Maunganui. The Mount - a beautiful sandy beach town with thermal hot pools and lively cafes has the volcanic cone that is Mauao (local name for Mt Maunganui) at its tip. The mountain has various routes to its summit, climbing it is well worth the effort to enjoy the majestic views. Renowned for its eclectic mix of culture, arts and heritage, New Zealand’s capital Wellington is a city of wonders. Discover the inner-city beach of Oriental Bay, or delve into some of the many art galleries and museums. Pleasure seekers and adventure lovers can sample adventure activities such as sea-water diving, mountain biking and kayaking.
Cruises to New Zealand - South IslandClimb the highest peak of New Zealand - Aoraki Mount Cook or go hiking in the picturesque Arthur’s Pass National Park. Feel the cultural pulse of Dunedin, a region of Edwardian and Victorian architecture, where remnants of its Scottish heritage proudly remain to this day. Escape to the beautifully rugged landscape of the Taiaroa Head - a unique and beautiful headland known for its wildlife experience. It is the only place in the world you can see a mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in its natural habitat. New Zealand’s diverse scenery and untouched landscapes provide a lot of opportunities for various kinds of activities. Go hiking and enjoy some stunning views, take a ride along the extensive network of biking trails or spend a night at one of New Zealand's iconic backcountry huts. The country’s virtually undiscovered beaches and charming private hideouts offer the chance to relax and soak up the wonders of this diverse nation. Peace and beauty are your main companions on a cruise around New Zealand. If you want to see some of the world’s most beautiful fiords, look no further than the world famous Fiordland National Park. Most cruise ships that cruise to New Zealand will enter Milford Sound and anchor overnight. Even the biggest cruise ship will feel small with the sharp Mitre Peak summit towering over it.
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