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New Zealand cruises are a great way to explore the incomparable natural beauty that this diverse island country is home to. You'll witness any number of wonders from soaring mountains and lush forests to beautiful sandy bays and stunning fjords.
Separated by the Cook Strait, the North and South Islands are the country's main land masses and boast some truly memorable destinations which showcase the islands' traditional Maori and colonial European heritages.
Sitting high on the North Island, Auckland is a key port of call for cruisers. The city's iconic Harbour Bridge and the surrounding harbour are great places to visit, while an unparalleled view of the city can be enjoyed from the soaring Sky Tower, which is the tallest structure in the Southern hemisphere. If you're feeling even more adventurous, you can take a SkyWalk around the exterior of this awesome building. The city's excellent museums offer a fascinating cultural experience, while Waiheke Island is a picturesque escape of forests, farmlands, and beaches.
Lying on the southern coast of North Island, Wellington is the country's vibrant capital, a compact city which is easy to explore. It city boasts a number of cultural attractions such as Old St Paul's Cathedral and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea.
The Wellington Cable Car is a city landmark in itself and a great way to reach the Botanic Gardens, a beautiful escape which boasts protected native forests and fantastic floral collections.
Tauranga is the main city in the North Island's beautiful Bay of Plenty and enjoys a rich Maori heritage, which can be explored with a visit to the Tamaki Maori Village – it’s you'll have the chance to experience authentic Maori culture in a thrilling setting.
Tauranga is also your port of call if you want to witness one of New Zealand's most-visited tourist attractions - Rotorua's Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland – a breathtaking blend of volcanoes, thermal pools and spectacular wildlife.
Christchurch is the South Island's largest city and is home to beautiful botanic gardens, the Court Theatre and the fascinating Air Force Museum, as well as some truly astounding scenery outside the city itself, most notably Lake Pukaki, an epic body of water overlooked by the majestic Mount Cook.
The ambience is decidedly Scottish in Dunedin, and indeed, this city on the Southern Island takes its moniker from the Gaelic name for Edinburgh and was constructed to capture its ambience. The city's railway station is an architectural delight and distinctly European, while Larnach Castle and Gardens is the home of the only castle in New Zealand. Built in 1871, it was a labour of love and has long played a significant role in the city's history.
A number of New Zealand cruises also visit a number of the country's beautiful Fjords, the most well-known of which is Milford Sound, named after Milford Haven in Wales and dubbed the eighth wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling. Other popular fjords are Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, one of the largest fjords on the island's south coast.
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