Cruising in New Zealand is as easy as falling off a log. With
blockbuster scenery, great food and wine and some of the friendliest people in
the world, it’s as if the two-island nation was crafted by Mother Nature for
the very purpose of cruising. When researching a cruise in New Zealand,
consider the choices. It’s possible to leave from and return to Australia, fly
to New Zealand and maximise your time visiting the islands or choose a cruise
that sails to New Zealand as part of a longer voyage. Then, of course, you can
take any of these cruises on a big, mid-size or small ship. Here are some
hand-picked ideas to whet your appetite for cruising in New Zealand.
Sydney Round Trip on Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises is one of the most popular cruise lines regularly
visiting New Zealand with round-trip options from Australia. For example, you
can sail from Sydney aboard the luxurious Diamond Princess and visit the fabulous scenery of the Fiordland National Park as
well as port visits to Auckland, Tauranga (for excursions to Rotorua),
Wellington, Akaroa and Dunedin over 12 nights. Plus there are similar
itineraries aboard this 2700-passenger superliner from Melbourne and Brisbane.
On sea days, there’s plenty to enjoy aboard Diamond
Princess like live theatre and dance clubs to specialty dining and
activities for kids under 18.
Chile to Sydney on Queen Mary 2
Serious cruisers with a taste for traditional luxury can select
a trans-Pacific voyage like those offered by Cunard aboard the exquisite QM2, the world’s only true ocean liner. Sail
from Santiago in Chile all the way to Sydney and stop over in New Zealand for
four nights en route, visiting the major ports like Auckland and Wellington
while still finding time to enjoy the scenic pleasures of the Bay of Islands.
Plus you’ll have bonus stops at places like Tahiti and Easter Island. You’ll
need to book ahead because the 2600-passenger Queen Mary 2 is one of the most popular ships in the world with
exceptional dining, amenities and passenger accommodations.
Auckland to Sydney on
Smaller ships are becoming increasingly popular for destinations
like New Zealand because they can explore in much more detail and offer more
enriching itineraries. Azamara Club Cruises are brand-new to our region and are
famous for longer port visits with more options. Azamara Journey has less than one third the number of passengers
than the big ships like Diamond Princess,
making it much easier to get on and off and join your excursion at smaller
ports like Waitangi, Picton and Kaikoura.
course, these are just a few of the many options available to anyone wanting to
explore the Land of the Long White Cloud. If you’ve tried these ships before,
why not look for similar itineraries offered by Royal Caribbean, Holland
America and Celebrity? Each of these lines have their own character and style,
so you’re assured of always finding the right cruise at the right time and at
the right price.