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Land of the Long White Cloud: Cruises to New Zealand

Published on Mar 01, 2014

Land of the Long White Cloud: Cruises to New Zealand

Land of the Long White Cloud: Cruises to New Zealand

New Zealand is the land of hobbits and elves, of Narnia and preteen girls riding whales, of cities full of nothing but sheep, rugby games in every paddock and majestic mountains in every backyard. Well, not really, but the island nation is somewhat of an enigma in the eyes of the world- that is where a New Zealand cruise can help! Many major cruise lines offer roundtrips of the country, and some even offer cruises departing from Auckland, which give visitors the chance to explore New Zealand by land as well as by sea.

Cruises From New Zealand: Auckland, City of Sails!

Auckland is the hub for New Zealand cruises. The Pacific Pearl cruises to the South Pacific islands from there during the summer, and plenty of other major cruise lines have cruises departing from there to various locations, often Australia and the rest of New Zealand. The Oosterdam, Celebrity Solstice, Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Radiance of the Seas or quite common sights in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, especially during the summer season of December to February. The Seabourn Odyssey, Crystal Symphony and Seven Seas Voyager add a little luxury to the lineup with their cruises around New Zealand and Australia.

Cruises: New Zealand Holidays

  • New Zealand has a variety of ports which host cruise ships, most of them on the eastern coast. North of Auckland is the Bay of Islands, a tender port. The Bay is a playground of islands, beaches and small towns, and there are plenty of opportunities for water-based shore tours with most cruise lines.

  • Cruise passengers in Auckland for the day can enjoy an urban break, shopping in Queen Street or enjoying the cafes and restaurants in the waterfront precinct whilst watching the many pleasure craft which give the city its nickname.

  • South of Auckland, Tauranga is another often-used cruise port, a laid-back and beachy city. Mount Maunganui, a suburb of Tauranga near where the ships dock, is New Zealand's answer to the Gold Coast.

  • Further down the coast is Napier in the sunny and stunning Hawkes Bay region. The city, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1931, is full of interesting art deco architecture.

  • The most southerly port on the North Island is Wellington, the nation's capital. This compact city climbs the hills around Wellington Harbour, and is easily walkable. Te Papa, the national museum telling the story of New Zealand's natural and social history, is a must-see.

  • In the South Island, some of the smaller ships call in at Picton. This charming town is situated at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound in the Marlborough Sounds which is a celebrated wine region. The approach to the town is beautiful, and wine tours amongst the stunning scenery of the Sounds are a favourite on-shore activity!

  • Down the coast is Christchurch, a stately southern city on the Avon River. Recently many ships stop at Akaroa as an alternative to Christchurch due to earthquake damage. This French-colonised town is gorgeous, located at the end of the Banks Peninsula in a harbour often filled with tiny Hector's Dolphins. Visitors generally get the chance to swim with them.

  • Further south is Dunedin, a student city amongst the green and rolling hills of Otago. Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds also lie at the bottom of the South Island, and they boast some spectacular scenery. The beautiful drowned valleys offer scenic cruising only, but they certainly outdo themselves in that regard!

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