A cruise around Australia, New Zealand and the Polynesian Islands is a popular bucket list must. With so many bustling port cities, beautiful beaches and iconic landmarks to experience, a cruise is probably the best way to explore Australasia.
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Sydney is of course one of the most popular ports for cruises in Australasia, as ships can sail right into the famous harbour, with views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge offering a truly special sailing moment. Visitors can also visit Bondi Beach and soak up the rays on one of the world’s most prominent sands. Further up the coast, Brisbane is a stunning, vibrant city with ultra-modern skyscrapers and expansive botanical gardens. Just outside the city is Lone Pine, the largest koala sanctuary in the world. Gold Coast is also extremely popular with visitors to the Queensland region. Further north is Cairns, from which many visitors opt for an excursion out to the Great Barrier Reef. This incredible natural wonder draws visitors from all over the world, with many snorkelling and scuba-diving opportunities allowing you to see a number of exciting species that are unique to the region. Moving down to the south coast, Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and it is often considered to be the country’s cultural capital. A wealth of museums and botanic gardens await travellers along with a huge open-air market that offers plenty of souvenirs and a wide selection of local produce.
The capital city of Wellington is built over a number of hills and boasts a vibrant culture, including many museums. A cable car provides a novel way of getting round, but if you want to head outside of the city centre you’ll be able to partake in a Lord of the Rings tour, showcasing some of the locations that were used in the filming of the famous movie trilogy. The other major city in New Zealand for Australasia cruises is Auckland, home to a plethora of unique and interesting attractions including the Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere and the quaint harbour, which is a joy to explore. Nearby Waiheke Island offers both beaches and vineyards, while there are also a number of charming smaller villages located nearby. There are many smaller ports in New Zealand where your cruise may call, with a wonderful mix of cultures and worldwide influences. Often it is these smaller ports where you’ll get closer to the true magnificence of the New Zealand countryside, with mountains, rivers and huge rolling hills providing ample opportunity for sightseeing and discovering the indigenous flora and fauna.
Australia and New Zealand’s surrounding islands are some of the most fascinating destinations on Earth, and offer a real sense of adventure for any traveller. The French Polynesia is comprised of more than 100 islands in the South Pacific. One of the most popular ports within this mesmerising archipelago is the pristine island of Bora Bora, offering an abundance of amazing sights, such as ancient volcanoes, a gorgeous lagoon, idyllic villages and unspoiled natural landscapes. The sand is gleaming white and the turquoise sea is brimming with turtles, sharks and tropical fish. Tahiti, also within the French Polynesia, boasts lush valleys, towering mountain peaks, various crashing waterfalls and a vibrant city, Papeete. You´ll discover such natural wonders as the Faarumai Waterfalls and Vaipahi garden. Within the Oceania region you´ll find such ports of call as Tonga, surrounded by limestone cliffs and beautiful lagoons, and it is known for its beach resorts. Vanuatu, a nation formed across roughly 80 islands, is a popular destination for scuba diving thanks to its colourful reefs and underwater caverns. Sitting within the Indian Ocean, you may also have the privilege to visit Christmas Island, covered by a 135-sq-km national park brimming with wildlife, including the island´s famous red crab. Ambitious travellers will adore a hike through the rainforests.
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