With so many things to see and do, a cruise which visits Australia or New Zealand offers an enormous choice when it comes to selecting ports of call, landscapes and culture to be experienced. Australia and New Zealand gives you the opportunity to explore stunning coastlines, with sights ranging from cosmopolitan cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland to the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the outback.
Australia and New Zealand, are some of the of the most dreamt-about cruise destinations in the world. Modern Australia, famous for its reefs and rainforests, stunning beaches and unique wildlife. Defined by its port cities and the feeling of cruising into Sydney’s famous harbour, with its coat-hanger bridge and unmistakable Opera House, memories of which will stay with you forever.
Sydney is Australia’s largest city and its iconic harbour bridge and opera house are symbols of the nation. For fly-cruise passengers, Sydney is the starting point for your Australian adventure, the ideal place to start or finish your cruise with a cruise and stay holiday. After all, having come this far it makes sense to spend time exploring the outback and perhaps even take the time to visit Ayers rock.
Darwin is famed for its man-eating crocodiles, while Kimberley in the west is Australia’s last true wilderness, only accessible on smaller cruise ships.
A few days cruise away, in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago, is the island of Bali, a tropical paradise with a fascinating local culture.
Australia also provides a starting point for cruises in the extraordinary Southern Ocean.
New Zealand itself is a small but very diverse nation, used as a location for Middle Earth in the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. New Zealand is also the home to the formidable All Blacks rugby team and base for the successful Americas Cup team.
The “Sounds” on the South Island are a popular destination visited by cruise ships. The rugged Milford Sound, named by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘8th wonder of the world’ is a large fjord, with high waterfalls descending into it from the surrounding mountains.