Many of Australia and New Zealand’s most interesting towns and cities are found along the coast so cruising is a convenient way to see them. The major cities of Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth (port of Fremantle) are prominent on cruise itineraries. You’ll find there are many other fascinating ports* of call to explore as well including these:
- Geelong, Australia – The second largest city in the state of Victoria, noted for its vibrant waterfront. It’s the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road.
- Hobart and Burnie, Tasmania – Discover the island state of Tasmania during calls at these ports. This beautiful island has many unusual attractions and a fascinating history. Highlights include scenic hiking, breathing the world’s cleanest air and meeting some unique wildlife like the Tasmanian Devil.
- Dunedin, New Zealand – This charming university town with a strong Scottish background is found on most New Zealand cruises. The rugged Otago Peninsula is within the city boundaries giving you the chance for some excellent eco-adventures, wildlife and bird viewing.
- Picton, New Zealand – You’re in the picturesque Marlborough region when you call at Picton. Tour the renowned Marlborough wineries, hike the Queen Charlotte track and visit historic Ship Cove.
Natural wonders abound down under and cruising lets you see these from a different perspective:
- Fjordland National Park, New Zealand – Spend a day cruising not only famous Milford Sound, but Dusky and Doubtful Sounds as well! It’s some of the finest scenic cruising anywhere as you maneuver through these spectacular waterways. The on board naturalist and historian will keep you entertained and informed throughout the day.
- White Island Marine Volcano, New Zealand – See this active volcano in action as you sail close to the exposed crater. It’s one of the most thrilling cruise experiences you’ll ever have.
- Rotorua, New Zealand – The thermal capital of New Zealand is certainly a fascinating place to visit on day trips from Tauranga. Be enthralled by the active geysers, mud pools and hot springs and enjoy one of the best Maori cultural experiences in the country.
- The Great Barrier Reef, Australia – Cruising Queensland and the Coral Sea is another thrill. You’ll see the reef at various points and have opportunities to discover its underwater world at floating platforms along the reef.
- Willis Island, Coral Islands Territory – The three staff members at the weather station are the only people who live on this island in Australia’s Coral Sea Islands Territory. Watch them set off a weather balloon and hear their interesting chat with the Captain which is broadcast over the speakers on deck.
- The Kimberley Coast, Western Australia – This Outback region is considered by many to be the last great frontier of Australia. See it on “Top End” sailings between Sydney and Fremantle. Get a taste of the area during a call at Broome and scenic cruising of the rugged, red, Kimberley coast.