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New Zealand, a magical archipelago nestled in the South Pacific, is a destination that encapsulates the essence of untouched beauty, enchanting history and diverse culture.

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Luxury New Zealand with Sydney and Auckland Stays

Luxury New Zealand with Sydney and Auckland Stays

17th Feb 26, 20 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, Australia
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Luxury New Zealand with Auckland and Sydney Stays

Luxury New Zealand with Auckland and Sydney Stays

13th Mar 26, 20 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, Australia
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Luxury New Zealand with Sydney Experience

Luxury New Zealand with Sydney Experience

27th Oct 25, 18 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, Australia
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New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

27th Jan 25, 11 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, Australia
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Luxury New Zealand Sounds and Cities with Sydney Stay

Luxury New Zealand Sounds and Cities with Sydney Stay

30th Mar 25, 19 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, Australia
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  • Includes 4 Nights Hotel Stay in Sydney!
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CRUISE1ST EXCLUSIVE Luxury New Zealand and Australian Winelands

CRUISE1ST EXCLUSIVE Luxury New Zealand and Australian Winelands

14th Nov 24, 27 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, Australia, North Island, New Zealand, Kangaroo Island, Tasmania
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New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

12th Mar 25, 13 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, Australia
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New Zealand from Auckland with the Celebrity Edge

New Zealand from Auckland with the Celebrity Edge

19th Feb 25, 12 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, Australia
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New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

20th Dec 24, 13 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, Australia
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New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

18th Nov 24, 13 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, Australia
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New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

6th Nov 24, 12 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, Australia
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New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

New Zealand from Sydney, Australia with the Celebrity Edge

5th Apr 25, 12 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, Australia
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from £1,658 pp
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 Luxury New Zealand with Sydney Experience

Luxury New Zealand with Sydney Experience

13th Nov 25, 18 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, Australia
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Luxury Tahitian Treasures with Hawaii & Sydney Stay

Luxury Tahitian Treasures with Hawaii & Sydney Stay

30th Sep 24, 25 nights - Transpacific, Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand, Pacific, North Island, New Zealand, French Polynesia, New Zealand, United States, Australia, Hawaii
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Luxury New Zealand with Sydney Experience

Luxury New Zealand with Sydney Experience

12th Nov 24, 20 nights - Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand, North Island, New Zealand, Australia
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New Zealand Cruises
Discover the pristine beauty of New Zealand with an unforgettable cruise holiday. Our specially curated cruises to this extraordinary land offer travellers a comprehensive experience that goes beyond the ordinary. Unravel the wonders of New Zealand and book your cruise today!
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Harbours for New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
-42%
from£399
Auckland Cruises
Tauranga, New Zealand
Tauranga, New Zealand
-49%
from£499
Tauranga Cruises
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
-48%
from£583
Bay of Islands Cruises
Dunedin, New Zealand
Dunedin, New Zealand
-48%
from£583
Dunedin Cruises
Napier, New Zealand
Napier, New Zealand
-48%
from£583
Napier Cruises
Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
-36%
from£583
Wellington Cruises
Picton, New Zealand
Picton, New Zealand
-48%
from£399
Picton Cruises
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand
-42%
from£1,013
Milford Sound Cruises
Lyttelton, New Zealand
Lyttelton, New Zealand
-36%
from£583
Lyttelton Cruises
Christchurch (Akaroa), New Zealand
Christchurch (Akaroa), New Zealand
-37%
from£1,013
Christchurch (Akaroa) Cruises
Dusky Sound, New Zealand
Dusky Sound, New Zealand
-42%
from£1,013
Dusky Sound Cruises
Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
-42%
from£1,013
Doubtful Sound Cruises

Travel Tips for New Zealand

History & culture

New Zealand’s history is a rich tapestry that weaves Maori traditions with European influences. As our cruise ship navigates the pristine waters, you’ll be transported back in time to discover the country’s layered past. Explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of modern New Zealand, and immerse yourself in the Maori culture through traditional performances, intricately carved meeting houses, and ancient stone statues. Stopovers in cities like Wellington and Christchurch offer an insight into the British colonial history reflected in their architecture and institutions. The cultural amalgamation of New Zealand is also evident in its arts scene – from the traditional Maori ‘haka’ and ‘poi’ dances to the contemporary film industry that brought Middle Earth to life, every cultural experience is a testament to the country’s diverse heritage. From the picturesque landscapes of the North and South Islands to the bustling cities and tranquil towns, each stop along your cruise presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the Kiwi way of life. Discover New Zealand from the comfort of our luxurious liners, designed to cater to your every need while providing a gateway to the spellbinding sights and sounds of this remarkable destination. 

Food & drink

New Zealand’s food and drink scene is a gastronomic journey you’ll savour long after your cruise. The country’s fertile lands and clean waters make it a culinary paradise, producing world-class ingredients that local chefs turn into delightful dishes. Savour the traditional Maori ‘Hangi’ – a feast cooked in an earth oven, or indulge in some of the finest seafood you’ll ever taste, like the famous Bluff oysters and succulent green-lipped mussels. On our cruises, you’ll also have the chance to experience New Zealand’s acclaimed wine industry. Visit scenic vineyards in Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay, tasting the exceptional Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, among others. The Kiwi craft beer scene is another highlight, with breweries in Wellington and Nelson introducing you to unique local flavours. These culinary experiences on our New Zealand cruises perfectly marry the country’s rich culture and the fresh bounty of its lands and seas.  

Featured New Zealand Destinations to visit

Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a stunning maritime park that’s home to 144 islands, offering an array of natural attractions and activities. As our cruise liner anchors in the azure waters, you can explore the bay’s historic towns such as Russell, New Zealand’s first sea port with its colonial architecture, or Paihia, known for its vibrant local culture. The area is rich in marine life, and a dolphin-watching cruise is a must-try experience. The iconic Hole in the Rock landmark, a grand archway carved by the sea, provides an unforgettable sight, especially when visited at sunset.

Auckland

Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’, is a perfect blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty. The city’s skyline, dominated by the Sky Tower, welcomes you as the ship docks. Here, you can explore vibrant neighbourhoods, and world-class museums like the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and indulge in the buzzing food and drink scene. A short ferry ride away is Waiheke Island, known for its vineyards and olive groves. For nature lovers, a visit to the nearby Waitakere Ranges offers pristine beaches and lush rainforests filled with native flora and fauna.

Wellington

New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, is a cultural hotspot with a charming downtown area that’s perfect for leisurely exploration. The city is famous for its thriving arts scene, with numerous galleries and theatres, and the world-renowned Te Papa Museum. Don’t miss a ride on the historic Wellington Cable Car for panoramic views over the city and harbour. Foodies will relish the chance to visit the city’s artisanal coffee roasters and craft beer breweries, reflecting Wellington’s vibrant culinary culture.

Tips for cruising to New Zealand

Currency considerations

New Zealand’s official currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). While credit and debit cards are widely accepted, having some local currency on hand is recommended for small purchases, especially in more remote areas. Currency can be exchanged at airports, banks, and currency exchange offices. ATMs are readily available in urban areas and most will allow cash withdrawals on international cards. It’s advisable to inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid any unexpected blocking of your cards. 

Making the most use of short durations in port

When the cruise ship docks, the time in port can pass quickly. To make the most of it, plan your activities ahead of time. Research what attractions are near the port and their operating hours. If an attraction is further away, check if the cruise line offers a shore excursion, which ensures you’ll return to the ship on time. Prioritizing what you want to see and do will help maximize your experience. Don’t try to cram in too much – sometimes the best memories are made strolling through a local market or relaxing in a picturesque park.

Transport

In larger cities like Auckland and Wellington, public transportation options such as buses, trains, and ferries are efficient and user-friendly. Taxis and rideshare services are also available. In smaller towns or for specific tourist attractions, consider hiring a car or joining a guided tour. If you plan on venturing farther from the port, ensure you’re aware of the time needed to return to the ship. Also, remember that in New Zealand, they drive on the left-hand side of the road. Always prioritize safety and allow plenty of time to get back to your cruise ship before its scheduled departure.

What not to miss in a cruise to New Zealand

Maori Cultural Experiences

The indigenous Maori culture is integral to New Zealand’s identity. A visit to a ‘marae’ (Maori meeting grounds) or a cultural performance, such as the powerful ‘haka’ war dance or the mesmerizing ‘poi’ dance, offers a profound connection to the country’s ancestral roots. In places like Rotorua and the Bay of Islands, you can participate in a traditional ‘Hangi’ feast, where food is cooked using heated rocks buried in a pit oven.

Wine Tasting in Marlborough

New Zealand’s largest wine-growing region, Marlborough, is world-renowned for its crisp Sauvignon Blanc. When the cruise docks in Picton, take a tour of the vine-strewn valleys of this sun-soaked region. Enjoy a leisurely day of wine tasting, learning about the winemaking process, and soaking up the stunning landscapes of rolling hills and vibrant vines.

Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound

Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand. The park is home to stunning fjords like Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, offering breathtaking vistas of towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and reflective waters. As the cruise ship glides through the fjords, you’ll be surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty in one of the most isolated and untouched regions in the world. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife, including seals, dolphins, and a variety of bird species. This destination truly encapsulates the essence of New Zealand’s untamed wilderness.

FAQs about cruising to New Zealand

We have put together the following FAQs. We hope that you will be able to find an answer to your question below, but if you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team.

What is the best time for a cruise to New Zealand?

The best time for a cruise to New Zealand is during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer months, from December to February. During this time, you can expect longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures.

What should I pack for a cruise to New Zealand?

Due to the varied climate, it’s recommended to pack layers, including a waterproof jacket for occasional rain showers. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are essential due to New Zealand’s strong UV rays. Comfortable walking shoes are necessary for exploring ports and participating in outdoor activities. Don’t forget a swimsuit for onboard pools and thermal springs onshore.

What wildlife might I see on a New Zealand cruise?

New Zealand is rich in wildlife. On a cruise, you may see dolphins, seals, and various seabirds from the ship itself. In certain regions like Kaikoura, whale-watching tours can be arranged. On land, you may encounter unique bird species like the Kiwi, Tui, and Kea. In Fiordland National Park, keep an eye out for the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Always remember to respect the wildlife and keep a safe distance.

Do I need a visa to cruise to New Zealand?

Visa requirements for New Zealand depend on your nationality. Many visitors can enter New Zealand visa-free for up to 90 days under the Visa Waiver Program, however, they must obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before travelling. Always check the current visa requirements with your local New Zealand embassy or consulate before planning your cruise.

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New Zealand is a culturally diverse country with a deep respect for its Maori heritage. When visiting a ‘marae’ or any other Maori cultural site, it’s important to follow the customs such as not eating or drinking in sacred areas. Respect for the environment is also a significant part of Kiwi culture. Always adhere to the ‘leave no trace’ principle when exploring natural sites. Kiwis are known for their friendliness and informal approach, but politeness and respect for personal space are valued. Also, tipping is not mandatory in New Zealand, but it’s appreciated for excellent service.

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