Cruises around New Zealand
If you want to relax and enjoy new places without the hustle of unpacking every time, then a cruise is the perfect holiday for you. Princess and P&O Cruise lines offer itineraries of varying lengths that include New Zealand as a destination. For shorter trips or itineraries that call on some of the most beautiful South Pacific Islands or Tasmania, there are various cruises around New Zealand from Australia that you can choose from.
Cruises around New Zealand can even be stitched into long-haul and wide-angle itineraries that include popular destinations such as French Polynesia, American Samoa and Fiji. Another exciting option is to hop aboard cruises that will bring you to remote wildlife-dense destinations that are hard to reach by overland transport – some of the finest that New Zealand has to offer and are best experienced on a cruise are Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, and Stewart Island, the southernmost inhabited island of New Zealand. Cruise ships sailing this way call on the port of Oban.
Cruise Lines offering cruises to New Zealand
Choose from a selection of cruises to New Zealand that are offered by each of these four main cruise lines. The overview is discussed below.
For a great selection of itineraries that include New Zealand cruising from late November to end of March, Princess Cruise Lines have much to offer. There are 12/13 day itineraries departing from Sydney or Melbourne to choose from, and these itineraries call on several New Zealand ports in both North and South Island. Many of these cruises sail in and around Fiordland National Park renowned for its magical landscape – this is one cruise where you should splurge for a Balcony stateroom to take in all those fantastic views! If you have time to spare, Princess also offers longer itineraries that cruise around New Zealand and Australia, and visit Bali in Indonesia, in 35 days!
For jaunts from Sydney to Auckland, P&O Cruises offers a few 2-night itineraries, with the majority of the itineraries for cruising New Zealand from Sydney lasting 10 to 14 nights; many of these cruises call on cities of both North and South Island. The beautiful Bay of Islands in the Northlands is the starting point, then the ship visits the City of Sails, Auckland, before calling on several ports on the East Coast. On the way back to Sydney, the ship sails through either the majestic Milford Sound or the wildlife-dense Fiordland National Park. There is also a 17-night cruise from Melbourne which explores Southern Australia and Tasmania before fittingly ending in New Zealand’s City of Sails, Auckland.
Similar cruises to New Zealand are offered by Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises aboard a smaller list of cruise ships. To help you decide on the best New Zealand cruise, look at all the different ships for the comforts and conveniences they offer.
For the ultimate cruising experience, Seabourn Cruises offers luxury trips that depart from Sydney and visit most of New Zealand, or cruises around New Zealand as part of a longer itinerary that could include any of the beautiful islands of the South Pacific or choice destinations in Southeast Asia. Cruising with Seabourn is a different class altogether – all-suite, all-inclusive ultra-luxury pampering where your every little wish is fulfilled.