Holland America Line Australia/New Zealand Cruises

When you cruise to Australia/New Zealand with Holland America Line, you can vacation the way you desire: a lounge-laden trip, or an active voyage. You’ll have the opportunity to encounter one-of-a-kind wildlife such as the Dwarf Minke Whale, and marsupials like the koala and kangaroo. You can make your vacation a rugged adventure: trek across the Taieri Plains, explore the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, or scuba on the Great Barrier Reef. For a more relaxing trip, become a beer connoisseur during a brewery excursion or learn about the origins of cricket. Head down under and cruise to Australia/New Zealand with Holland America.


Things to Do on an Australia and New Zealand Cruise with Holland America Line


The beauty and sense of adventure is palpable in Australia and New Zealand. When cruising to Australia and New Zealand with Holland America, be sure to learn about the aboriginal cultures, see wild kangaroos and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Holland America Line Hutt River Wellington North Island New Zealand
  • Lord of the Rings Locations and Weta Cave Tour (Wellington, New Zealand)
    For fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this is a tour you can’t pass up. The majority of the movies were shot in this picturesque country. You’ll spend time near the Shire, and run along the path the Hobbits ran in the “Get off the Road” scene. Then you’ll stop at the Weta Cave which displays movie props and you’ll see the Stone Street Studios where production work on the movie was done. Your last stop is at Owhiro Bay which was the spot where Frodo and Sam reach the Gates of Mordor.


Holland America Line Corroboree Rock aborogines sanctuary Mac Donnell Ranges
  • Kedalak Kening – Night time Corroboree (Perth, Australia)
    This evening excursion from Holland America takes you to a show where you’ll see a dance performance and hear the sounds of the didgeridoo as you learn about Australia’s aboriginal community. This event also includes a sample of some of the more exotic of Australian flavors, including kangaroo and emu.


Holland America Line ship passing under Sydney Harbour bridge
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb and the Rocks from White Bay (Sydney, Australia)
    Get a spectacular view of the Sydney Opera House from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This exciting adventure has you climb with safety gear up the eastern arch of the bridge and down the western arch. Then take a walking tour to the Rocks, Sydney’s oldest village. On your tour you’ll discover many old buildings and plenty of pubs where you can stop off for a pint of beer.


Holland America Line Sky Tower in Auckland southern hemisphere
  • Antarctic Encounter and Sky Tower (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Get a glimpse of the only sub-Antarctic penguins in New Zealand and a recreation of the hut Captain Robert Scott set up on McMurdo Sound in 1911 at the Sea Life Aquarium. After this fun trip you’ll head to Parnell Village where you’ll see rose gardens and stop in a few colonial-style shops before heading to the Sky Tower, which is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you’ll get spectacular views of the city and its surroundings.


Holland America Line koala sitting on a branch
  • In the Wild! Kangaroos and Koalas (Melbourne, Australia)
    Take a journey out into the grasslands and plains of Australia to witness free roaming kangaroos, emus and exotic birds. Then head into the You Yang Ranges National Park where you will see koalas in the eucalyptus forest. Research on koala behavior is conducted here.


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  • Colonials and Convicts (Hobart, Australia)
    The mischievous Australian nature may come from the fact that the continent was once the spot for the British to send their prisoners. In Port Arthur you’ll see the former penal colony, which has several buildings that were restored. You’ll be guided through the complex’s 242 acres as you learn about the facilities’ prisoners and the colonizers that lived near the area.


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