‘Must book in advance’ New Zealand cruise shore excursions
You’ve settled into your stateroom, slept onboard overnight, and savoured the deluxe delights of sea life… you’re in heaven. But the pleasures and leisure time of cruising aren’t limited to the chair-strewn decks and formal dinner affairs. Get out, see the sights, and find out more about New Zealand!
You’ve nailed down which types of cruise shore excursions suit you, putting together a general plan but… Inside secret? The following must-do shore excursions demand pre-booking to guarantee a coveted spot. So, don’t miss out.
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The first stop on this full-day tour is a visit to the Kawiti Glowworm Caves. The tour then takes you to Kawakawa, the only town in New Zealand that is home to a railway track through the middle of town, the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway. Next you will visit the Puketi Forest, containing magnificent kauri trees. Here you can visit Te Tangi o te Tui, the fourth-largest kauri tree in the country with a height of 50.9m and a diameter of 3.94m.
You will finish your day with a visit to Kerikeri, famous for its Makana Chocolates. While munching on your treats, make sure to visit The Stone Store, New Zealand’s oldest building, and adjacent Kemp House, the oldest standing European building in New Zealand.
The geothermal city of Rotorua is a magnet for travellers, who come to discover volcanic phenomena and learn about New Zealand’s Maori culture. On this tour you will enjoy a Maori cultural performance in an authentic arae (meeting grounds). Watch the famed Pohutu Geyser, the undisputed star of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, erupt up to 20 times a day to heights of 30m at Te Puia, and see the native kiwi bird in its nocturnal habitat.
Sightseeing also includes the historic Bathhouse and Government Gardens, the Blue Baths and Polynesian Spa, before heading back to the ship by an alternative route.
Say g’day to Gandalf on this half-day tour of Wellington, combining city sight-seeing with Middle Earth exploration, including a guided tour of the prop-making exhibition at Weta Workshop! A real what’s what of Wellywood (a local play on Wellington and Hollywood), you’ll spend time inside and outside, breathing in the views of Mt Victoria before diving into the lush Green Belt, a forest filming location specifically chosen for its natural beauty.
You’ll also see Courtenay Place and the famous Embassy Theatre, the home of world premieres, glitz, and the occasional dash of glamour. Not to be missed! Do you want a bit more detail?
Our Worry-Free guarantee extends to some of the most in-demand New Zealand tours and locations, from the Marlborough Sounds of Picton to the highlights of Hawke’s Bay.
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