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New Zealand cruises are the perfect way to sample our spectacular coastal landscapes and multitude of fun land based activities.

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.
  • 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.

South Island ports

  • 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.
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!
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