New Zealand is famed for its inspiring landscape, most of which you can appreciate from the comfort of a cruise liner. As an island nation, the country is accessible by boat from all directions, whether you’re interested in the high-rise skyline of Auckland or the rural wonders of Christchurch. Most cruises circle the island before returning home, with stop-offs plentiful around the fjords in the south-west. Here, there’s little more to admire than the clear waters and gorgeous highland views.
Finding a cruise that takes you down to New Zealand isn’t difficult, because the local residents themselves have a great love for exploring the ocean. In 2017 alone, more than 190,000 people boarded a cruise from the country, with thousands more expected to do the same across the following year. Given New Zealand’s intense fascination with cruising, the island’s ports have grown prepared to cater to all those traveling from abroad via boat.