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. The first settlers arrived here by boat more than 1,000 years ago, and even up until the 1960s it was the only way to reach this country. Today, cruising to New Zealand is, 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. Around-the-world cruises pass through here, as do adventure cruises bound for Antarctica. 

As a compact island nation, New Zealand is a wonderful cruising destination as each distinct region is within overnight sailing. New Zealand’s cruise ports are well set-up to welcome international visitors on cruise ships with a wide range of onshore activities and day trips available. 

Whether you’re after scenic beauty, viewing endangered wildlife, learning about Māori culture, or indulging in gourmet goodness, cruising around New Zealand offers varied experiences and life-changing moments. 

North Island cruise destinations

Stops on cruises around North Island may include the beautiful Bay of Islands, cosmopolitan Auckland and Wellington, the capital city. Those who enjoy art and wine will enjoy Napier, the world-famous art deco city in the Hawke's Bay wine region.

South Island cruise destinations

Cruise destinations around the South Island can include the stunning Marlborough Sounds, the charming French-style settlement of Akaroa and the revitalised city of Christchurch. The historic Scottish-influenced Dunedin, and the ruggedly beautiful Fiordland in the south west are not to be missed.

Cruise Destinations

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