Destination: Australia & New Zealand

New Zealand

Destination: Australia & New Zealand

New Zealand

Discover the stunning beauty of Australia

Art, Museums and Historic Treasures

Wellington’s number-one attraction, the Te Papa National Museum, showcases Māori and Pacific cultural treasures, New Zealand’s extraordinary natural life and its most important works of art. While in Akaroa, hop aboard the world-famous TranzAlpine Train for a serene journey through New Zealand’s dramatic Southern Alps.

Excursions

Delight at the sight of glittering glowworms inside Auckland’s Waitomo Grotto, and enjoy an exclusive kiij at Māori and Polynesian exhibits inAuckland. Travel along Akaroa’s Southern Alps, and see white-flippered blue penguins and New Zealand fur seals on a cruise through Akaroa Harbour. On itineraries with More Ashore Late Night calls, we stay until at least 9 p.m. in port so you can experience some of the fabulous nightlif

Landmarks

Don’t miss the famed Christchurch Botanic Gardens, which boasts the finest collection of exotic and indigenous plants in New Zealand, Port Chalmers’ Larnach Castle (the country’s only castle) or Auckland’s Sky Tower, the tallest man-made structure in the southern hemisphere.

Lifestyle and Culture

Savor the unique tastes of an authentic Māori hangi or sample award-winning wines from Picton. See how the Māori’s rich heritage comes alive in the Bay of Islands, and discover how Napier’s beautifully preserved 1930s architecture pays homage to the Māori by merging the linear symmetry of Art Deco with tribal motifs.

Natural Wonders and Landscapes

Witness the unparalleled beauty of what locals call “Godzone” (God’s own country) on a hike into Tauranga’s Wai-O-Tapu thermal valley and be rewarded with spectacular mud pools, geysers and rainbow-colored lakes. And just outside Wellington, you’ll experience a world teeming with Māori myths, rugged coasts and adorable seals. Be awestruck by the beauty of Fiordland National Park, named one of the 7 Cruise Wonders of the World by Condé Nast Traveler. And sail through the glassy waters and towering cliffs of Milford Sound, which was formed a millennia ago by massive glacial flows.

Onboard Enrichment

At Princess® we want you to enjoy an unforgettable New Zealand adventure. That’s why we’ve infused our sailings with special regional experiences, including: See traditional folkloric performances, such as the Haka Māori War Dance. Enjoy kiwi favorites served on board, including Pavlova, or Lemon Myrtle Prawns, or even a Hangi Dinner – a Māori tradition. Participate in “Festivals of the World” celebrations, such as Matariki, a Māori festival that marks the start of the Māori New Year, with ceremonial offerings and homage to whakapapa (ancestors).

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Sail into a world of surreal beauty in Fiordland National Park, where the verdant flanks of snowcapped peaks plunge into the crystalline waters of ice-carved fiords. Or visit the Tongariro National Park outside of Napier, which holds the title of first park in the world to receive UNESCO World Heritage status for both its natural and Māori spiritual and cultural value.

Unique Experiences

New Zealand’s vast, dramatic and diverse landscape is the unrivaled home of Tolkien’s mythical Middle Earth. Journey to the city of Edoras and walk in the footsteps of The Lord of the Rings in Wellington, and visit Peter Jackson’s Weta Studios. Marvel at the sight of twinkling glowworms in Auckland’s Glowworm Grotto, and explore Wellington’s Zealandia, nicknamed "Jurassic Park," in search of the giant weta – one of the world’s largest insects!

Cruises

CruiseTours

Papua New Guinea and Reef

Travel to remote and unspoiled locations while visiting local villages and witnessing fascinating cultural traditions. Guests stay in comfortable lodges in the Wewak and Sepik River regions of Papua New Guinea. Complete this extensive and highly active land tour with the Great Barrier Reef prior to the start of your voyage.

Ports

Auckland, New Zealand

From the ancient underground labyrinth known as the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the helicopter rides over the city, Auckland is a city of breathtaking extremes.