Australia & New Zealand
At some time in our lives we’d all love to explore the contrast of the Australian Coast, snorkel the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy the magnificent scenery of New Zealand.
Australia is the world’s smallest continent and largest island. It is like nowhere else in the world. It’s young, adventurous, stylish and friendly. It has unique animals, a fantastic climate and offers a wide and contrasting range of cruise experiences.
It is here, in Australia and New Zealand, that natural beauty abounds. Fascinating people inhabit peaceful islands and charming cities. A cruise from Australia to New Zealand can fulfil almost every exotic adventure that a serious traveller could dream of. The beauty of many of these itineraries is that you can see as much as you like in one cruise.
An Australia/New Zealand cruise can take you to many ports, depending upon your ship and sailing date. Some of the Australian and New Zealand cruises are now part of world cruise itineraries and can include fly/cruise options.
The range of cruises available means travellers are spoilt for choice, we have picked out a few of our favourites below.
French Polynesia has something for everyone. Two major cruise ships based there year round, as well as a Freighter cruise operator and a small crewed yacht. Cruises operate from Tahiti or Bora Bora, and cover the Society Islands and the Marquesas. The islands have a rich history, culture and rugged beauty.
New Zealand is normally visited from Australia. A year round series of cruises to this destination keeps ships busy from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The Australia/New Zealand cruises are often operated by visiting ships to the South Pacific and run from November to March as they cruise around the south of New Zealand’s South Island.
Trans Pacific and World cruises give a choice of longer ocean crossings. They cross the International Date Line so east bound cruises gain a day and west bound cruises lose a day in their itineraries.
Major cruise lines offer itineraries along the Australian coast and often include the Islands of Noumea and Vanuatu from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Specialty cruises, generally in small ships with passenger numbers ranging from 10 to 100 allow passengers to explore Australia’s diverse coastline. These cruise destinations include the Barrier Reef, the largest living organism on the planet, which is a wonder of Coral, Birdlife & Sea life. And Australia’s Top End (northern Australia) with cruises operating from Darwin to Broome; and around Tasmania.
Local cruises operate year round from Australia. The Australia/New Zealand cruises sail between October and March. While larger ships and Barrier Reef cruises are available year round, the Speciality cruises are seasonal. Tasmanian cruises operate in the Southern summer (November to March), while Top End cruises operate in the winter months (April to October).
Cruises from Australia depart from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Auckland is the main port for New Zealand. Specialty cruises tend to run from smaller ports such as Darwin, Wyndham and Broome.
New Zealand cruises operate in its summer so days are pleasant. However it is cooler round the bottom of the South Island, so warm clothes and rain gear are useful.
Australia’s seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. Christmas is in mid-summer, and the coldest months are July and August. However Australia spans from the tropics (were winter is very pleasant and summer is hot and humid), to Tasmania which has a high temperate summer and cold winters.
Photo Credit: John Simos