Some of the most dramatic and memorable natural phenomena on the planet can be seen at close quarters on a sensational cruise to New Zealand.
Take a trip through the spectacular landscape to see the
breathtaking spouting geysers and bubbling mud-pools at remarkable Rotorua, a
sight you’ll never forget, or join a land excursion to the other-worldly
landscape of Tauranga to be entertained by a traditional Maori folklore concert
before moving on to witness the eruption of geysers, the bubbling mud pools and
multi-coloured thermal pools that will have your cameras clicking.
You’ll also be able to spend time
soaking up the easy-going atmosphere of the attractive city of Auckland and
wander down to the vibrant Viaduct Harbour for a bite to eat while watching the
beautiful boats go by. Colourful botanical gardens and peaceful parks are a
highlight of a shore excursion in Christchurch, on New Zealand’s South Island,
a city you can get to know pretty well in just a few hours thanks to the
excellent modern tram system which flits about the cultural district. Stopping
off at Dunedin you could be excused for imagining you’d somehow been
transported to Scotland! Known as the Edinburgh of the South, this charming
little city is full of Scottish influences including its beautifully preserved,
architecturally stunning buildings, Robert Burns statue and impressive Larnach
Castle. The Bay of Islands, with its Maori culture still very much intact, is a
charming and pristine natural maritime park where you may spot whales,
penguins, dolphins, gannets and a host of other indigenous or migrating species.
Napier, Wellington and Waitangi are other interesting ports of call featured on
many New Zealand cruise itineraries.