Cruising in New Zealand
New Zealand consists of over 15,000kms of coastline and to explore such a long extensive coastline, there's no other way than cruising. So this article is all about 'new zealand cruises' where you will get to understand the ports, destinations for cruising and so on.
New zealand cruises are much popular even before than any other country because waterways was the only route available to reach New zealand. Even in the past when the first settlers came in, they came by boat. And now, at present, new zealand cruises has reached an another level in terms of tourism, luxury and pleasure.
New Zealand has got a long extensive coastline which makes cruising between the destinations short or rather overnight. The distance is less but there is no compromise in the beauty of its landscapes. If you're after exploring beaches, visiting national parks for wildlife or learning about the art & craft made by Maori people, New Zealand has it for you. Tourists takes experiences and memories away post their trip.
Now focusing more on cruise destinations, each and every destination has something to offer. And these destinations are untouched, unexploited and unique in terms of everything. Below is the map of the cruise destinations.
Following are the cruise destinations
Christchurch & Akaroa Christchurch & Akaroa is situated on the borders of the Pacific Ocean at the palms of Canterbury Hills. Though Christchurch faced a massive earthquake in 2010 and 2011 but despite the destruction, it has re-invented the spirit of tourism. The city now is filled with world-class cafes and restaurants, wineries, galleries of art & craft to museums of sculptures and paintings etc. Akaroa is the place where cruise ships anchor. It is a small village with French style buildings, stalls and markets and its approx. 90mins drive away from Christchurch.
Shore Excursion Activities in Christchurch & Akaroa
Dunedin & Port Chalmers Dunedin is considered to be the architectural capital of New Zealand. Why? Because of the historic architectural monuments and buildings that it represents. Victorian and Edwardian are some of the buildings that stands as a symbol to present rich heritage of Dunedin. Dunedin's Otago Peninsula is also renowned for some world-class cafes & restaurants. So if you're a foodie, then this place is definitely a must visit one. About Port Chalmers, it is a very tiny village/town well-known for art & crafts, design boutiques and a mix collection of some unique galleries.
Shore Excursion Activities at Dunedin & Port Chalmers
Gisborne Gisborne is an ideal city for tourists in Eastland that perfectly describes the history & culture of Maori people. It is located on the North Island where the first canoes of Polynesian's were landed. It is the place where the groups of Maori and European settlers came together. The highlight of this city is that it is the first place in the world to see the rising of the sun each and every day. Gisborne is also well-known for spectacular surfing beaches and food & wineries.
Kaikoura If you're more into eco-tourism, then Kaikoura is a perfect place for you. Situated at the foothills of South Island, Kaikoura is blessed with gardens & marine wonderland. You can find so many species of animals here ranging from dolphins to seals and whales. It is one of New Zealand's best eco-tourism destination and a must visit one.
Shore Excursion Activities at Kaikoura