Australia and New Zealand are becoming more and more popular amongst holiday makers, and with diverse and breathtaking scenery, chic cities and an unparalleled coastline, it’s easy to see why. Embark on your biggest adventure yet with an Australian and New Zealand cruise and enjoy these incredible countries in true luxury.
In Australia, enjoy the legendary Bondi Beach, visit the world famous Sydney Opera House, sample some of the country’s finest wines and view an array of fauna from penguins to kangaroos. Whilst in New Zealand, encounter a wealth of marine life, stroll leisurely through historical towns, enjoy the many adrenaline inducing water sports and explore the dramatic scenery that played host to the Lord of the Rings films.
Cruise Deals invites you to experience the land down under, from koalas to iconic landmarks and friendly locals. Browse the ample selection of cheap Australian and New Zealand cruises and take your pick from a choice of spectacular ships at a price to suit your budget. Whether you want a break of two weeks or have decided to travel for a little longer, we have a variety of options available.
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Princess Cruises, Sea Princess, 20th May '17, 19 nights, sailing from Sydney, Australia
Princess Cruises, Sun Princess, 1st Jul '17, 15 nights, sailing from Brisbane
Princess Cruises, Golden Princess, 2nd Aug '17, 35 nights, sailing from Sydney, Australia
Princess Cruises, Golden Princess, 4th Aug '17, 33 nights, sailing from Brisbane
Princess Cruises, Sea Princess, 4th Sep '17, 15 nights, sailing from Brisbane
Holland America Line, ms Amsterdam, 1st Oct '17, 80 nights, sailing from San Diego, California
One of the most iconic and beautiful cities in the world, Sydney offers everything a cruiser could wish for including a variety of shops, fine restaurants, pristine beaches and stunning views. Once you've sailed into the stunning harbour and docked into port the first thing you'll want to do is head to the Opera House. Have your picture taken outside this unusual building and take a tour of the inside, learn about the concerts played here and the technology behind the acoustics. Next, take a walk over to the famous Sydney Bridge across the harbour. Shopping in Sydney is a great way to spend your day. Westfield shopping centres were born in Australia so why not head to Westfield Sydney for your pick of the high street stores? If you're after some designer shops then head to Castlereagh Street, Elizabeth Street and King Street. And if you're after some popular Australian labels then head to The Intersection on Glenmore Road. End your trip to Sydney by taking in a show or choosing from the many restaurants on offer, including some on the harbour itself.
Auckland is the port of call where you’ll find all kinds of adventure activities – whether it’s zip lining on Waiheke Island, canyoning down spectacular waterfalls or bungee jumping off Auckland Bridge. For those looking for something a bit more chilled, then take a walk around Glenfern Sanctuary, fish at Kawau Island or go horse ride along some of the most deserted beaches in the world. On dry land head to Viaduct Harbour, where you can visit top-notch waterside restaurants and learn about New Zealand’s rich maritime history at the Voyager Maritime Museum. New Zealand’s capital also has some great shopping districts – from Britomart Precinct’s designer boutiques, to Ponsonby’s funky fashion stores, and not forgetting Matakana Village farmers’ market where you can find freshly brewed coffee and local produce.
Home to the world famous Gold Coast and over 2 million people, you’ll find plenty to do in Queensland’s capital. As you’re in the sunshine state chances are you’ll get to wander around this city under clear blue sky. Once in the city centre you’ll find most pathways lead you to the South Bank, which sits on the bank of Brisbane River. Grab some lunch in one of the many restaurants, and why not cool off on the man-made beach? If you fancy hitting the shops while in Brisbane then make a trip to Queen Street Mall, Queensland’s premier shopping centre. Next stop has to be the picturesque city which is the Gold Coast. It’s stunning beach and choices of bars make this a popular getaway for teenagers. Surfer’s Paradise is a must-visit beach; its breath-taking skyline has always made it a popular place for tourists. In recent years it has seen an emergence of new cafes, bars and restaurants making it a perfect destination to enjoy a great night out.
Situated on the north east coast of Queensland, Cairns is a perfect port from which to book your excursion to the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef. There are plenty of ways you can explore the colourful wilderness – whether it’s diving, snorkelling, grabbing a ‘submarine’ or walking through an underwater sea tunnel. It’s not just the colourful coral that will wow you – if you choose to snorkel or dive, you will find yourself surrounded by a variety of sea life, including tropical fish, turtles and even the odd Reef Shark.
This cosmopolitan city is located in the state of Victoria and because of its southern location it is known to have all 4 seasons in one day, so make sure you dress accordingly. On arrival head straight to Southbank, this buzzing area is home to funky art installations, exhibitions and coffee shops. Getting around Melbourne couldn’t be easier – hop on the tram which takes you around the city in a circle, all for free. Head to Parliament House and learn about the history of this great city, while right next door is Fitzroy Gardens where you can take a walk around and visit Captain Cook’s Cottage, a sacred aboriginal tree and a memorial to J.F. Kennedy. If you have a spare day in Melbourne it’s well worth taking a trip on the Great Ocean Road or visit Phillip Island, located just south of the mainland. This island is best visited at night, when thousands of penguins come in from the water onto the beach. And of course if you’re a big Neighbours fan then a trip to Ramsey Street has to be on your Things To Do list.
New Zealand's capital is located on the southern tip of the north island. If you're short on time then a city tour is the quickest way to explore, or for breathtaking panoramas across Wellington take a journey up to Mount Victoria Lookout. If you're hoping to experience New Zealand's natural world then there's plenty to see: go stargazing at Carter Observatory; hear native birdsong and spot a tuatara (a reptile, resembling a lizard native to New Zealand) at Zealandia sanctuary; or catch a cable car up to the botanical gardens to see beautiful flowers. Wellington is a great place to eat and drink head to Cuba Street for the best coffee in town, or step into one of the many restaurants serving up local cuisine. End your evening sipping cocktails and dancing the night away in one of the many clubs along Tory Street.
Part of the Whitsunday Islands, this tiny island can easily be explored in a day. The first thing you’ll spot is the lack of cars – there are two main ways to get around Hamilton Island: walk, or jump on one of the hundreds of golf buggies that are used here. Head to the white sandy beach on your arrival and take part in one of the many water sports on offer, catamarans, pedallos, snorkelling and kayaking are all popular options. For a spot of lunch why not head to the marina? Choose between fish and chips, a bakery or pub meal as you sit out on the terrace in the sunshine. If you fancy exploring the reef there are plenty of day trips to choose from – if you’re lucky you may even spot dolphins in amongst the turtles and fish. There’s only one way to end your day on this beautiful island – head up to One Tree Hill for sunset cocktails before dining in one of the many ocean view restaurants for your dinner.
Heading north means you’re heading into crocodile territory – if you’re feeling brave enough then why not take a swim with these giant reptiles at Crocosaurus Cove? Continue enjoying Australia’s wildlife and nature with a trip to Litchfield National Park, here you’ll see gushing waterfalls, lush tropical rainforests and unusual rock formations. If you’re a keen angler then a fishing trip to Darwin Harbour is a must – there are also many rivers and estuaries to choose from so you’ll be spoilt for choice. For some souvenir shopping head to Mindl Beach Sunset Market – this unique setting offers everything from clothes, food, arts and crafts to lively entertainment, offering fun for all the family. For something a bit more relaxing, Casuarina Coastal Reserve is the place to chill with a cocktail as you watch the sun set on your Darwin adventure.
Comprising of 144 islands off the northern coastline of New Zealand, this area of the world really is a boating paradise. Why not charter a yacht or grab a sea kayak and explore as many of these islands as possible? Key towns include Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri and there's a regular ferry service running between the communities so they're easy to visit. One of the key attractions of these islands is the wildlife - head to Tapeka Point (just north of Russell) and spot penguins, dolphins and gannets to name a few.
Nature lovers will enjoy this port of call showcasing Fiordland landscape, curving mountains, lush rainforests, calm waters and breathtaking wildlife. Getting to this part of the world is ideal on a cruise ship as there's no main road to the region, and no settlements either meaning it's perfect if you're after some peace and tranquility. From pods of dolphins to albatross, and the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin, wildlife species are abundant you should keep your eyes peeled for whales. If you love the relaxing nature of this part of New Zealand then make sure you visit Doubtful Sound's sister Fiordland - Milford Sound, which is even smaller and quieter.
If you love wandering around a market then head to Hobart's historic waterfront and visit Salamanca Market. This is Australia's biggest, brightest market offering everything from baked potatoes to sheepskin boots. If you fancy taking in some history while in Tasmania then head to Port Arthur, first established in 1830. The port is situated on the scenic Tasman Peninsula south-east of Hobart and was a place of punishment for secondary offenders in the colony’s growing convict population. Explore the wilderness of Tasmania with the Tahune AirWalk up into the rainforest. Stroll across the treetops and get a bird's eye view of the Tasmanian mountain range, Huon River and the rainforest below.
If you're after fine wine then this seaside city is a great port of call on your cruise. Take a tour of an award-winning vineyard and sample the delights on offer. Alternatively enjoy cycling along the seafront, hike across the landscape or take a city walk tour to learn about Art Deco, the history of the city and even take an earthquake tour. If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous then take a hot air balloon ride over Napier, or rent a quad bike for the afternoon.
This picturesque port on the Bay of Plenty is one of the fastest growing population centres in the country. Tauranga is also perfectly located for a visit to Mount Maunganui, one of New Zealand's most popular beaches. Catch some surf, wander along the white, sandy beach or take in one of the cafes along the seafront. Continue on to the dormant volcano which is Mauao, situated on the tip of the peninsula, and experience the naturally heated salt water pools. Tauranga Harbour has undergone a revamp in the past few years and now houses a number of restaurants and bars to keep you occupied well into the evening. Other great activities around Tauranga include dolphin tours, fishing, sailing and diving.
Set on the banks of the Swan River, Perth really is picture postcard beautiful. Experience the botanic garden (one of the biggest urban parks in the world), surf one of the many stunning, clean beaches that surround the city and sample some of the best wines in the world. If you're after some retail therapy then head to King Street, full of high-end boutiques for fashionistas, head to Murray & Hay Street Mall for well-known high street brands. End your day in Perth with a ferry ride over to South Perth, the skyline looks sensational lit up at night.
Family fun on the Gold Coast, bunjee jumping in New Zealand, romantic walks around Sydney Harbour - there's so much to see and do in this part of the world. The stunning landscapes, beautiful coastlines and unique wildlife means it really is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Their location in the southern hemisphere means Australia & New Zealand have opposite seasons to the UK. Travel any time between November and March to experience the best of the sunshine.
If you catch a world cruise to Australia you can in fact sail from Southampton (P&O Cruises and Cunard offer this itinerary). Majority of cruise lines start the cruise abroad, including Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Royal Caribbean, and you can choose to embark from Sydney, Cape Town, New York, Auckland, Rio De Janeiro or Fort Lauderdale to name a few.
As well as the above, other cruise lines sailing to this part of the world include Seabourn, Holland America Line, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Fred Olsen and Silversea.
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