Cruises New Zealand | Discover Amazing Deals on Budget-friendly Kiwi Cruises | UK

Cruises New Zealand | Discover Amazing Deals on Budget-friendly Kiwi Cruises | UK

Cruises in Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, is known for its stunning harbors, vibrant city life, and diverse cultural attractions. Explore the iconic Sky Tower, which offers panoramic views of the city, or wander through the bustling waterfront precinct of Viaduct Harbour. Discover the city's rich Maori and Polynesian heritage at the Auckland War Memorial Museum or embark on a sailing adventure in the "City of Sails." With its combination of urban excitement and natural beauty, Auckland is a popular stop on South Pacific and Australian cruise itineraries.

1430A

36-Day Tahiti, Hawaii & South Pacific Crossing

  • 21 Sep 2024 - 28 Oct 2024
  • Vancouver
  • Sydney
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Princess

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1430B

30-Day Tahiti, Hawaii & South Pacific Crossing

  • 21 Sep 2024 - 22 Oct 2024
  • Vancouver
  • Auckland
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Princess

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1431

29-Day Tahiti, Hawaii & South Pacific Crossing

  • 28 Sep 2024 - 28 Oct 2024
  • Los Angeles
  • Sydney
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Princess

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1431A

23-Day Tahiti, Hawaii & South Pacific Crossing

  • 28 Sep 2024 - 22 Oct 2024
  • Los Angeles
  • Auckland
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Princess

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1431B

23-Day Tahiti, Hawaii & South Pacific Crossing

  • 04 Oct 2024 - 28 Oct 2024
  • Honolulu
  • Sydney
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Princess

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1431C

17-Day Tahiti, Hawaii & South Pacific Crossing

  • 04 Oct 2024 - 22 Oct 2024
  • Honolulu
  • Auckland
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Princess

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1431D

6-Day Australia & New Zealand

  • 22 Oct 2024 - 28 Oct 2024
  • Auckland
  • Sydney
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Princess

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14-Day New Zealand

  • 16 Nov 2024 - 30 Nov 2024
  • Sydney
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  • Princess Cruises
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Introduction to Auckland

Located on the North Island of New Zealand, Auckland is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city nestled between two harbours. It's home to approximately 1.5 million people, making it New Zealand's largest city. The grandeur of Auckland lies in its diverse landscapes, ranging from glorious beaches and lush forests to a bustling urban cityscape. But what truly sets it apart is its unique appeal to the cruise holiday makers.

The charm of Auckland lies in the blend of its urban life and the natural beauty surrounding it. From its iconic Sky Tower and the historic architecture of the city centre to sun-kissed beaches and extravagant vineyards, Auckland offers an array of experiences. Cruise passengers enjoy docking at some of the world's most scenic ports, such as Waitematā Harbour or Manukau Harbour, exposing them to a mix of Aboriginal Maori culture and modern Kiwi life.

Many top cruise lines, such as Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, and Holland America Line, offer cruises to Auckland. Their unique offerings include bespoke sailing itineraries that reveal Auckland's best-kept secrets and on-shore excursions that cater to both leisurely and thrill-seeking travellers. Furthermore, these cruise lines feature state-of-the-art facilities, boasting a blend of luxury and comfort which are second to none.

Cruise Prune's Pick: Consider cruising to Auckland between March and May. This time offers warm, sunny days with fewer crowds, and cruise fares tend to be cheaper. On average, cruising to Auckland can cost anywhere from £800 to £3000 ($1000-$4000), depending on the cruise line, cabin selection, and duration of the voyage.

Unveiling Auckland: Delights Awaiting Cruise Vacationers

Brimming with an array of sights, Auckland is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. As a cruise vacationer, you will discover a unique blend of natural beauty and vibrant city life that offers a distinctively captivating experience.

Immerse yourself in a world filled with sights that are beguiling and enchanting. From picturesque landscapes to fascinating cultural artifacts, Auckland's attractions weave a tapestry of experiences that linger long after your voyage.

▪️ Sky Tower

As you disembark, look up, and there she stands - the Sky Tower. Open from 9am daily, this iconic symbol of Auckland towers above the city. From its observation decks, cruise tourists get a bird's eye panorama of the sprawling city and shimmering harbour.

▪️ Auckland Art Gallery

In the heart of the city is the Auckland Art Gallery. Open daily, this landmark houses a rich collection of traditional and contemporary art. For cruisers with a cultural bend, this is your chance to delve into the island's artistic heritage.

▪️ Waiheke Island

Next stop, Waiheke Island. A cruise and 40-minute ferry ride from the mainland, this is a paradise of vineyards, sandy beaches, and stunning trails. The island is a trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered by our explorative cruisers.

▪️ Auckland War Memorial Museum

Home to New Zealand's historical narratives, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a must-visit. The museum opens at 10am and gives cruisers a chance to explore the rich past and present of the Maori people and the islands' diverse fauna.

Cruise Prune's Pick: Waiheke Island. A hidden oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this charming island provides the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Explore its vineyards and beaches, or trek along its trails, Waiheke truly embodies the spirit of Auckland.

Discover Auckland in One Day: Bespoke Cruise Itineraries

Step off your cruise ship and directly into a day's adventure that encapsulates the very essence of Auckland with Cruise Prune's special one-day itineraries. Every itinerary has been carefully designed keeping in mind your cruising lifestyle, making exploration of this beautiful city hassle-free and flexible. Experience Auckland and its myriad attractions with our local spirit-infused itineraries tailored exclusively for our cruising guests.

Family Outing 🧡

Step off the cruise ship and directly into a day of Mikano's entertaining marine life, a picnic at Cornwall Park, and a playful evening at Butterfly Creek. Cap your day with a sumptuous family meal at Elliot Stables.

Cruise Prune's Highlight: The Magic Broomstick Segway Tours at Devonport are sure to be an exciting experience for the whole family!

Adrenaline Fuelled Day 🎒

Embark on an exhilarating adventure with bungee jumping off the Harbour Bridge. Continue the excitement with a hike to the summit of Mt. Eden Volcano. Settle for a late lunch at a nearby café.

Cruise Prune's Preferred Pick: Our adventurous travelers thoroughly enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas from the top of Mt. Eden Volcano!

Historical Expedition 🏦

Discover Auckland's rich history with a visit to the Auckland Museum, explore the marvellous architecture of Auckland Town Hall, engage in a guided tour of Alberton 1863 house museum and enjoy a historical dining experience at The Grand Old Dame.

Cruise Prune's Feature: Our history enthusiasts particularly love the intricately detailed Alberton 1863 house museum tour!

Auckland's Savory Eats Await Cruise Lovers

Auckland, a golden destination for cruise holiday makers, is a melting pot of delicious cuisine that sings the songs of local produce. A visit to Auckland wouldn't be complete without delving into their enticing local gastronomy. Their national dish, the Hangi, is an absolute must-try, a traditional Maori meal cooked in a pit oven.

The city's cuisine is a tantalizing mix of textures and flavor profiles that are exclusive to Auckland. Diverse food stalls and sophisticated restaurants alike invite curious travelers to explore new delectable delights.

Let's embark on a culinary journey by exploring some distinct Auckland delights that you as a cruise holiday maker should not miss. Cherish these unique foods as part of your cruise experience:

🥑Cruise Prune's Food Pick:

  • Lamb Roast: This is a classic Kiwi dish. Prepared from the freshest local lamb, slow-roasted to perfection, and served with vegetables.
  • Whitebait Fritter: Made from tiny fish cooked whole in an egg batter, its crispy outside and soft, delicate inside combine for a distinctive taste sensation.
  • Pavlova: A national dessert, this meringue-based marvel with lashings of fresh cream and fruits is the sweet high note you need after a hearty meal.

And now, what is a food journey without exploring the flavorful drinks of the place? In Auckland, you will find an extensive range of delightful beverages. Their popular cocktails include a refreshing Kiwi Martini and the more robust Fred Dagg's Revenge. Then there's the local wine, with vineyards producing exceptional Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Cruise Prune's Pick: Auckland's locally acclaimed Bluff Oysters. Harvested from the cold, clean waters of the Foveaux Strait, these oysters are renowned for their creamy texture and sweet taste. Coupled with a glass of local Sauvignon Blanc, it's a gastronomic heaven that carries the Cruise Prune seal of approval.

Cultural Rendezvous in Auckland

Gently nestled amid two harbors - Manukau Harbour and Waitematā Harbour - Auckland, a fusion of urban life and vibrant Maori traditions, offers a cultural journey like no other. Auckland's intriguing narrative has carefully blended into an exquisite tapestry of history, art, and performances. As a cruise holiday maker, you will find yourself ensnared by a rich palette of cultural experiences, ranging from epic Maori tales, stunning ceremonial dance performances, mesmerizing art exhibitions to refurbished colonial architecture.

But culture isn't just contained in static exhibitions or epic tales. In Auckland, it pulses in the veins of the city, erm, cruising city that is, observable in daily rituals, vibrant festivals, and an unpretentious embrace of the past. The city's panoramic views, late-night food markets, hip boutiques, and world-class attractions translate into an experiential playground that is engaging and immersive.

Up next, a 'Culture Snapshot' that cruises you through three of Auckland's most treasured cultural elements:

🎭 Auckland Arts Festival

This festival held in March, is a cultural smorgasbord of theater, dance, music and visual arts put together by the best local and international talent. An unforgettable experience not just for art enthusiasts but for all Auckland visitors. From foot-tapping music to heart-touching performances, the creativity in this festival will leave you spellbound.

🗿 Maori Carvings

Carved in wood, bone, or stone, the indigenous Maori carvings are vibrant narration of tribal genealogy, customs, and legends. The intricate details showcasing in these carvings form a chunk of Auckland's cultural ethos. Visitors can not only purchase these as souvenirs but also take carving lessons in workshops. Imagine displaying a Maori carving back home, made by you, what a conversation piece!

🌸 Pasifika Festival

An amalgamation of colors, rhythms, and flavors, the Pasifika Festival, hosted every March, projects an array of Pacific Island cultures. This festival is a showcase of music, dance, traditional sports, and food from around Pacific countries, providing you with a chance to journey across the Pacific without leaving Auckland.

Partaking in these cultural experiences is as natural as the cruise ships cutting through the clear blue waters into Auckland harbour. Visit the Tamaki Maori Village, experience an authentic hangi feast or step into the past with a guided tour of the colonial mansion at Howick Historical Village.

And now, the finale: Cruise Prune's Highlight, a cultural element that incessantly intrigues cruisers and makes for memories of a lifetime.

Cruise Prune's Culture Highlight: A traditional Maori Hangi feast, where food is slow-cooked in a pit oven using hot stones, an experience equivalent to the heart-warming Kiwi hospitality. This communal dining affair leaves our cruisers enamored by the taste, the fellowship and the intimate glimpse into Maori culture.

Cruise Prune's Secrets for a Flawless Auckland Adventure

Welcome aboard, fellow cruiser! Being well-prepared is the first step to having an unforgettable experience in the harbourside haven of Auckland. Cruise Prune's practical tips provide that vital edge, ensuring you dock with confidence. From carrying the right currency to knowing the best transport options, these insights are your paving stones to a smooth and joyful Auckland experience.

Now, set your sights on our carefully curated 'Survival Kit for Cruisers'. Filled with indispensable nuggets of information, it is designed to help you navigate the delightful city of Auckland with grace and ease. Familiarise yourself with these tips and thrive amid the vibrant Kiwi culture, captivating landscapes, and exquisite cuisine.

💡 Kiwi Currency Know-How

Auckland runs on New Zealand Dollar (NZD). International cards are widely accepted, but it's handy to have a few 'Kiwis' in your pocket for smaller transactions. Cash withdrawal points, known locally as 'ATMs', are conveniently located across the city.

💡 Safety First, Adventure Next

As lively as it is welcoming, Auckland is considered a safe city. Still, it's sensible to practice basic precautions - refrain from flaunting expensive accessories, adhere to established trails when exploring, and trust your intuition.

💡 Hop around with Ease

Auckland's public transport system is cruise-friendly. Buses, trains, and ferries offer extensive city coverage while taxis and Uber provide point-to-point services. Pedal or walk around the city centre; it's a delightful way to soak in its charm.

💡 Decode Kiwi Social Etiquette

Kiwis are notoriously laid-back and polite. Respect local customs, keep left while walking or driving, and a friendly 'Kia Ora' (hello) will work wonders in initiating pleasant interactions with the locals.

Finally, allow us to share one last morsel of wisdom to ensure your Auckland voyage sails smoothly:

Cruise Prune's Must-Know Tip: Auckland's maritime climate is a constant dance of sun and rain. Pack an umbrella, but don't let Mother Nature stop you - a raincoat can turn a drizzly day into a sightseeing spree!

Embarking on a Conscious Cruise Journey in Auckland

Welcome aboard your adventure to some of the most beautiful islands on Earth – Auckland. As seasoned cruisers, you are well acquainted with the allure of sailing to exotic locales. But have you ever considered the lasting impact your holidays may have on these destinations? Not only do your visits bring you cherished memories but they also contribute immensely to the local communities.

It's our shared responsibility to ensure this magical Auckland cruise holiday remains an enriching experience for us and a sustainable one for the port-cities we visit. Here are a few quick tips to stay eco-friendly without compromising on your adventure.

Auckland is a paradise bursting with exotic wildlife and unique marine species. As you wonder at the natural beauty, remember that simple practices can help preserve it. Limit the use of one-time-use plastic and consider reusable water bottles. Treat the local wildlife with respect - refrain from disturbing their natural habitats. All taps on board are perfectly fine for refilling your bottles, and remember, a little effort by each of us can contribute massively towards preserving Auckland’s pristine environment.

Embarking on your Auckland journey is not complete without indulging in local delicacies, exploring quaint shops, or enjoying a local Maori cultural tour. Supporting local businesses not only boosts the economy, but it also allows for a richer, more engaging experience. Savour the authenticity and remember, your purchase could be somebody's livelihood.

Immerse yourself safely and sustainably in Auckland using our responsible travel tips:

✅ Safeguarding Your Health

While Auckland generally enjoys a mild climate, remember to wear sunblock and stay hydrated during the summer months. Carry personal medication as per necessity; your well-being is most important during travels.

✅ Respecting Maori Customs

A visit to a Marae, or Maori meeting ground, is a treasured experience. Remember that the Maori people value their customs. Removing your shoes before entering and not sitting on tables or countertops are some respectful practices.

✅ Caring for Local Wildlife

Auckland is a haven for incredible wildlife. While moving about, keep a respectful distance from domestic and wildlife animals for their safety and yours.

Every cruise is an opportunity to contribute positively to the locales we leisurely sail into. So as we journey through Auckland, let's remember - the charm of conscious, responsible travel is not just in reading, but in practicing. It's these mindful gestures that make our cruise voyage a gratifying and sustainable adventure.

Cruise Prune's Must-Know Tip: While cruising in Auckland, make a habit of carrying a reusable water bottle. It's a small but significant step towards a more sustainable, plastic-free journey.

Embarking on Adventure: Auckland's Premier Ports

With its rugged coasts and emergent skyline, Auckland's bustling ports serve as more than just a gateway, they're the starting chapter to your cruising story. Preparing you for the city's unique charisma, these ports draw you into a tapestry of Maori tradition, modern city-life, and stunning natural beauty.

Ports in Auckland are renowned for their state-of-the-art terminal facilities. Seamless docking procedures, a slew of high-end boutiques for shopping, charming cafes for dining, and ubiquitous Wi-Fi availability add an element of convenience to the exhilaration. Given New Zealand's commitment to sustainable design, you'll also find the ports reflecting unique and environmentally-friendly architectural aesthetics.

Stepping off your ship in Auckland, a myriad of shore excursions await. Set sail on a guided tour of Waitematā Harbour, brave the waves in a thrilling water sports adventure, delve into the local boutiques at Victoria Park Market, or craft your own unique piece of pottery under the guidance of seasoned local creatives.

The area around Auckland's ports teems with life and beauty. Leisure seekers can enjoy serene parks, sun-drenched coastal walkways, and warm, sandy beaches. Suspended between the urban and the natural, it's a paradise where visitors can recline against a tree in Myers Park or browse through local produce at the Britomart Farmers Market.

Auckland's ports are your portal to a wealth of attractions. Visit the captivating Auckland War Memorial Museum, delve into New Zealand's history at the Howick Historical Village, or soak in panoramic views from the iconic Sky Tower. Proximity to the city centre ensures these attractions are just a short bus ride or a pleasant walk away from the port.

For those seeking a one-of-a-kind experience, the Ports of Auckland offer incredible sightseeing cruises. You'll see the city from a fresh perspective, skirting past renowned landmarks while riding the gentle swells of the Hauraki Gulf.

The magic of Auckland begins at its ports. Brimming with exciting opportunities, these strategic locations offer the ideal blend of convenience and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Every glance, every step enriches your cruising experience, ushering you into a city that promises fond memories even before you delve into its heart.

Cruise Prune's Essential Tip: Leave only footprints, take only photographs. Auckland's beauty lies in its pristine environment and cultural heritage. Let's keep it this way by demonstrating responsible travel. Protect wildlife, respect local customs, and ensure Auckland remains as enchanting for future cruisers as it is for you today.

Your Top Cruise Questions Answered for Your Auckland Adventure

If you're planning a cruise holiday to Auckland, you may naturally have a few questions or concerns about your forthcoming trip. We've compiled the most common inquiries we receive from experienced and first-time cruisers alike. Whether it's about the local cuisine, hidden gems, or even the weather, our detailed responses will make your Auckland cruise a breeze.

Here are the essential FAQs and the most comprehensive answers we have prepared for any potential cruiser to Auckland:

Auckland's climate is mild all year round, with the summer season falling between December and February. Expect temperatures around 20-30°C (68-86°F) and don't forget your sunscreen! The winter season, from June to August, is cooler with temperatures ranging around 15-20°C (59-68°F). Although rain can occur at any time of the year, it's typically lighter in summer. We suggest packing versatile clothing for any weather eventuality.

The Auckland cruise port is conveniently situated right in downtown Auckland, making it remarkably easy for cruisers to explore the city. Various modes of transport, including taxis and public buses, are readily available at the cruise terminal. Auckland's city center is pedestrian-friendly and has several mobility options for those needing assistance. The city's sights and attractions are within an easy reach.

Auckland is a cultural tapestry of landmarks and activities. You must visit the iconic Sky Tower for panoramic city and harbor views. Visit the vibrant Viaduct Harbour, brimming with restaurants and bars. For nature lovers, the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park, and the serene Wintergardens are both must-visits. A ferry trip to the volcanic Rangitoto Island for a scenic hike is also highly recommended.

Even beyond Auckland's popular attractions lie unique experiences awaiting curious cruisers. For culinary adventurers, a food tour around Auckland's local markets and eateries promises gastronomical delights. Discover Maori culture in Auckland Museum or explore the vineyards at Waiheke Island. Don't miss an opportunity to experience a traditional hangi feast or a haka performance either. Each offers a glimpse into the rich history and culture of New Zealand.

Final Port of Call: Unforgettable Auckland

Casting off the lines of this odyssey, it seems almost an understatement to reduce our enchanting exploration of Auckland to mere words. This city of sails is a symphony of sights, sounds, and experiences, further amplified by the unique vantage point offered by our cruising journey.

Auckland, veiled in its distinctive charm, is a treasure trove for cruise holidaymakers. Imagine the city's sweeping skyline viewed from the deck, an architectural jigsaw interspersed with snippets of the sea and lush parks. The natural layout of the land, akin to an artist's masterpiece, cohabits harmoniously with Auckland's urban charisma, creating an occasional backdrop of volcanic cones rising into the sky.

It's not only about the scenic allure. Auckland lavishes its visitors with an array of irresistible destinations and experiences. Amble around Parnell, the city's oldest suburb with a flair for boutique shopping and captivating history. Or experience a cornucopia of flavors in the buzzing Food Alley. Better yet, sip decadently on locally brewed wines on Waiheke Island. The hospitality grace of Aucklanders is indeed the icing on the cake—warm, genuine, and inviting.

Adding intrigue to this destination is the tantalizing flame, Sky Tower. The tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower is not merely an architectural marvel, but a beacon in the night, attracting celebrities and tourists alike. This city, illuminated under a gentle shower of stars, persistently asserts its global appeal in the most elegant, humble manner.

Nestled in this conclusion is a heartfelt invitation, not merely to visit a place, but to embark on an expedition of experiences, emotions and enduring memories. To sail towards on Auckland is to pen your own tale of adventure, a story informed by the city, but crafted by your heart. An exotic blend of cosmopolitan sophistication tempered with nature's artistic masterstrokes — Auckland awaits, to gift you your unforgettable cruise holiday.

🌟Cruise Prune's Auckland Highlight: Beyond Auckland's vibrant city life and breathtaking landscapes, the city hosts the Auckland Lantern Festival annually - an event celebrating Chinese New Year with thousands of beautiful lanterns. Coincide your cruise to join in this radiant celebration, illuminating Auckland's night sky.