Why a New Zealand cruise should be on your bucket list

What makes a destination worthy of a bucket list? Stunning landscapes? Incredible culture? Delicious local food? Amazing wildlife? The criteria is different for different people. But there’s one country that seems to tick all the boxes - New Zealand!


New Zealand is an incredible holiday destination with a wide range of unique activities, cultural marvels and natural beauty. Whether you’re visiting for outdoor adventures or travel photography, a family holiday or a romantic escape, this country has it all. Here are the top 5 reasons why a New Zealand cruise from Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Melbourne should be on your travel bucket list.


1. It’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world

The natural beauty of New Zealand is world-famous. From the snow-capped glaciers and shining lakes of Milford Sound to the redwood forests and steaming thermal pools of Rotorua, this country is truly a feast for the eyes - and one of the best ways to see it is by cruise. 
Remote landscapes such as Fiordland National Park will take your breath away when seen by ship - while other spots are perfect for exploring on a shore tour, such as the Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock tour.
There’s a reason Peter Jackson chose this country as the location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. New Zealand is a place of otherworldly beauty that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.

2. It’s the perfect place for outdoor adventures

It’s not surprising that a country with such stunning scenery is also perfect for every kind of outdoor adventure you can think of. From kayaking and waterskiing to rock climbing and caving, New Zealand is full to the brim of action-packed activities. 
Kayak through the Waitangi Estuary and mangrove forest to Haruru Falls, swim with rare dolphins in Akaroa Harbour, or see breathtaking views of Auckland on the Eco Zip Adventure shore tour.


3. It has a range of quirky activities

New Zealand has shiploads of unique, quirky activities you won’t find anywhere else. We’ve researched the best things to do in New Zealand and found reputable local operators, so we can easily take you to see a range of truly memorable experiences.
Float across an underground river through limestone caves, illuminated by the blue-green light of glow worms. Step back in time and marvel at the stunning 1930s Art Deco architecture found in Napier, made all the more unique by the Maori design influences. 
Ready to enter another world? Experience Middle Earth in New Zealand! Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, or take a P&O exclusive tour of director Peter Jackson's custom-built Weta Workshop - the production studio behind not only Lord of the Rings, but also The Hobbit, Avatar, and King Kong, just to name a few.

4. It has a rich cultural history

Maori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, and contemporary Maori culture has an incredibly rich cultural heritage, from art, legends, and tattoos (moko), to performances, food, hospitality and community. Learning about this culture is an important and rewarding experience that both the young and old will enjoy.


If you’re interested in Maori culture, Gisborne, known as the City of Rivers, is a must. Oral history identifies Titirangi (Kaiti) Hill as the point of arrival for the migratory waka, or canoe, which brought the first Maori to this beautiful region of New Zealand. 

5.There's amazing local food, wine and art

With fertile land, fresh produce and rolling vineyards, New Zealand is nothing short of a foodie’s paradise. Sample the local specialities of seafood and lamb in Picton, walk beneath the green and gold kiwifruit vines in the Bay of Plenty, or take a Gisborne Craft Beer Brewery & Lunch Tour for a generous serving of food, fun and frosty craft beer.


Fancy some world famous vino? Marlborough is the wine capital of New Zealand, producing over half of the country’s wine.

Make your bucket list a reality 


Whether you dream of swimming with dolphins, adventure sports, shopping sprees, hobbits or World Heritage listed wonders, a New Zealand cruise should be on everyone’s bucket list.

P&O offers a range of flexible options for families, groups, and couples. We have shore tours, dining, and accommodation to suit every need. The destinations we visit are safe, friendly places, so it's very easy if you want to do your own thing once on shore. We can provide convenient, affordable New Zealand holidays in just one easy booking. Check out our cruise deals to New Zealand today!

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