New Zealand

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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.

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