Norwegian Cruise Line’s voyages to Australia and New Zealand offer something for everyone, from thrill-seekers and nature purists to history buffs and culinary aficionados. Most Norwegian Cruise Line itineraries visit ports in both Australia and New Zealand, and some voyages even feature exotic stops in Indonesia, Malaysia or Singapore. Australian ports of call include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin, while popular New Zealand ports include Auckland, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier and Tauranga. As you sail throughout Australasia, you’ll be stunned by the untouched landscapes, pristine beaches, abundant wildlife and varied landscapes – and that’s just the natural side! Throughout your adventure, you’ll be able to learn more about Australia’s Aboriginal people or New Zealand’s Maori history. For travelers seeking an enlightening, unforgettable natural and cultural discovery, look no farther than an Australia and New Zealand cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line.
Things to Do on an Australia and New Zealand Cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line
In Australia and New Zealand from Norwegian Cruise Line, there’s so much to do that figuring out where to begin is a daunting task all by itself. Fortunately for you, our experienced cruise experts can help plan an itinerary that meets your needs and brings you to the destinations that you most want to see. Whether it’s climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, listening to folklore tales of Outback adventures, exploring the Great Barrier Reef or visiting the magical world of Lord of the Rings, there are countless memories to be made throughout Australia and New Zealand. Continue below for sample activities and experiences that could be enjoyed on a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation to Australia and New Zealand.
Tour Australia’s Blue Mountains (Sydney, Australia)
One of Australia’s biggest draws is its beautiful scenery, which is perfectly embodied in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney. Travel by bus, rail and cable-car throughout the mountainous terrain to the Eco Point Lookout – where you’ll be able to view the famous “Three Sisters” rock formation – and then down into the rainforest valley below.
Auckland Wine Tour (Auckland, New Zealand)
Sample the award-winning wines of New Zealand’s northern wine region. An in-depth winery tour could even take you through a few of Kumeu Wine Country’s finest vineyards while teaching you how the unique climate helps produce these fantastic red and white New Zealand wines. The expert local winemakers can also provide pairing tips for crafting the perfect meal!
Rainforest Habitat (Cairns, Australia)
Enjoy a breathtaking coastal drive to Port Douglas to visit the incomparable Rainforest Habitat, home to several unique species of birds, reptiles and mammals. A guided tour through the Rainforest Habitat will provide visitors with insight into the daily lives of both the animals and their caretakers. You can also spend time in Port Douglas or nearby Four Mile Beach, the perfect spot for a sunny nap.
Kayaking & Glow Worm Cave (Tauranga, New Zealand)
Enjoy a workout with a view while kayaking around Lake Rotoiti. Your guided kayak tour will lead you around islands and into a glowworm cave. Cut the lights and take in their natural glow, then paddle onward to Manupirua Beach where you can hike around or rest those arm muscles with a dip in the rejuvenating waters of the nearby geothermal pools.
Koala Sanctuary (Brisbane, Australia)
With so many unique animal species in the Land Down Under, one would be remiss to travel all the way to Australia and not enjoy the wildlife – especially koala bears! Located just outside of Brisbane, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary allows guests to get up-close-and-personal with cuddly koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and more. You can even feed some of the sanctuary’s wildlife.
Great Barrier Reef Experience (Cairns, Australia)
Perhaps the most treasured (and famous) of Australia’s many natural landmarks is the Great Barrier Reef, home to thousands of fascinating underwater creatures. Depending on your Norwegian Cruise Line itinerary, guests may have the opportunity to spend a full day at the reef to snorkel or SCUBA dive part of the world’s largest coral reef. Make sure you bring your underwater camera!