Few destinations can match the tranquillity and beauty of New Zealand, a land filled with adventure and surprise. Around every bend, past every clifftop and every pasture, lies a place so innately beautiful, that one can scarcely imagine the violent, volcanic eruptions that forged its ancient beginnings.
Majestic, rugged snow-capped mountains tower high in the sky; crystal clear waters anoint the shores, where rushing waterfalls meet the sea; picturesque sea side towns and lovingly preserved villages dot the landscape.
New Zealand is a land filled with countless natural wonders, and one of the best ways to enjoy this island nation and its many attractions is on a cruise. From the North Island to the tip of the South Island, a cruise allows you to take in the coastal beauty of the entire country.
Whether it’s the big city wonders of Auckland and Wellington with their beautiful bays and harbours, the quaint little towns like Akaroa, with its Gallic influences and Mauri inspired attractions or the Art Deco inspired Napier, or the gorgeous fiords of Milford Sound, you can bet, the stunning views will keep you transfixed.
Next to the incredible scenery, New Zealand is wholeheartedly celebrated for its beautiful wines and tasty cuisine. Visit famous wineries in the Marlborough and Canterbury wine regions where you can taste some of New Zealand’s best wines – and cheeses….and produce! What more could you want from a cruise?
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Don’t just fly to New Zealand. Regular sailings depart from Australia with Tasman crossings making for a relaxing three-day voyage. Today’s cruise ships feature everything from high-tea sittings and 24-hour buffets to live entertainment, movie theatres, libraries and swimming pools. And on some ships, outdoor activities like rock-climbing walls and giant waterslides fill the need for adventure. Do as much, or as little as you want, for the time is all yours.
Enjoy the skyline views as you sail into beautiful Auckland Harbour. There’s no shortage of things to see and do in this international city. Most Trans-Tasman cruises feature additional New Zealand ports for cruises lasting between 7 and 10 days. Better yet, go the whole way for a complete 14 to 21 day New Zealand circumnavigation.
However long you’re looking to go, there’s a cruise out there just waiting to entertain and dazzle you.
On a complete New Zealand cruise, guests can expect to visit many of the country’s top destinations. With sailings lasting between 7 and 14 days, there’s plenty of time to explore the many coastal attractions on both islands. In addition to Auckland, typical ports of call include Tauranga, Napier and Wellington on the North Island and the Christchurch / Akaroa region, Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound on the majestic South Island.
For a real treat, some cruises now include a stop at Stewart Island, a small, pristine land mass located 30 kilometres off the southern tip of the South Island. With a population of less than 400 people, the island is ideal for anyone who enjoys untouched beaches, walks in nature or bird watching.
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