Cruising between New Zealand and Australia is the experience of a lifetime! How about making the most of your time down under with a pre or post cruise experience?
If you choose a cruise that begins or ends in New Zealand then there are some great options to enrich your Kiwi experience. You might like to spend extra time enjoying Auckland and the Bay of Islands in the North Island, or Queenstown in the South Island.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and the main hub for international cruise lines.
The natural assets of Auckland have made it a dream destination for all kinds of travellers. Being at the narrowest point of the North Island it literally stretches itself from one side of the country to the other – from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea. This means, wherever you are in Auckland, you’re never far from the water. From big wild rolling surf beaches to a beautiful gulf scattered with tranquil holiday islands, the sea and all its attractions are why this is known as the City of Sails.
Experience some of New Zealand’s best shopping, cuisine and nightlife, along with delectable wineries, wild nature reserves and fantastic beaches – a few days in Auckland - building in a tour or two - is the perfect beginning or end to a cruise in New Zealand.
Bay of Islands
Spend a few days driving the Twin Coast discovery highway up into Northland, or hop on a short flight from Auckland to Kerikeri.
Welcome to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Here the pristine beaches are white-sanded and tranquil, a place for relaxing and enjoying your choice of activities, be it golf, swimming, sailing or diving. Take a cruise, soak up the sun or immerse yourself in Maori culture at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Just a 1hr 50min flight from Auckland, Queenstown, in the South Island is an easy option to add on to any cruise experience.
The lake and mountain landscape make it suited to all kinds of adventure. There’s skiing in the winter and activities such as bungy jumping, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. If hardcore adventure isn't your thing, there are plenty of mellow options available. Experience one of the many walking and biking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge yourself with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine.