Cruise from Auckland

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What you need to know about cruising from Auckland

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Frequently asked questions

Popular destinations for cruises departing Auckland’s Queens Whard include the Pacific Islands, Australia, the Bay of Islands, and extended itineraries to Antarctica or Asia. If your keen on something smaller, keep your eyes peeled for day trips headed to nearby islands.


Of course! Bring your crew along to enjoy any of the family-friendly facilities and activities geared for kids big and small.


There are a wide range of cruises and cabin types on offer to help provide holiday options for every budget. Whether you’re just seeking the essentials (bed, food and epic memories) or are keen on the whole kit and caboodle, our cruise experts can help find the cruise for your budget.


The best time to cruise from Auckland’s Queens Wharf is typically during the southern hemisphere summer, from December to February. During this time you can rely on there being less rain and warmer temps – perfect for sunbaking by the ship’s pool.


Some cruise lines offer cruises or day trips specifically for adults, focusing on a more relaxed and refined experience. When it comes to bigger ships or extended itineraries, we recommend booking a cruise line that offers a specific ‘adults only’ oasis so you can escape the hustle and bustle of families on holiday.


Cruise lengths vary from short 2-3 day getaways to longer voyages lasting up to 10-14 days. Need a quick day trip pick-me-up? Check out any of the day trips around the harbour or overnight adventures to nearby islands that leave from Queens Wharf.


Keep your peepers peeled for a wide range of ships, including epic international liners to smaller, boutique vessels and charter boats.


You betcha.! Take your pick from a broad range of cruising itineraries centred around cuisine, adventure, cultural immersions, wildlife watching, wellness-themed cruises and more.


The short answer is yes, especially if you’re seeking short day trips around the harbour or are keen to score a last-minute deal. However, if you’re got your heart set on a particular tour, itinerary or room type, we recommend booking sooner rather than later to avoid missing out.


Your experiences will always come down to the itinerary you book. Extended adventures beyond Auckland’s embrace will likely serve up New Zealand’s natural beauty in spades alongside the chance to visit idyllic Pacific islands or Australia’s sunburned shores to experience diverse cultures and cuisines. Alternatively, those joining a day trip or overnight adventure from Queens Wharf will enjoy picturesque harbor views and the chance to explore nearby islands, experience local culture and cuisine, and possibly spot marine wildlife.


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