Australasia

Australia where the landscape is epic and it’s Opera House, famous around the world.  The coasts of Australia and New Zealand are well known for their stunning scenery and fantastic weather.  Many cruises departing from Sydney or Brisbane sail along Australia’s east coast.  Australia is regularly voted as one of the world’s top cruise destinations for its endless summer weather and beaches along with incredible landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and the stunning Kimberley Coast.  It is also known for its deserts, mountains and rainforests and let’s not forget those cute koala bears.

Australia is a year round cruise destination although the wave season of October to April is when it is at its busiest thus provides the greatest choice of departures and itineraries.  Nearly all major cruise lines visit Australia  at some point with many lines home porting there.  P&O Australia is the local mainstream cruise line catering mainly for Australians from ports such as Sydney, Melbourne and Freemantle for Perth.  Carnival, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean have ships that sail in the area too.  The luxury cruise lines such as Crystal, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas and Silverseas also visit Australia as part of their world cruise or sectors from the world cruise.

With the time and distance required to travel Australia and New Zealand extending your cruise with a land tour or a pre or post cruise stay would maximise your holiday.

New Zealand is known for its beautiful rugged coastlines, fjords, mountainous landscapes, thermal activities, sheep herding, beautiful greenery making for wonderful lush and picturesque landscapes.  It is also well known for the indigenous people, the Maori who are the descendants of the Polynesian explorers who settled there more than 1000 years ago.  The Maori are famous for their pretty intense tattoos and tribal dances.

New Zealand is split into two halves.  The north and south islands are separated by the Cook Strait which, at its narrowest, is only 19 kilometres wide.  The north island is more heavily populated with the larger cities such as Auckland and the capital, Wellington.  The south island is famous for its mountains, lakes and glaciers.  From the Bay of Islands at the top of the north island to the dramatic fjordland in the south and from the sweeping deserts vistas to pristine sunny beaches, you will discover ancient cultures full of inspiring wisdom and transporting beauty. 

New Zealand is best enjoyed the peak summer months of December to February although the cruise season starts in Early October and runs until April.

The main ports in New Zealand are Akoroa, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Christchurch, Dunedin, Tauranga and Wellington and you can also visit the breathtaking Fiordland National Park and its crown jewel, Milford Sound.  Many voyages sail round trip from Melbourne and Sydney.  No visit is complete without a ride on the Terry Gorge Train into historic Dunedin. You can visit the imposing Larnach Castle along the Otago Peninsula.  In Wellington, Lord of the Rings fan will thrill at a visit to Hobbiton and other motion picture filming locations, including a stop at the wondrous WETA workshop, a world leader in movie design and special effects.  In Tauranga, you can see to the rich traditions, myths, and legends of New Zealand’s native Maoris at the Tamaki Village.  Wine lovers may be interested in heading to some of the premier wineries on the Auckland Wine Trail. 

A trip to new Zealand can be so much more than you ever imagined. 

Australia and Melanesia
17 Nights
FROM
£2,445pp
4 December 2018
Sydney

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Return London flights to Sydney
  • 2 night pre - cruise stay in Sydney
  • 15 night full board cruise onboard Noordam

ITINERARY:

Sydney, Gladstone, Alotau, Kiriwina island, Kitava, Conflict islands, Cairns, Airlie beach, Brisbane, Sydney

Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person and are based on two people sharing. Subject to availability and changes.

Tasmania and New Zealand Voyage
18 Nights
FROM
£3,859pp
6 January 2019
Melbourne

Price includes:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • 2 nights at 4* Mercure Treasury Gardens Hotel, Melbourne
  • 16 night cruise on board Azamara Quest
  • Luxury All Inclusive - includes Drinks & Gratuities

ITINERARY:

Melbourne (Australia),  Port Arthur (Tasmania), Hobart (Tasmania), Dunedin (New Zealand), Akaroa (New Zealand), Wellington (New Zealand), Picton (New Zealand), Napier (New Zealand), Tauranga (New Zealand), Bay of Islands (New Zealand), Auckland (New Zealand)

Cruises from Australia
Australia And New Zealand Cruise
12 Nights
FROM
£1,283pp
8 November 2018
Auckland

Price includes:

  • Cruise only fare
  • 12 nights onboard the Celebrity Solstice
  • Pre-paid gratuities

ITINERARY:

Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Hobart, Sydney

Cruises to New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand with Norwegian Cruise Line
12 Nights
FROM
£1,078pp
1 December 2018
Sydney

Price includes:

  • Cruise only fare
  • 7 nights onboard the Norwegian Jewel

ITINERARY:

Sydney, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Sydney

Tour Australia with Norwegian Cruise Line
9 Nights
FROM
£2,209pp (inside)
9 December 2018
Sydney

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Flights from London to Sydney
  • 2 night pre-cruise stay
  • 7 nights onboard the Norwegian Jewel
  • Premium all inclusive cruise

ITINERARY:

Sydney, Burnie (Tasmania), Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney

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Best time to go

Cruises in this region run all year round but generally, the best time to go is October to April and the spring which falls between September and November. Australia's cyclone seasons begins on 1 November and ends on 30 April with the highest risk of a major storm in March and April.

Weather

Australia sees a wide variation of climates. The east coast is typically warm meaning rain throughout the year but mostly focused in the summer months of December to February with daily temperatures reaching 27°C. Both Melbourne and Sydney occasionally record temperatures of 38°C. Winters are typically mild with very occasional cold spells and lows of around 17°C. In the north of New Zealand daily maximum average temperatures can vary from 13°C (56 °F) in winter to 23°C (73 °F) in summer and in the south, daytime average maximum temperatures range from 10°C in winter to 21°C in summer.

Key Ports

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Freemantle, Cairns, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin.

Sample Shore Excursions

Sydney History and Sights Tour, Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Experience, Canberra Day Trip from Sydney, The Auckland Country Tour, Rangitoto Island Volcanic Explorer, Auckland Harbor Cruise, Koala Sanctuary & Brisbane River Cruise, Cairns Rainforest, Melbourne City Morning Tour with Yarra River Cruise, In the Footsteps of the "Lord of the Rings", Craft Beers in Wellington Tour

Language

English is the standard language across Australia, while in New Zealand, Maori is also an official language.

Currency

Austrialian Dollar AUD($) and New Zealand Dollar NZD($)

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