Cruises are synonymous with the Caribbean, but there’s a lot more to cruising than simply visiting sunny islands and relaxing on the beach. Cruises can be enjoyed all over the world, visiting dozens of different countries and offering a huge myriad of experiences for travelers of all ages, styles, and dispositions. One cruise destination that has seen a big surge in popularity recently is New Zealand.


Famously featured as a filming location for mega movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand’s beautiful landscapes and rich scenery have really been put under the spotlight in recent years, helping more people to see and understand what a truly awe-inspiring place this is. And one of the best ways to visit New Zealand is to take a cruise, with leading lines like Celebrity and Norwegian offering several routes this island country. Read on to learn about a few of the best New Zealand cruises.

- Celebrity Cruises - 12 Night New Zealand - Celebrity Solstice

For an unbeatable, unforgettable New Zealand cruise experience, you might be very interested in checking out the '12 Night New Zealand' cruise from Celebrity Cruises. Making seven stops over the course of its nearly two-week journey, this amazing cruise takes you all around the coastline of New Zealand for a full experience of this amazing country and some wonderful views of its various fantastic landscapes.

For this cruise, you'll be traveling on the inimitable Celebrity Solstice. The lead ship of the Solstice-class, the Celebrity Solstice has been consistently ranked as one of the best large cruise ships on the planet. It measures up at over 1,040 feet and can cater to around 2,850 guests in total. A groundbreaking ship, the Solstice was the first cruise ship to feature an at-sea Lawn Club and to feature an all-female team of room designers. It also offers multiple restaurants, bars, a Canyon Ranch Spa, an exercise area with expert fitness trainers, and so much more.

This cruise actually departs from Auckland, New Zealand and makes several stops as it sets off around the coastline. Days 2 and 3 will see you stop at Paihia and Tauranga for some more breathtaking panoramic views and rich cultural experiences, before you cruise further along the coastline for a stop off at the nation's capital city of Wellington. Next, you'll visit Akaroa and Dunedin, as well as traveling along the trio of iconic sounds: the Dusky, Doubtful, and Milford Sounds. From there, your journey will head over to Australia, calling first at Hobart, Tasmania, before heading around to the iconic city of Sydney.

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- Norwegian Cruise Line - 12 Night Australia & New Zealand from Sydney - Norwegian Jewel

Another amazing cruise you might be interested in taking around New Zealand is the ‘12 Night Australia & New Zealand from Sydney’ cruise from Norwegian Cruise Line. This cruise takes in key locations and sites all around both New Zealand and Australia, offering a full exploration of Oceania. What’s more, it’s also quite an affordable cruise if you can book well in advance and get good deals via price comparison sites, with interior staterooms available for under $125 on certain dates.

The '12 Night Australia & New Zealand from Sydney' cruise will welcome you on board the beautiful Norwegian Jewel. Fitted out with everything you could ever hope to find on a top class cruise ship, the Norwegian Jewel has lots of different restaurants and eateries, with a good range of simple, casual fare and more refined, speciality dining establishments. This ship also features lots of different activities for people of all ages to enjoy each day and night like live shows, video games, sport courts, fitness machines, and more.

This highly rated New Zealand cruise sets off from Sydney, Australia and does a little tour around Australia, stopping at Eden and the wonderful city of Melbourne, as well as heading over to Tasmania for a stop off at Burnie before visiting New Zealand. There, you’ll be able to admire the awe-inspiring views as you cruise along the Dusky Sound and Milford Sound before heading around to stop off at key locations like Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Napier, and Tauranga. The final stop on your cruise will be the big city of Auckland, where you can visit the Sky Tower, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Mission Bay Beach, and more.

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- Celebrity Cruises - 17 Night Australia & New Zealand - Celebrity Solstice

Taking a cruise to New Zealand from the United States is possible, and this '17 Night Australia & New Zealand' cruise from Celebrity Cruises is one of the top options available. This cruise actually sets off from Honolulu and travels south across the Pacific Ocean, stopping off at a couple of tropical island paradise destinations along the way before heading around to New Zealand and Australia. It's an amazing way to explore New Zealand and the surrounding Oceania region, and you'll really feel like an adventurer as your ship charts the magnificent Pacific Ocean on this two and a half week journey.

This cruise takes place on board the Celebrity Solstice. An award winning ship that has received a lot of acclaim and plaudits over the years, the Solstice is a leading vessel and has been beautifully designed from top to bottom. The rooms are especially attractive on this ship, neatly designed, decorated, and laid-out by a team of experts to provide maximum comfort and relaxation to every guest. The ship itself is also fitted out with dozens of different features to keep you entertained and amused from restaurants to bars, lounges, swimming pools, games, sports, activities, shows, and more.

After leaving Honolulu, this cruise makes a stop off at Maui on its second day to let you see a little more of the beautiful Hawaiian islands before setting off for five days of solid cruising across the Pacific Ocean. On Day 8, you'll arrive at the wonderful tropical island of Bora Bora, and you'll spend Day 9 exploring the fantasy island location of Tahiti. Then it's time for a few more days of cruising before the ship arrives at New Zealand, stopping off at the two key locations of Auckland and Paihia before heading off towards Australia and ending its journey in Sydney.

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