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Cruises to New Zealand Departing from Sydney, Brisbane & More

Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Home to sweeping vistas of breath-taking natural beauty and the land of Middle Earth, cruises to New Zealand is essential for any traveller. A short distance away from Australia, New Zealand cruises allow you to easily get close to the natural splendour of the country from perspectives unreachable by land. Here at Cruise Guru, we highly recommend setting your next cruise to New Zealand.

If you are looking for New Zealand cruises, Cruise Guru has an extensive selection of year-round cruises to choose from, brought to you by the leading cruise line companies around the world. Finding the perfect cruise to New Zealand is made simple when you use our convenient search function on our website.

If you are having trouble finding your dream cruise, our team of travel experts are standing by to assist you in any way that we can. Browse our selection of quality cruises to New Zealand from Sydney, New Zealand cruises from Brisbane, and any of the major cities in Australia. Book yourself a relaxing voyage for you and your family today!

Find the Perfect New Zealand Cruise Deals Easily

At Cruise Guru, we aim to make the process of finding and booking your dream cruise to New Zealand a simple one, and you can search using many different criteria. You can also search based on the cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, and Holland America Line to name but a few. For those with price in mind, you can also search by the overall price, or look at the daily rate. You can also search our cruise deals to New Zealand by selecting from the cabin and suite availabilities on the ship.

Cruise Lines that visit New Zealand

Looking cruise to New Zealand but are unsure who to go with? Check out the extensive list below!

New Zealand Cruise Deals for Everyone Departing from Sydney, Brisbane & Many More

One thing that you will notice when you browse the cruises to New Zealand from Cruise Guru is the sheer amount of choice that is available. Whether you are looking for a short 5-night cruise or a more extended 21-night cruise, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets at Cruise Guru. You can choose a trip that takes in the North Island, the South Island, or both main islands, and take in some of the majestic scenery that you find in places such as the beautiful Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. You will find a selection of starting points including cruise deals from Sydney to New Zealand, as well as cruises from Brisbane to New Zealand, and you can also set sail from Adelaide and Melbourne. You have plenty of choices for starting location for your fantastic cruise holiday around New Zealand, and we are confident that you will find the perfect cruise for you at Cruise Guru that will leave you with memories that will last for a lifetime as you cruise the South Pacific.

The NZ Cruising Difference with Cruise Guru

Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand

When you book New Zealand cruises from Brisbane or anywhere else in Australia with Cruise Guru, you can rest easy knowing that you are dealing with a leading industry expert. We are passionate about NZ cruising, and we have been providing luxurious holidays and cruises for over 35 years. You can book your cruise around New Zealand 24/7 through our website, where you will receive instant confirmation of your booking. We are a 100% owned Australian company, and all our operatives are based in Australia, with multiple channels such as call, email, and webchat all available.

Our relationships with the leading cruise lines allow us to offer the lowest prices for our cruises, we do not charge you a booking fee, and our Price Protection Guarantee will also give you added peace of mind. We can also help you to spread the cost of your NZ cruises when you use our Cruise Payment Plan, which allows you to split the cost of your booking into four more manageable payment instalments. With over 21,000 cruise experiences available to choose from at any time, there will always be a cruise for you at Cruise Guru, so get on contact with us today and book your dream New Zealand cruise today.

Contact the Cruise New Zealand Experts Today

If you have any questions about any of the New Zealand cruises available at Cruise Guru, we have a team of cruise experts standing by to help find the perfect itinerary for you. We recommend checking our FAQ page first, but you can also request a call-back, where one of our advisors will be happy to assist you with any enquiry. Alternatively, you can use our online contact form, and we will get back to you promptly.

You can also keep up to date on all the latest happenings at Cruise Guru, including promotions, special offers, and competitions, by following us on Facebook or Instagram. If you are looking at New Zealand cruises for your next holiday and want excellent customer service, as well as the lowest prices on a range of cruises, look no further than Cruise Guru and let us help you book your dream cruise to New Zealand today!

New Zealand Ports

The country consists of two main islands, North Island and South Island, and several smaller isles. New Zealand cruises are the most cost effective and easiest way for you to experience the major sights on both.

North Island

North Island is home to two of the country’s largest cities: Auckland on the northwest coast and Wellington in the south. The beautiful Bay of Islands in the northeast is generally toured on New Zealand cruises and all across the island you’ll be astounded by scenes as diverse as farmland and forest to volcanoes and beaches.

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland: “The City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is therefore an obvious choice for cruise embarkation/debarkation. The harbourside metropolis is packed with newer modern-day architecture, art galleries and the Auckland Museum, boutiques and restaurants. It’s fun to visit the observation deck of the Sky Tower. You’ll have a 360-degree view of the city as you stand on clear glass panels high above street level. The brave (or crazy) can even bungee-jump from the Sky Deck. (You can also bungee jump from the Auckland Harbour Bridge, if the Sky Deck seems too imposing.) If you’re looking to discover something more connected to nature, some cruise ships offer a shore excursion to a farm on the Kaipara Peninsula, where you can see sheep dogs in action, sheep getting sheared, and make the acquaintance of a colony of gannets (seabirds).

View cruises from Auckland.

Tauranga: Captain Cook arrived in Tauranga in 1769 and named it the Bay of Plenty. You can see why as you explore the beaches of Omokoroa and Pahoia, where big-game fishing takes place offshore. Tauranga—at the foot of Mt. Maunganui—is a steppingstone to the geothermal region known as Rotorua, which is culturally important to the Maori people. You can explore geysers, mud pools, and mineral terraces here. If you visit Rotorua, check out Waimangu Volcanic Valley and cruise along Lake Rotomahana on your way to Rainbow Springs. Even though it’s a 90-minute drive from port, Rotorua is the area’s main sight to see. Don’t miss it!

Wellington: The nation’s capital is affectionately called “The Windy City” and The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed nearby. There’s even an excursion to explore the film locations. Most first-time visitors spend the day walking the waterfront, visiting “Te Papa” (New Zealand’s National Museum) or Wellington Botanic Gardens, and reaching the summit of Mount Victoria to get the “money shot” of the city below. You can also go a bit further afield to wine country in the Tararua Mountains. For an active—and sometimes muddy—adventure, try quad biking. You’ll drive 45 minutes by bus to the trailhead, where you’ll get some instruction before heading out to drive through a forest, sloping hills, and craggy shoreline. You’ll even get a view of the snow-capped Kaikoura Mountains in the north.

South Island

South Island is a little bit more rugged and rustic than its northern neighbour and it’s home to famed Fiordland and the Southern Alps. Let’s first talk about Fiordland National Park on the western coast and then we’ll tell you about some of the other ports of call to expect on the island.

Fiordland National Park: The wild and remote park is home to three of the world’s most beautiful scenic cruising inlets: Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Milford Sound. Throughout the park you’ll find incredible mountain ranges with an abundance of waterfalls, lush rainforest, crystalline lakes and, sparkling clean rivers. The park is home to numerous rare birds, including a flightless parrot called the kakapo. New Zealand’s native kiwi also makes its home here.

Upon seeing the stunningly beautiful Milford Sound for the first time, the Maori people developed the myth that a “titanic mason” carved this mighty fiord over the ages. Today, Milford Sounds is perhaps the best-known focal point of Fiordland. Sheer rock faces reaching 1,200 metres into the sky line the 15 kilometres of the waterway that runs from the Tasman Sea inland to Dale Point. While there are many picturesque mountain peaks supporting a lush rainforest habitat, The Elephant at 1,517 metres and The Lion at 1,302 metres are the most awe-inspiring. It rains a lot in Milford Sound—it’s known as the wettest destination in New Zealand—and the rain brings with it hundreds of glorious waterfalls. However, there are two waterfalls—Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls—that can be seen year-round. Keep your binoculars around your neck because this is a fantastic area for birding and watch the water for dolphins, seals, and penguins.

Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

The deepest of the fiords in Fiordland—it measures 421 metres deep—Doubtful Sound winds along with three “arms.” The steep mountains that hug the fiord are punctuated with hundreds of waterfalls and that’s why many travellers refer to Doubtful as “The Sound of Silence.” When the sound of cascading water isn’t mesmerizing you, keep your eyes peeled for fur seals sunning themselves on the shore or bottlenose dolphin that are so curious they often follow your ship through the fiord. If you’re interested in penguins, Doubtful Sound is home to two species: Fiordland crested and blue penguins.

While all of Fiordland is remote, Dusky Sound is perhaps the most out of the way region of the national park that you’ll visit for scenic cruising. There is no road access so throughout your journey you are likely to only see the rare birds and marine life that live here. Dusky Sound is also one of the largest sounds, measuring 40 kilometres long and 8 kilometres across at its widest point. Resolution Island and Anchor Island lie at the mouth of the sound and you may also cruise past Long Island and Cooper Island. Those are the major islands but there are actually 350 small islets that comprise the sound. You’ll follow in the footsteps of Captain James Cook who spent five intense weeks exploring the coastline; the sights you’ll see won’t be all that different from his time here. When you pass Seal Rock, the sheer number of sunbathing seals will amaze you. Bird watching is also a popular pastime here.

Akaroa (Christchurch): In 2010 and 2011, earthquakes devastated Christchurch and the Lyttleton port on the eastern shore of South Island. While it’s building its way back up, most ships now call on nearby Akaroa as a gateway to Christchurch. This is an incredibly beautiful destination that’s located smack dab in the middle of a now-dormant volcano. Akaroa is interesting in and of itself due to its French heritage, beautiful beaches, colony of Little Penguins that live on Flea Bay, and pods of Hector dolphins. Excursions are available to swim with the dolphins, the world’s smallest, in Akaroa Harbour. If you head to Christchurch, you can explore Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Botanic Gardens, or simply shop and dine to your hearts content.

Dunedin (Port Chalmers): Dunedin is called the “Edinburgh of the South” by locals, many of whom have Scottish bloodlines. (You’ll find a whiskey distillery—the only one in New Zealand—in town.) The enclave itself is situated on the hill above the harbour and is so picturesque. This was the home of the gold rush in the 1860s and a place where original Victorian and Edwardian architecture can still be seen today. Don’t miss Olveston House, a 35-room Edwardian mansion, or Larnach Castle. It’s super easy to navigate Dunedin since it was a planned city: all streets radiate out from the octagon at the centre of the city.