Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific
What better way to explore Australia & New Zealand than on a cruise?
New Zealand has an incredibly diverse landscape, and your experience of the country will differ massively depending on whether you’re visiting the main North or South Island. One thing they both have in common is the amazing mountainous landscapes – absolutely incredible! Lord of the Rings fans will recognise many locations on either island, and Hobbiton is a very popular choice for a day-trip. The feeling that you have arrived at a magical land of fantasy will stay with you throughout your journey, especially when you visit the National Fiordland Park, one of the main highlights of a New Zealand cruise. Witness the jaw-dropping drama of Milford Sound, Dusky Sound, and Doubtful Sound, or perhaps the giant geysers, crater lakes, and hot springs of Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, where the Pink & White Terraces will fill you with awe. Rotorua is also a volcanic wonderland with opportunities to join a glow worm kayaking tour or mountain biking trail. What’s more, it has a thriving Maori culture! The spirit of Manaakitanga (hospitality) will make you feel welcome as you enjoy soul-stirring performances, feast upon the hearty fare of traditional hangi cooking, watch ta moko tattoo experts at work, and delve into the lifestyle of local indigenous people. The cities of New Zealand also hold many attractions. Whether it’s the sophisticated yet eclectic ambience of Wellington or the quirky allure of Christchurch, there will be plenty to see and do, and all the while you will be captivated by the friendly vibrancy of Kiwi energy!
Many cruises to the islands of the South Pacific, such as Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga and Bora Bora begin in Australia. White sand and clear blue waters are probably what come to mind as soon as you think of the land Down Under, and justifiably so. The rolling waves are hard to resist, and Australia has earned its reputation as a mecca for surfers. Take the plunge and visit the fashionable Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas or the pristine Hyams Beach in New South Wales. Wherever you go along the coast, you’ll be living your best beach life. But of course it’s not just sun, sand, and sea. The Australian landscape presents many opportunities for adventure – explore the outback wilderness, take in the view from atop the Blue Mountains, or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. There are so many natural wonders to take your breath away, and you might even spot a kangaroo or two! Amidst the mountains, wilds, rivers, and ocean, shimmering cities like Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, and Adelaide offer a different sort of excitement and each with their own unique charm, lively art culture, and trendy markets, along with the warm and laidback Aussie vibe!
Cruising is a fabulous way to experience the culture and beauty of more than one of these amazing destinations in one unforgettable exotic adventure! Cruising this region is cost effective too with your meals included onboard your cruise ship! We can also extend your cruise holiday with extra nights in places like Sydney, Perth, Melbourne & Auckland.
Speak to us about arranging a few nights in a hotel pre- or post-cruise and discover what these wonderful regions have to offer, there are plenty of tours on offer too!