Cruising New Zealand

Posted February 28th, 2012

They say “there’s no place like home”...With breathtaking scenery and natural phenomena – geysers, thermal springs, boiling mud pools, snow-capped mountains and gorgeous lakes - New Zealand is truly unforgettable.

Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or a longer break, New Zealand offers you a chance to experience adventure,embrace inspiring scenery, learn history and culture - all in one astonishing package. What better way to experience New Zealand, than on a cruise holiday!

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North Island

North Island stops include Tauranga, Auckland, Bay of Islands & Wellington to name a few.

The white pearly beach, near Wairo River makes Mount Maunganui (port of Tauranga) a popular place for cruise ships to berth. Tauranga presents its guests with a wide array of attractions and activities, including canoeing, white water rafting, fishing trips, scenic flights and excursions to Mayor and Motiti Islands.

Lying between two grand harbours, the Waitemata and the Manukau lies the popular destination of Auckland. City sophistication, forest trails and island wine walks are some of the things you can experience in Auckland. Drive down to famous city of Rotorua and embrace the geysers, bubbling mud pools, hot springs and billowing clouds of steam. This region is a Mecca for adventure seekers and water lovers.

The Bay of Islands, resides north of Auckland. Made up of small islands,stretched out in the shape of a long finger. This area is popular for its historical significances, and is considered to be a well known region amongst the craftsmen. Bay of Islands offer endless water based activities, sub-tropical sandy beaches and native forests.

Wellington on the other hand is based at the bottom of the North Island. It is also New Zealand’s capital city and is well known for its magnificent harbour, cosmopolitan city, fashion influences and ever so famous coffee culture.



South Island

South Island is just as beautiful as the North Island - if not more. South Islands berths include Otago, Milford Sounds, Christchurch and more.

Milford Sounds, situated near Queenstown boasts of Fiordland National Park. Lushes, emerald grasslands, icy rivers, snow-capped mountains and majestic fiords are just some of the breathtaking sights as you sail into Milford Sound.

Dunedin is the second biggest city after Christchurch in the South Island. It offers it's visitors a wide range of attractions including the Cadbury chocolate factory. The Otago Peninsular offers spectacular sights as well, and shouldn't be missed. Christchurch, recognised by the locals as the garden city offers its visitor world-class alpine resorts and impressive wineries.


New Zealand cruises are like no other, and there are numerous options for you to consider, including small expeditions, luxury cruises and even cruises suited to the eco-traveller. With the options of cruises seemingly endless, and a destination that offers everything from breathtaking scenery to adventures galore, New Zealand is a cruise of a lifetime.

Looking for more information on Cruises or Cruise holidays in New Zealand? Call a Cruise holiday expert at a Cruiseabout store nationwide on 0800 22 11 14.

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