Coastal Voyages in New Zealand

Don’t think you have to head to Alaska, or the Norwegian Fjords for one of the world’s most spectacular coastal voyages. You can actually do that right here, in your own New Zealand backyard!

Every Summer we are treated to a flotilla of International ships that cruise around New Zealand and take in the absolute best of our Kiwi coastal scenery. Cruising direct from Auckland on full coastal classic voyages or New Zealand round trip mini breaks, make the perfect StayCation!

Today we take a look at the best of the New Zealand and see what you can expect when cruising Aotearoa. You don’t have to worry about long flights and airport hassles to start your holiday and staying in New Zealand waters means you are always close to home.

New Zealand Mini Breaks:
This summer you have a choice of shorter mini break cruises that are the perfect choice for some “time out”. Unlike hotel stays, these come loaded with your accommodation, great food and world class entertainment.
When you compare the all up cost vs a weekend stay in hotel, Mini Cruise breaks are fantastic value getaways.

Let’s take a look at how you can get a taste of New Zealand this summer on a Kiwi Mini Break;

Marlborough Sounds Mini breaks are the perfect getaway for Wine Lovers with a full day in Picton to take an optional trip to the Blenheim Wineries. PLUS you get the bonus of cruising down the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. This summer there are a choice of dates P&O Pacific Explorer offers a 4 night Marlborough Sounds break departing 12 Apr 2021 Sister brand Princess Cruises offer a 4 night Marlborough Wine Country break, 26 Feb 2021 on Regal Princess.

Gatsby Party – Art Deco Cruise


The most popular Mini break by far is a weekend to the annual Napier Art Deco Festival. P&O Pacific Explorer offers a 4 night Art Deco Weekend getaway, 19 Feb 2021 which includes the full day on the Saturday to attend the Art Deco festival. Be Sure to line up for the classic car parade and make sure you take your Art Deco gear as the whole town dresses up for the event.

We know we have the coolest little capital and this Wellington Weekend mini break is sure to please. P&O Pacific Explorer, 4 Night Wellington getaway, 15 Mar 2021. Includes a full day in Wellington. Plenty of time to check out Te Papa, Weta Workshops, the fashion shops or just park yourself up and enjoy some of the best coffee culture in New Zealand.

Fiordland National Park

When it comes to exploring New Zealand the South Island really does take the prize for some of our most spectacular coastal scenery. There aren’t many Kiwis who would turn down the chance to visit spectacular Fiordland National Park. Most cruises will try and include Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, all subject to weather, but so worth it. Pack a raincoat no matter the season, as it is one of the wettest places on earth, which just makes the waterfalls that much more spectacular.

If you have limited time then check out the P&O Kiwi Explorer. This cruise departs Auckland 22 March 2021 and offers an 8 night round trip voyage. Not only do you get Fiordland National Park, you also get Stewart Island, the picturesque stop of Akaroa, you also get the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, all on a very reasonably priced week away.
Make sure you book a Balcony on this one, they always sell out first and are perfect for this scenic coastal itinerary.

For those looking for a more in-depth look at New Zealand, then check out the one way voyages on Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Eclipse. New Zealand Coastal voyages operate over the summer between Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney, with a choice of 10 -12 night itineraries.
Cruise one way and fly the other. You can find a full list of the Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Eclipse summer sailings here

If you want to take the kids on a Kiwi Adventure but are worried about them getting bored, then check out the cruise direct from Auckland on Norwegian Jewel. This ship comes loaded with amazing entertainment, a huge range of food options and some of the best kids clubs at sea, to keep the young ones entertained. The itineraries are all one way Auckland to Australia with a fantastic selection of the most popular Kiwi stops. There are a selection of dates over summer. 03 Jan 2021, 10 nights, 24 Jan 2021, 10 nights, and 15 Feb 2021, 12 nights

International Ships offering New Zealand cruises from Auckland this summer include:

*** P&O Australia – Pacific Explorer
**** Celebrity Cruises – Celebrity Solstice & Celebrity Eclipse
***** Azamara – Azamara Pursuit
**** Princess – Regal Princess, Majestic Princess, Pacific Princess, Sea Princess
***** Crystal – Crystal Endeavour Luxury Expedition yacht
***** Cunard – Queen Elizabeth & Queen Victoria
*** Cruise and Maritime Voyages – Vasco da Gama & Columbus
**** Holland America – Oosterdam
**** Norwegian Cruise Lines – Norwegian Jewel
***** Oceania – Regatta
***** Regent Seven Seas – Seven Seas Explorer & Seven Seas Mariner
***** Seabourn- Seabourn Encore
***** Ponant – Le Bellot Expedition cruise
***** Silversea – Silver Muse, Silver Whisper & Silver Explorer
**** Coral Expeditions – Coral Discoverer Expedition cruise
**** P&O UK – Arcadia
***** Viking – Viking Orion

Check out our Kiwi Staycations Blog including NZ expedition cruises
Check out our Solo Traveller Blog for Luxury deals on Regent Seven Seas

For a full selection of Cruises from Auckland click here

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