Australia / New Zealand Cruises

2 - 136 nights starting from $179 per person
Australia / New Zealand Cruises

Australia encompasses vast areas of untamed country known as The Outback, the vast Great Barrier Reef, and an incredible array of wildlife found nowhere else on earth.

Australia / New Zealand Cruises

Tourists from North America find that they feel wonderfully at home on a cruise to Australia and New Zealand, even though these countries are literally on the other side of the world. Photos of the most popular sights in both countries are so ubiquitous as to become as familiar as the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower. In addition, similarities in language and national character allay the uniquely dramatic landscapes, wildlife and aboriginal cultures found only in these ancient island nations.

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Because of the distance and travel time required to fly to Australia & New Zealand, it's typical to find experienced travelers and cruisers. But those who are not well traveled should not be deterred; all you need is some good advice and advance planning to help you get the most out of your vacation.

A continent as well as a nation, Australia encompasses vast areas of untamed country known as The Outback, the vast Great Barrier Reef teeming with marine life and an incredible array of wildlife found no where else on earth including kangaroos, koala bears, wombats and platypus. But there is a modern metropolitan side of Australia to be discovered in its great cities like Sydney.

New Zealand comprises two main islands known simply as South Island and North Island. Tiny compared to its neighbor, New Zealand boasts a variety of natural wonders and extreme recreational opportunities to rival any place in the world. The North Island features the bustling metropolis and world yacht racing capital of Auckland, exotic black sand beaches and lush green hills. The South Island's mountainous terrain and the glaciers of Fjordland National Park have earned it the title of "Switzerland of the South Pacific."

What can I do on an Australia & New Zealand cruise?

Part of the appeal of cruising to Australian and New Zealand is the incredible variety of activities available to truly experience the excitement of these destinations. Options range from civilized to radical. Walk among Victorian buildings, tour a world-class winery or enjoy teatime at a country estate. Or perhaps you'd rather raft white water, bungee jump and jet boat all in the same afternoon. Play golf and try your hand at America's Cup yachting, or instead, go flight seeing, mountain biking or horseback riding.

Whichever level of activity you choose, be sure to take advantage of every opportunity to experience the indigenous Maori culture while in New Zealand. The Australian aboriginal people typically live in remote areas of the country that require overnight stays either before or after the cruise. Wildlife parks abound in both countries where you are sure to be truly amazed to finally see these unbelievable creatures for yourself.

One of the best ways to see city sights and the surrounding scenery is by a private car tour. Common in Australia and New Zealand, it's an affordable and flexible way to schedule your time the way you would like. And no trip to Sydney is truly complete without a harbor cruise.

Where does an Australia & New Zealand cruise go?

Because they are island nations, Australia & New Zealand are best visited via cruise ship. Australia's most popular ports of call are on its east coast, and both The Outback and The Great Barrier Reed are easily accessible from this side of the country. On one 10- to 14-Night itinerary you can visit most of the following:

  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands
  • Christchurch
  • Dunedin
  • Tauranga
  • Wellington
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Hobart
  • Cairns

Most cruises in Australia and New Zealand operate one-way between Auckland and Sydney, or the reverse. This makes it easy to spend important extra time on land before and after the cruise to get the most out of your vacation. For example, visitors wishing to see Ayers Rock in the Australian Outback must fly there from Sydney and two nights are recommended to ensure your participation in an infamous Australian "barbee" and experience the aboriginal culture.

When can I go on an Australia / New Zealand Cruise?

Because they are located in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons in Australia & New Zealand are opposite ours. Summer arrives in December and ends in March, which is when you'll find the majority of cruises and cruise tours.

How do I get there?

Princess Cruises has the most comprehensive offering of cruises and cruise-tours, and offers regular departures throughout the season. Other cruise lines make ports of call while on lengthy Pacific voyages and world cruise itineraries. A minimum of 10 nights is required for any itinerary, but 14 nights is more common. Also, two days should be added prior to the trip, and one day after, just for travel time.

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Month Number of Cruises From Price
Aug 2016 1 cruises $2,289
Sep 2016 4 cruises $1,094
Oct 2016 23 cruises $194
Nov 2016 26 cruises $229
Dec 2016 29 cruises $259
Jan 2017 44 cruises $369
Feb 2017 43 cruises $459
Mar 2017 26 cruises $179
Apr 2017 17 cruises $229
May 2017 8 cruises $259
Jun 2017 2 cruises $259
Jul 2017 4 cruises $2,249
Aug 2017 3 cruises $499
Sep 2017 8 cruises $259
Oct 2017 19 cruises $429
Nov 2017 24 cruises $239
Dec 2017 28 cruises $315
Jan 2018 38 cruises $429
Feb 2018 45 cruises $289
Mar 2018 41 cruises $219
Apr 2018 13 cruises $239
May 2018 1 cruises $7,799
Dec 2018 1 cruises $4,699
Feb 2019 1 cruises $5,685

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