New Zealand Cruises

New Zealand

Well-known for its Maori culture, diverse natural beauty and superb gastronomy, it’s no wonder New Zealand is a popular place to visit! Visit the mountain-fringed shores of Milford Sound, admire Picton’s magnificent fjords and stand in awe before spectacular active volcanoes  Whatever it is you wish to see or do, the Land of the Long White Cloud is unlikely to disappoint.

To see some of the wonders of New Zealand for yourself, book an outstanding cruise deal today.

Destinations

South Island
New Zealand's spectacular South Island offers a dramatic introduction to some of the most awe-inspiring natural landscapes in the world. A medley of majestic snow-capped peaks and magnificent fjords merge with rugged coastlines and peaceful rainforests to form one of the world's most scenic islands. Add to that a collection of hospitable local towns and plenty of gastronomical delights and it's little wonder the South Island attracts hordes of visitors.  Discover the natural wonders of the South Island on a cruise to this most dramatic of destinations.
North Island
The stunning North Island of New Zealand - or Te-Ika-a-Maui as it's also known - is a popular destination for visitors from across the globe. Given its stylish cities, spectacular coastlines, voluminous mountain ranges and unique Maori culture, it's no surprise that so many visitors make the North Island a regular port of call.Explore the sunny shores of the North Island and jump aboard one of these great cruise deals today.

Comedy

4 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Pacific Pearl.
Departs 31 Jan 2016
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$494*
per person twin share

Australia Getaway

4 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Dawn Princess.
Departs 05 Feb 2017
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$629*
per person twin share

Australia & New Zealand Positioning

4 night cruise sailing from Melbourne aboard the Golden Princess.
Departs 05 Mar 2017
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$629*
per person twin share

Australia Getaway

4 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Sea Princess.
Departs 11 Jan 2017
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$629*
per person twin share

Australia Getaway

4 night cruise sailing from Melbourne aboard the Golden Princess.
Departs 04 Dec 2016
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$659*
per person twin share

Comedy

4 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Pacific Pearl.
Departs 30 Jan 2017
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$825*
per person twin share

New Zealand

12 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Radiance of the Seas.
Departs 28 Jan 2017
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$1321*
per person twin share

New Zealand

11 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Explorer of the Seas.
Departs 24 Feb 2016
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$1365*
per person twin share

New Zealand from Sydney

11 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Carnival Spirit.
Departs 12 Feb 2016
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$1382*
per person twin share

New Zealand

9 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Diamond Princess.
Departs 08 Dec 2015
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$1385*
per person twin share

South Pacific, Fiji, And Tonga

13 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Radiance of the Seas.
Departs 03 Dec 2016
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$1451*
per person twin share

New Zealand

11 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Explorer of the Seas.
Departs 06 Mar 2016
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$1535*
per person twin share

Destination Overview

New Zealand is the world's fifth-largest island nation, and is part of an archipelago lying approximately 1,600 kilometres south-east of Australia. It consists of two major islands - the North Island and the South Island - and some smaller islands in the South Pacific.

One of the world's youngest countries thanks to its relatively isolated position, New Zealand was first settled by Polynesians around 1300CE, making it one of the last large land masses settled by humans. In 1769, James Cook circumnavigated and charted New Zealand’s coasts, eventually prompting a steady wave of European migration. In 1907, New Zealand became a self-governing dominion and today it's an independent nation with a well-educated and well-travelled population of more than four million inhabitants.

Enjoying a scenic cruise is an ideal way to see the bulk of its 15,000-kilometre coastline, and New Zealand's compact land mass means it is only an overnight journey to each distinctive region.
 

Who goes there?

A number of cruise lines provide a variety of cruising itineraries around New Zealand. Visitors can explore the country aboard luxury lines such as Crystal Cruises, Oceania, Orion, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Silver Seas, and Hapag-Lloyd. Other big-ship cruisers include lines such as Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, P&O Australia, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Holland America Line.

Cruises regularly depart Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane between October and April. Select lines also offer itineraries during the shorter winter cruise season, from April through to July.
 

Best time to go?

New Zealand’s climate overall is generally mild and somewhat changeable, so depending on your precise travel plans, travelling at any time of year is possible.

Nevertheless, air temperatures tend to be at their warmest between December and February, coldest in June, July and August and a drier in the South than the North during winter. So if you're cruising outside of peak summer times, it's best to come prepared for cooler temperatures.
 

Highlights

A land of diverse landscape and rich culture, New Zealand is jam-packed with things to see and do.

  • Rotorua - boasting bubbling mud pools, hot water springs, shimmering lakes and lush green forests, Rotorua offers visitors an experience like no other
  • Fiordland National Park - the awe-inspiring Fiordland National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site – awes and inspires with its cascading waterfalls, granite peaks and ancient rainforests
  • Adventure-pumping activities - New Zealand delights thrill-seekers with its abundance of adventure sports, including bungy jumping, jet boating and white water rafting
  • Marae - take a trip to a to the tribal meeting ground - a Marae - in places like Auckland, Rotorua or the Canterbury region to observe some local Maori culture up close
  • Wine-tasting - if you're a wine aficionado, be sure to stop in at some award-winning wineries in Queenstown and the surrounding Central Otago region.

     
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