Koalas and kangaroos. Coral reefs and lush rainforests. Clean and modern cities. No matter what brings you to New Zealand, you’ll enjoy your time Down Under on a luxurious Crystal Cruise. Rich, diverse wildlife and lively marine environments are only the start- while on a New Zealand cruise you’ll have the opportunity to learn the history of cricket, satisfy your epicurean urges with exquisite wine and food pairings, and hike through world-famous wildlife preserves and parks. It may be the youngest country in the world
Whether you consider yourself an aficionado of history, culture, nature, or entertainment, New Zealand definitely has something for you. Affectionately referred to as Kiwiland, an immersive tour through New Zealand will explore everything from Maori culture and the architectural landmarks of Dunedin to the galleries, studios, and boutiques in Nelson. With plenty of opportunities for both relaxation and adventure, a cruise through New Zealand is guaranteed to be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.
Crystal Serenity & Symphony
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, your Crystal Cruise New Zealand cruise will take you on board the Crystal Serenity or Crystal Symphony. The Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, with amenities that include grand lounges, full-service fitness facilities, and a Feng Shui inspired spa for each of its 940 guests to enjoy. The Crystal Serenity is the newest addition to the fleet and raises the already lofty standards of Crystal Cruises to even greater heights. With an expanded space-to-guest ratio and elegantly appointed staterooms, each room has an unobstructed view of the ocean and surrounding land.
Things to Do in New Zealand
Famous for its stunning beaches, buzzing cities, and high-adrenaline attractions, New Zealand is brimming with captivating sights and exciting experiences. Miles and miles of pristine beaches make New Zealand the ideal destination for anyone looking to relax and unwind, while its amazing assortment of wildlife will please those who enjoy connecting with nature. The bucolic charms of Napier make it a popular destination among tourists and retirees alike, who can enjoy their time learning more about one of the largest wine-producing regions in the country, while the penguin colonies in Akaroa, the volcanoes in Auckland, and the flying dolphins in Bay of Islands are sure to delight outdoor enthusiasts of all types.
Although New Zealand may seem like it’s catered to nature lovers, there are a few unique opportunities for travelers to experience art, architecture, and history, including time spent at the historic 19th century Larnach Castle in Dunedin and the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne. Many New Zealand cruises spend two days in Auckland, allowing you to explore the ins and outs of the nation’ most popular cities. With cruises that range from two weeks to four months in length, you can explore as much of New Zealand as your schedule allows.
New Zealand Cruise Tips
If you’re planning to cruise New Zealand, no matter the time of year, make sure to pack plenty of layers and rain-appropriate gear, especially if you’re venturing to both the North and South islands. Since New Zealand is so large, the temperatures between the two islands can vary by 30°F or more. Even in the summer, temperatures in the fiords can be quite chilly. If you have the extra time, add a scenic train journey along the rugged coastline to your itinerary, either before or after your cruise.
Finally, New Zealand has a visa waiver system, meaning those from certain countries who are visiting for three months or less don’t need a visa to enter the country. Countries on the list include Australia, most European nations, and the United States. If you’re British, you can stay for up to six months without needing a visa.