Cruises departing from Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. A city rich in culture, it has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world and with the nickname City of Sails, is the perfect place to start your cruise Down Under.
With a Harbour to rival Sydney’s starting your cruise holiday from Auckland is an experience not to be missed. Auckland sits on an 11 km wide volcanic isthmus, and cruising in or out of Auckland Harbour you will see some of the city’s unique geography.
Auckland Airport is New Zealand’s largest international airport and has regular flights to Europe, Australia, North America and Asia.
New Zealand to Australia Cruises from Auckland
Auckland is the starting point for all cruises originating from New Zealand. Many of the major cruise lines have itineraries that explore the New Zealand, so whether your preference is for high end or more affordable you should be able to find a cruise to meet your budget. Most cruises departing from Auckland, complete the voyage by crossing the Tasman Sea and passengers disembark in Sydney, Australia. As a result, Auckland to Sydney cruises are normally at least 12 nights long.
The highlight for many people of their New Zealand to Australia cruise is cruising through the magical UNESCO World Heritage site, Milford Sound, a fjord in the South West of the South Island of New Zealand, that Rudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder of the World.
After crossing the Tasman Sea, cruise ships from Auckland usually call in at Tasmania’s capital city Hobart, before travelling on to the final destination, the beautiful Sydney.
South Pacific Cruising
If you are craving warmth, then you can also cruise from Auckland to islands in the South Pacific. Cruise ships from Auckland visit a variety of ports in the South Pacific, such as Noumea, New Caledonia, Port Vila, Vanuatu, Fiji’s capital Suva and the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga Nuku’alofa. These ports offer opportunities to swim on some of the best beaches in the World, snorkel and scuba dive and try a variety of water sports and meet some of the friendliest people who will ever meet. Cruises to these islands are around 9 nights in duration, offering plenty of time to relax by the pool on the boat, with a cocktail in hand.
Further afield from ports in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific, cruises from Auckland travel on to destinations in Asia such as Singapore and Auckland is often a destination for cruise ships on round the world cruises.