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.

Discover Cruises to New Zealand and Relax in Style

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 cruise 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.

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South Island cruise ports

  • Kaikoura - Whale watching, swimming with dolphins and viewing playful seal pups are unique experiences all possible from this seaside settlement.
  • Nelson - New Zealand's sunniest region amazes visitors with its stunning national parks, golden sand beaches and vibrant art scene.
  • Picton and Marlborough Sounds - A retreat from urban pressures with its idyllic Sounds, gourmet offerings and world famous herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Christchurch Lyttelton and Akaroa - The 'Garden City' has beautiful parks and tree-lined avenues. Redevelopment is well underway since the earthquake in February 2011, and you'll find funky and innovative pop-up attractions all over the place. 
  • Dunedin and Port Chalmers - A city rich in heritage and architecture and home to many endangered New Zealand wildlife.
  • Fiordland - A World Heritage site, home to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, New Zealand's picturesque icons.
  • Stewart Island - New Zealand's third largest island is a nature lovers' and hikers' paradise. Spot a Brown Kiwi in its natural environment or hike on one of the island's many impressive tracks. 
If you have the opportunity to start or end your cruise in New Zealand, be sure to make the most of it! Find out which ships come to New Zealand and make this your trip of a lifetime!