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Top 5 New Zealand Cruises

The unique land features of New Zealand become the more striking as they rise from the water, the major attraction of New Zealand cruises. Add to this the possibility of viewing life underwater and dolphins at play and taking a New Zealand cruise becomes truly satisfying.

1. Milford Sound Cruise

Cruising on Milford Sound was my main purpose in visiting New Zealand's South Island the first time. I took a tour bus from Queenstown through Te Anau (near the start of the Milford Track) to a cruise ship on the Sound. The cascading waterfalls were a sight to behold and our ship sailed close to where the falls dropped to the sea. The beauty and tranquility of the place were what sold me on this cruise.More »

2. Hole in the Rock Cruise

If you're on the North Island, a visit to the Bay of Islands should be a priority. Here, I took the boat through what is known as the Hole in the Rock which can be quite dangerous when the tide's not right. There were pods of dolphins accompanying the boat on the way home on a cruise that visited Urupukapuka where American western author Zane Grey had his Bay of Islands base in the 1920s.More »

3. Doubtful Sound Cruise

Another cruise to take when you're on the South Island is one on Doubtful Sound, perhaps a little less spectacular than Milford Sound but full of mystic tranquility. It is the second largest of the 14 fiords in Fiordland national park and three times longer and 10 times larger than Milford Sound. Boat cruises and kayak tours are available. Book cruises beforehand at Queenstown or other major town.More »

4. Interislander Ferry

If you're crossing the water between New Zealand's North and South Islands, taking the Interislander ferry is an attractive option to consider. The ferry crosses Cook Strait through the Marlborough Sounds on its journey between the Wellington and Picton.More »

5. Lake Wakatipu Cruise

In Queenstown, you may wish to take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu on a well-maintained 1912 twin screw steamer Earnshaw. Cross the lake to farms on Walter homestead, view Cecil and Coronet Peaks, and enjoy the scenic landscape around Queenstown.More »

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