Cruise to New Zealand and Beat the Traffic
It’s said you can drive around New Zealand in a fast car for eight or nine days and still see no more of the country’s main centres and key tourist attractions than a cruise New Port Residences Price ship passenger would.
Even then you’d have to drive pretty well all night, every night.
It’s because the itineraries of cruises to New Zealand from Sydney or Melbourne incorporate visits to more cities and other places of interest than cruises to just about any other single destination in the world.
In a little over a week, or just half of the total cruise, your ship will take you to eight major cities and scenic attractions at a rate of one new location every day.
Even the world’s most popular ocean cruising destinations, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, can’t top that.
A week-long Mediterranean sailing will usually feature five or six ports. Even fewer with Caribbean sailings of similar duration.
Only voyages along the coast of Norway, where passenger vessels deliver mail and supplies to 30-odd towns and settlements over a distance of some 1900km, offer a greater line-up of ports.
Whether by design or accident, New Zealand cruise ports and scenic attractions are spaced almost evenly along some 1200km of mostly eastern coastline, enabling them to be linked comfortably by overnight sailings.
Between the nation’s No.1 natural wonder, Milford Sound near the bottom of the South Island, and the spectacularly scenic Bay of Islands at the top of the North, ships carrying 2000 or more tourists weave their way along the western edge of the South Pacific in a steady stream from October to March.
Pretty well all itineraries include calls at Dunedin (a city making much of its Scottish heritage), Christchurch (said to be the most English city outside England), Wellington (where brightly-painted timber house cling to hillsides steeper than San Francisco’s), Napier (which recovered from a devastating 1931 earthquake to become a world-famous art-deco city), Tauranga (gateway to the geyers and boiling mudpools of Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture) and Auckland (the na