New Zealand Cruises

Cruising in New Zealand

With jaw-dropping natural beauty, a range of unusual and unique native animals, and cities both large and small, New Zealand is both exciting and fascinating. Cruising New Zealand gives you the opportunity to visit places like Auckland, the Bay of Islands, Dunedin, and Fiordland National Park, a long stretch of deep fiords on the west coast of the South Island.

Located near the top of the North Island, the Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions. Wide-open skies, gorgeous beaches, and several islands make up the stunning scenery. This is the ideal place to learn about the history of this young country and its native culture; here, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Chiefs of native Maori Tribes, and representatives of the British Crown. The Bay of Islands is also the site of an immense forest of ancient Kauri trees, two or three thousand years old.

Slightly further south is Auckland, the country’s largest city. Landmarks like the Sky Tower and Harbour Bridge make the city high distinctive, and its wide range of museums and galleries, shops and restaurants, and public gardens and parks, make it an exciting place to visit for everyone. Dotted around the sprawling city and surrounding metropolitan areas are several ancient volcanoes, including One Tree Hill and Mt. Eden, along with Rangitoto, the island volcano that can be seen just offshore.

In the South Island, you’ll arrive at Port Chalmers, the gateway to the city of Dunedin, a city with strong ties to Scotland. From Dunedin you can visit the Otago Peninsula and Taiaroa Head to see the world’s only mainland Royal Albatross colony, as well as penguins and seals, travel the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway, or visit some of Otago’s historic buildings, such as the neo-Gothic-styled Larnach Castle.

New Zealand’s weather is just as diverse as the country itself, and it’s largely hospitable at any time of year. The upper North Island is a temperate region, hot in summer, and cool—but not truly cold—in winter. In the South Island the seasons are much more marked, with warm summers and chilly winters, with occasional snow in coastal cities, and more frequently in the west coast and high country.

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