Australia and New Zealand provide some of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in the world. Spotlight the bustling metropolises of Sydney and Auckland, plus the incredible wildlife on land and at sea, and you have all the elements for a truly memorable cruise holiday. The coastlines of both Australia and New Zealand have amazing destinations just waiting to be explored - from the big cities of Brisbane, Cairns and Melbourne to the rugged Fraser Island and the beautiful Whitsundays in Australia to the remote and spectacular West Coast of New Zealand including the Franz and Fox Glaciers and the stunning fiordland region including the world famous Milford Sound.
Why cruise Australasia?
Cruising around Australia, New Zealand or both these Australasian countries offers up two destinations with diverse geography and culture. The Australian coastline is dominated by its largest cities and these are popular destinations for cruise lines in the southern hemisphere. New Zealand offers something a bit more remote once you head out from Auckland, allowing you to be one of the first people to welcome in the new day in Gisborne before heading south to Dunedin and the Fiordland National Park. Combining the two can lead to a magical couple of weeks and take you on a journey of discovery.+
Choosing your Australasian destinations will be a crucial part of your cruise planning as there are some huge distances between some of the ports so depending on the amount of time you have, you may need to be selective. If you are departing from Auckland and want to head across the Tasman, you will need to allow at least 2 days at sea so choosing a cruise line with plenty to do onboard could be key. You may equally choose to fly across to Australia to begin your Australasian adventure, starting off in one of the big cities and making your way up, down or around the coastline. Here are just a few of the places to visit on an Australasian cruise:
• Sydney • Melbourne • Adelaide • Brisbane • Perth • Whitsunday Islands • Darwin • Cairns • Auckland • Gisborne • Napier • Wellington • Akaroa (Christchurch) • Dunedin • Stewart Island • Fiordland National Park
Who's sailing to Australasia?
Each cruise line offers something a bit different and will provide you with a unique experience of Australasia from the luxury P&O Australia to the more intimate Coral Expeditions. Who you cruise with will completely depend on what you want from your cruise whether it’s sitting back and relaxing by the pool or making the most of the daily expeditions onshore. The larger cruise lines offer a full package of things to do onboard whereas the smaller cruise lines can take you to smaller ports with the opportunity to experience a different side of Australia or New Zealand. You can read our blog post on Top 5 cruises from Auckland to get an idea about cruises around Australasia or check out the cruise line companies below:
When is the best time of year to go to Australasia?
Australia has a year round cruise season while New Zealand has ships departing during the summer months between November and March plus Pacific Cruises during May and June. Depending on where you choose to cruise around Australia however will dictate when you cruise – the east coast cities of Melbourne, Sydney and even Brisbane can get pretty chilly during the winter months of May to September whereas Perth tends to be warm all year round with an average high of 18C in the coldest month of July. It’s also well advised to check out the rainfall before you book your cruise. Darwin for example experiences rainy season from December to March making for a wet time to cruise so June to August when the temperature doesn’t drop below 30C is the best time to visit Northern Australia.
Find out more and book today
To choose your Australasia cruise simply click on the cruise lines above or alternatively us the search function on the left of the page to enter the dates and destination. If you are new to cruising or you have any questions, check out our FAQ section for more information. If you are looking for more personal advice do not hesitate to give our travel consultants a call and we will be more than happy to help to plan your dream cruise to Australasia. Happy cruising!