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New Zealand Cruises

Kia Ora, and welcome to the 'Land of the Long White Cloud'. From the 144 islands of the Bay of Islands in the north to the glacial lakes and fjords of the south, New Zealand is an outdoor adventurer's paradise. 

Active travellers can partake in a myriad of activities including hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, bungee jumping and kayaking, while those who wish to take it easy can sample the delicious local wines and farm-fresh lamb.

New Zealand also has a fascinating and active Maori culture with various tribes still inhabiting sections of the North Island. Be sure to absorb some of the culture with a visit to a traditional Maori Marae (meeting house). Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the notoriously shy, flightless native kiwi bird, as well as abundant sea life inhabiting the coastline such as whales, dolphins and seals.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • New Zealand is home to the world's smallest dolphin species.
  • In 1893 New Zealand became the first country to allow women to vote.
  • One third of the country is protected national park.
  • The Prime Minister appointed a National Wizard in 1990.
  • Sheep outnumber people by 7 to 1!
 

Highlights

City life

The country's largest city Auckland is home to around a third of the country's population and is well-known for its thriving bar and restaurant scene, as well as some of the best coffee in the southern hemisphere. The nation's capital Wellington, sometimes referred to as 'Wellywood', is home to the country's arts and cultural scene with the Te Papa Museum and the Royal Ballet leading the way.

Breathtaking scenery

Away from the larger cities, it soon becomes clear why a cruise to New Zealand is a popular choice for so many. Untouched mountains, made famous by the film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, are strewn across the country, the wine regions of Marlborough and Napier churn out some zesty whites and rich reds, and you can barely move for beautiful architecture in the charming South Island city of Dunedin. Add in the natural beauty of 'Garden City' Christchurch, and you've got yourself a truly breathtaking country.

The Fjordland National Park is why a lot of people take a cruise to New Zealand. This is where you’ll find the famous fjords of Milford Sound, Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound. Cruising through them, with all their wildlife and serenity, is a profound experience that’s hard to beat. 

 

Nature

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The power of New Zealand's natural forces cannot be underestimated. Situated on a seismic fault line, which has forced up towering mountain ranges over millions of years, the landscape is today still changing. 

The town of Rotorua in the North Island is testament to just how active the land here is, with hundreds of geothermal features including bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers and steaming natural spas strewn across just a few dozen square miles. 

New Zealand is also a hotbed of earthquake activity, with around 20,000 earthquakes a year. Most are too small to register, but the destructive legacy of the famous 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, can still be seen today. 

There are some beautiful gardens in New Zealand, showcasing a wide range of plants that have thrived in the temperate climate. Thanks to the length of the country, everything from the sub-tropical to the sub-alpine grows here. From olive gardens to botanic gardens and beautiful bush walks there’s plenty for the keen gardener to see in New Zealand. 

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting New Zealand

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