‘Paradise of the Pacific’ and ‘God’s own country’ are nicknames that have been given to country of New Zealand because of its natural beauty. It is divided into two halves, the North islands and the South islands. Bigger cities such as Auckland and Wellington are located in the North islands making it more heavily populated than the other half. The South islands is considered to be the star of tourism because it is home to the stunning lakes, glaciers, and mountains that this country is famous for.
New Zealand has been called ‘Aotearoa’ which translates into ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud’ by the early Polynesians. The Maori culture that is prevalent here is one of the strongest cultures in all of Polynesia. If you love a place that is ruggedly beautiful and enigmatic and is full of mountains, geysers, and glaciers, you will feel like you are in paradise when you visit New Zealand. Don’t believe it? Have you seen the trilogy ‘Lord of the Rings’? Remember the vistas portrayed in the film that left you breathless. They were all filmed, here, in New Zealand.
You can say that cruising is a well-established tradition in New Zealand because right up to the 1960s this was the only way you could reach here. Of course, today, it has grown into a far more luxurious and comfortable experience.
Although the official cruise season kicks off in October, you will make the most out of your trip to New Zealand when you visit it during the peak summer months, i.e. December, January and February. If you want to experience winter in this beautiful country, you can make use of the shorter winter cruise season from April to July.
When the locals say that you can experience four seasons in a single day here, they are definitely not exaggerating. This country is famous for a weather that has a mind of its own and can change unexpectedly. But on an average the temperature keeps decreasing as you travel south. Just keep in mind that summers here are the holiday period for families, so expect lots of crowds around tourist attractions.
You have so many options when it comes to choosing a New Zealand cruise. Most of the cruises that visit New Zealand in summer, usually depart from Australian ports, mainly Sydney and Melbourne. Then there is the option of New Zealand-only cruises or the expedition cruises. The expedition cruises are known for their large port visits combined with the less-frequented locations that many cruise lines do not visit. For example, some of these cruises include White Island, Kaikoura, and Stewart Island on their itinerary.
The main difference between these cruises is the duration and the locations they visit. So go ahead, do your research and book the New Zealand cruise that best appeals to you.
New Zealand is a compact country, in other words, each destination is within overnight sailing of the other. Whether you want to learn more about Maori culture, interact with endangered wildlife, or view some of the most breathtaking sceneries, New Zealand cruises offer you all this and more. Some of the ports visited by these cruises include
This country’s largest and the most multicultural city, Auckland, is also a port with a number of yachts docked in the harbor. When you are here you can visit the various galleries and museums, indulge in the local cuisine and wine, and shop till you drop. Join one of the tours to see the glow worm caves, the Gannet colony, or the wine district.
Ensure that this port is included in the itinerary of your New Zealand cruise, if you love history and architecture. This port, located in the South Islands, is considered to be the architectural heritage capital of this country. The foundations of this city were built on the 1860s gold rushes and even today you can see the Edwardian and Victorian buildings every corner you turn. Some even believe that this is the one of the world’s most perfectly preserved Victorian city. If you want to look at the fashion scene and local art, this is the perfect place to do so. It is also home to the Otago Peninsula which is renowned for being the only breeding colony of the northern royal albatross across the world.
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