New Zealand consists of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, and numerous smaller ones in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,800 kilometers southeast of Australia. The country is notable for its geographic isolation and has developed a distinctive fauna dominated by birds, a number of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and the mammals they introduced. New Zealand has a stunning and diverse natural beauty and offers a huge variety of tourist attractions and sightseeing experiences.
Cruises that originate in New Zealand usually depart from Auckland on the North Island and generally terminate in Sydney, Australia. However, more commonly cruises originate in Sydney and end in Auckland, or may cruise around the islands of New Zealand and head back to Australia.
Despite all of these possibilities the ports of call in New Zealand are more or less the same. Cruises will usually include the stunning scenery of Fjordland National Park at Milford Sound, the most famous and accessible of the glacier carved fjords in the Fjordland, and cruise ships will typically stop at Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington - New Zealand's capital city, the architectural germs of Napier and Tauranga, as well as the Bay of Islands.
A New Zealand cruise that covers all of these ports of call will give the visitor a very good overall appreciation for the country and its treasures. New Zealand's coastal scenery is stunning with everything from mountains, fjords, and beaches in the south to rolling green pastures, grazing sheep, and the rugged capes in the north. Sailing around the islands is probably the best way to see the country.
New Zealand cruises are generally 12 night's ventures. For the most part New Zealand is a year round cruise destination, but cruise deals can sometimes be found in the off season, which are the cooler months of November to February.