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Cruises from Australia to New Zealand

The cruise lines, deals and top cruises to discover New Zealand’s beauty by water from Australia.

Cruises from Australia to New Zealand are the perfect week-long getaways.

They explore mountain-fringed coastlines, sail past spectacular fiords and stop at main cities for adventurous and relaxing activities.

Most cruises from Australia to New Zealand are round trip, ending in the same city that you started in.

Top deals on cruises from Australia to New Zealand


Up to 45% off Australia and New Zealand cruises

Available on select dates in 2023 with Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line and more. Sample rate is for a 3-night cruise with Carnival Cruises.

Where do cruises from Australia sail to in New Zealand?

Cruises from Australia can sail into a number of different ports in New Zealand. This includes:

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Dunedin
  • Christchurch
  • Fiordland Park

Which cruise lines sail from Australia to New Zealand?

Our picks: Top cruises from Australia to New Zealand

Where do cruises depart from in Australia?

Cruises to New Zealand depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle.

  • Sydney: Cruises depart from the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay and White Bay Cruise Terminal in Balmain. Both are 30 minutes drive from Sydney Airport.
  • Melbourne: Cruises depart from Station Pier, which is a 30 minute drive from Melbourne Airport.
  • Brisbane: Cruises depart from the Portside Wharf Cruises Terminal, which is a 10 minute ride from Brisbane Airport.
  • Fremantle: Cruises depart from Fremantle Cruise Terminal. Perth Airport is a 50-minute ride away.

Airport to cruise terminal transfers

Sydney and Brisbane both have shuttle services to take you from the airports to the port. You can book these at Viator.

Transfer from Sydney City Hotel to Sydney Cruise Port
Transfer from Sydney City Hotel to Sydney Cruise Port


Transfer from White Bay Cruise Terminal to Sydney Airport
Transfer from White Bay Cruise Terminal to Sydney Airport


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    GeoffOctober 20, 2023

    When would be an appropriate time to book a Cruise from Australia around New Zealand?

      ChrisNovember 18, 2023Finder

      Hi Geoff, that depends. Are you looking to get the best price, or the best experience?

      The peak summer season is ideal if you want to partake in lots of swimming and outdoor activities while in full-fledged holiday mode. However, you’ll need to pay a premium and you can expect larger crowds onboard.

      Some cruisegoers prefer shoulder seasons (i.e. – Spring and Autumn) when temperatures are milder. There are usually fewer tourists during these months too.

      Naturally, winter provides the most affordable packages but they come with a higher risk of poor weather. (This is not necessarily a bad thing if you’re planning on visiting New Zealand’s North Island and want to see some snow.)

      If I was planning a trip, I’d be looking at sometime between October and November, but it really depends on what you’re hoping to get out of the trip.

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