Cruise to Auckland

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Auckland Cruises: Your guide to cruising to the New Zealand capital

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  • Cruise ship sailing past the city of Auckland, New Zealand
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Frequently asked questions

There’s so much to see in Auckland! You’ll instantly spot the famous Sky Tower soaring above the city skyline – you can ride to the top for sweeping views and even jump off on a wired base jump (if you’re feeling brave). Other exciting Auckland experiences include bungy jumping and jet boat rides. Take a scenic cruise through the Hauraki Gulf to look for wildlife, catch a ferry to Rangitoto Island to hike through lava fields, or spend the day indulging on the gourmet paradise of Waiheke Island. Learn about history at the Auckland Museum and enjoy a traditional Maori cultural performance.

Cruises run to Auckland all year-round, but the peak season is during the summer months from November to April.

An Auckland cruise is perfect for families. On day cruises around Auckland Harbour, kids will love spotting dolphins or hiking dormant volcanoes. Longer cruises calling at Auckland will offer family-friendly fun on board, like kids’ clubs, waterparks and entertainment, as well as shore excursions that suit all ages.

Most cruises will include meals at all or some of the restaurants on board. They may feature New Zealand cuisine and fresh produce, like seafood or lamb, as well as world-class Kiwi wine. Short cruises around Auckland Harbour are often themed around lunch or dinner, giving you a taste of New Zealand paired with gorgeous scenery.

For day trips around Auckland or overnight adventures into the Hauraki Gulf, you can charter luxury yachts with all the services of a five-star hotel. Many of the world’s top luxury cruise lines also visit Auckland on their New Zealand itineraries – try Scenic, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, Ponant and Seabourn.

As long as you like. You can take a day trip to one of the harbour islands, sail on short voyages of just a few days around other New Zealand ports, travel further into the South Pacific or Australia on cruises of around 14 days, or set off on grand Transpacific adventures lasting more than a month.

Yes, many cruises will immerse you in the vibrant Kiwi culture and authentic Maori traditions. This may include live music, dance, traditional performances and workshops held on board.

You can keep things casual when packing for an Auckland cruise. Be aware that temperatures are moderate, even in summer, and nights are always cool so bring something warm. You’ll also need your swimsuit, a hat and sturdy walking shoes. If you’re cruising in winter, be prepared for cold, wind and rain.

Absolutely! The Hauraki Gulf, which surrounds Auckland and its coastline, has more than one million hectares of pristine ocean that’s home to an abundance of marine life. Hop on a sightseeing cruise to spot dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, sting rays, sharks and large schools of fish. Auckland is also one of the few places in the world where you can see whales all year round and Hauraki Gulf is home to a resident population of the endangered Bryde’s whale. Seabirds abound as well, with penguins, petrels, shearwaters, gannets and more regularly spotted.

Auckland Airport is the largest and busiest in New Zealand. It is well-connected by air, with regular flights to international and domestic destinations, including multiple daily flight to Australian capital cities. The airport is just a short drive from the main cruise terminal.

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