Cruises to New Zealand
New Zealand is made up of two islands – north and south – and sits in the South Pacific Ocean off the southeastern corner of Australia. This puts it in the perfect position for New Zealand cruises to explore both the Australian continent and the Southern Pacific Islands.
Cruises around New Zealand
Despite being a small landmass, the varieties from New Zealand’s northern tip to its southernmost are vast. The stunning landscape easily changes from green forest to snow-capped mountains to Fjords to glaciers, not to mention the Auckland Islands just off the northern city coastline, described as the most diverse archipelago in the sub-Antarctic region. A cruise around New Zealand is sure to wind through the breathtaking northern Bay of Islands; words such as “majesty”, “glorious” and “oh, wow” seem like the only suitable utterances as you round Milford Sound and cruise through the scenic Fiordland National Park.
Cities around New Zealand include, on the northern island, Auckland, Tauranga, Napier and Wellington; Picton is known as the gateway to the southern island with Christchurch and Dunedin being the town and city highlights. The western coast of the south island, boasts not only Fiordland, but Akaroa harbor, known as “long harbour” in the Aboriginal Maori language. In fact, it is just about impossible to name a place in New Zealand that does not stop you in your tracks with rolling hills, un-spoilt wilderness and never ending vistas.
Cruises to New Zealand from Australia
A popular destination from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, a cruise to New Zealand is often combined with Tasmania or the New Caledonia islands, a French overseas territory. From Sydney it is possible to explore New Zealand by itself in as little as four days to Auckland, or around New Zealand cruising holidays up to two weeks in duration. If you have a month or more and are planning an around Australia cruise, New Zealand can easily be included in the itinerary.
South Pacific Cruises
New Zealand cruises are the gateway to the islands of the South Pacific, taking you to such exotic destinations as Hawaii, Fiji, Polynesia, French Polynesia and New Caledonia. While New Zealand can be cool and has a wetter climate, the Southern Pacific islands are for those seeking sun, sandy beaches, clear blue ocean and a laid back afternoons. These islands, though changed by colonization, still retain a rich tribal culture and ancient practices that are still evident today.