If you’re looking to spend some time out on the water while you are in New Zealand, then Auckland is the perfect place. The City of Sails has a huge range of cruises to offer from day tours to extended adventures. Auckland is a sailor’s paradise and has a vessel and cruise to suit the most avid seafarer. Auckland accommodation is within easy reach of all departure points. Lunch, dinner and coffee cruises take you on a leisurely sail out on Auckland’s Waitamata harbour while the racing enthusiast will enjoy a sailing experience to remember on board an America’s cup maxi. Take the helm, help the crew or just sit back and enjoy the thrill as you reach down towards the harbour bridge.
Take an evening dinner cruise for a stunning view of the Auckland City lights. Comfortable power catamarans take day trips and overnight cruises to some of the more beautiful attractions in the Auckland area. Choose from a day trip to Waiheke Island with its wineries and beautiful beaches or the volcanic island of Rangitoto. Take a short ferry ride across to the pretty settlement of Devonport for shopping, coffee and chocolate. Fishing cruises are available to suit all budgets and abilities ranging from harbour fishing to deep sea game fishing and diving. Great Barrier Island is one of New Zealand’s most attractive islands and is a 2 ½ hour ferry ride from the centre of Auckland. The island has some great walking tracks which take you to natural hot springs and private beaches.
Ferries run seasonally to Great Barrier Island at Labour weekend (the end of October), the Christmas break and Easter and you need to book ahead. Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands on a day or overnight cruise combined with a bus trip to historic Paihia and Waitangi. Swim with the dolphins or watch the whales from a wildlife day cruise and discover the Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett Lighthouse. For an indulgent personalised cruise book an exclusive charter on a luxury charter vessel. Weddings, business and private functions are all catered for with five star service to match. P & O cruises depart from Auckland and cruises range from 3 day short breaks to extended cruises to Australia, Asia and the USA. Princess Cruises also specialise in New Zealand cruises to Wellington and Napier in the North Island and Picton, Dunedin and Christchurch in the South Island returning back to Auckland.
Cruises from Auckland:
- Orion Expedition Cruises - New Zealand and Sub Antarctica
- Coral Princess Cruises New Zealand
- PO Cruises