With nearly 10,000 miles of exquisite coastline, a Silversea Cruise is the perfect way to explore the spectacular landscapes and awe-inspiring coasts of New Zealand. Silversea’s New Zealand cruises are set to impress with incredible destinations that range from glaciers and natural geysers to ultra-chic cities and the famed “Lord of the Rings” filming locations. Whether you’re a first-time cruiser or consider yourself a seasoned veteran, you’ll leave a cruise to New Zealand with a deeper understanding of everything the island has to offer.
Since New Zealand is blessed with a relatively compact land mass, each distinct region is within overnight sailing of each other. Imagine waking up in a different region of New Zealand every morning, without having to worry about booking car rentals or making hotel reservations. From interacting with endangered wildlife to learning about local culture while indulging in local cuisine, a New Zealand cruise is full of varied experiences and life-changing moments.
Silversea Discoverer, Shadow, & Whisper
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, your Silversea Cruise will take you on board the Discoverer, Shadow, or Whisper. Due to its small size, the Silversea Silver Discoverer is the perfect platform for viewing the untamed landscapes of New Zealand- her shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore. Perfect for well-traveled couples, the Silversea Silver Shadow offers the luxuries of a private yacht, the amenities of a country club, and the fine services of an exclusive hotel in one convenient package, Finally, the Silversea Silver Whisper takes Silversea’s award-winning concept of all-suite luxury to the next level with a cosmopolitan ambiance and a variety of special amenities, including boutique shopping and full-scale productions.
Things to Do in New Zealand
Since Silversea’s fleet of ships are smaller than average, their ships are among the few permitted to cruise through these ‘hotspots’ of biodiversity. From alpine mountains and beautiful lakes to rugged cliffs and sandy beaches, a Silversea cruise through New Zealand lets you discover the island’s diverse landscapes firsthand. Although a New Zealand cruise may seem catered to outdoor enthusiasts, there are few unique opportunities for cruisers to experience the art, history, and architecture the country has to offer, including the range of city sights waiting for you in Auckland – New Zealand’s largest city.
And, the adventure and learning opportunities don’t have to stop once you climb back on the ship. Silversea has taken great care to assemble a truly outstanding Expedition Team, composed of experts in the culture, history, and wildlife of New Zealand. While on board, they’ll present informal talks and will guide Zodiac outings and small group expeditions ashore. With cruises that range from two weeks to four months in length, you’ll have the freedom to explore as much of New Zealand as your schedule allows.
New Zealand Cruise Tips
Although most of the main points of interest in New Zealand are accessible from major ports, traveling around the country on your own isn’t difficult. If you have the time, it’s suggested that you tack on some time pre- or post-cruise for some solo exploration. From domestic flights and bus tours to renting a car and self-driving, there are a variety of ways you can explore even more of New Zealand. If you prefer to travel by train, New Zealand’s trains cater largely to tourists and offer beautiful, scenic journeys through national parks and coastline.
No matter what time of year you’re heading to New Zealand, 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.