Cruising in New Zealand is the perfect way to explore over 15,000 kilometres of coastline and the spectacular landscapes this diverse country has to offer.
Cruising to New Zealand is a well-established tradition. When the first settlers came here, it was by boat and even up to the 1960’s it was the only way to arrive in this country. Cruises to New Zealand today are, happily, a much more comfortable and luxurious experience.
The most popular places for boarding a cruise to New Zealand are Australia and the South Pacific. Adventure cruises bound for Antarctica also pass through here, as well as round-the-world cruises.
New Zealand is blessed with a compact land mass, which means that each distinct region is within overnight sailing of each other. Whether you are after scenic beauty, interacting with endangered wildlife, learning about Maori culture, or indulging in gourmet goodness, cruising around New Zealand offers varied experiences and life-changing moments.
There are nine main ports in New Zealand.
North Island ports
Bay of Islands – The birthplace of the Nation, with a stunning subtropical coastline and thick dense native forests.
Auckland - New Zealand's biggest city with breath-taking scenery, beautiful beaches, outstanding food and wine, great shopping and exciting nightlife.
Gisborne - Maori culture abounds in this east coast region of the North Island. Good food, top-class wineries and excellent surf beaches add to the region's drawcards.
Tauranga and Rotorua - Beaches, wineries and a thriving kiwifruit industry around the Tauranga region; geothermal earth forces, spa rejuvenation, adventure and Maori culture in Rotorua.
Napier - Beautiful scenery, award-winning wines, gourmet experiences, unique wildlife, stunning architecture and rich cultural heritage.
Wellington - New Zealand's capital, a boutique city offering arts and cultural experiences with nature right on its doorstep.