Once you get a feel for the Aussie way of life, it’s hard to go back! From pristine beaches where surfers catch the waves to futuristic cities that hold a combination of cultures – Australia has diversity in large amounts.
Sophisticated Sydney is the place to be if you want a glimpse of glamour – catch a show at the world-famous Opera House, climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or bathe in bliss on Bondi Beach. The nearby Blue Mountains are a surreal experience, too.
Get a peek at the past and a glimpse into the future in Brisbane, delight in amazing art and entertainment in Melbourne or get a taste of the vineyards in Perth. And don’t forget to visit a kangaroo or koala sanctuary to get up close and personal with Australia’s most iconic animals!
Speaking of wildlife, Australia is also home to the largest coral reef system in the world – The Great Barrier Reef. It’s even visible from outer space! Whether you snorkel or scuba dive, one thing’s for sure – you won’t quite believe your eyes as tropical fish and colourful corals welcome you into their underwater world.
Many cruises to Australia and New Zealand also venture to the nearby island of beautiful Bali – so you can have an Aussie adventure combined with a pit stop in paradise. Perfect!
New Zealand Cruises
New Zealand cruises are perfect for both adventure seekers and tranquil travellers. The stunning scenery showcased in their mammoth national parks will have you feeling closer to nature than ever, and you’ll get a real feel for the past when you gaze at dynamic Maori art.
If you’re feeling brave, venture to the top of the Auckland sky tower and teeter on the edge of 192 metre-high building for the best views of the city.
The volcanic landscape of this region also makes it a unique destination, and you’ll even spot some of the 48 volcanic cones dotted around the area.
Swap dare-devil scenes for blissful backdrops when you visit Milford Sound. You might think the Norwegian Fjords are spectacular – but you’ve seen nothing until you’ve witnessed these towering beauties.
And of course, no visit to New Zealand would be complete without a trip to the capital of Wellington, where you can also take a guided tour of the fantastic filming locations used in the epic movies Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit!
Why book a cruise to Australia and New Zealand?
It might be a bit of a trek to get there, but trust, us it’s worth it. This dream sailing will serve up the most ethereal scenery and captivating culture – the only hard part is squeezing it all in!
The best time for an Australia and New Zealand cruise
Because Australia is so large, temperatures can vary massively, with cities in the northern part reaching the hottest temperatures.
The seasons are the complete opposite to our own – with summer beginning in December and ending in February for most areas. Cities like Darwin are the exception, which sees an average temperature of 30°c in December and a winter average of around 24°c in July. So there’s never really a bad time to visit!
Autumn time is a gorgeous time to visit New Zealand – that’s March, April and May – as the summer crowds have dispersed and yet the weather is still very pleasant.