Auckland, New Zealand - Australia & New Zealand Cruises

In a nation where stunning scenery is taken for granted, this water wonderland sparkles like a freshly polished jewel. Over 48 extinct volcanoes cloaked in wild mountainous scenery encircle the “City of Sails”. An undulating succession of bays and inlets stretch along its endless shores. Even the downtown area with its expansive, farm-like parks exudes a sense of spacious beauty.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Leisurely Auckland

    Enjoy a leisurely drive around the bustling city of Auckland.

    Leisurely Auckland

    Embark on a scenic drive through the vibrant city of Auckland. As you cross the Harbour Bridge, you will be provided with views of Westhaven Marina and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (Auckland's most prestigious yacht club) before passing by the attractive waterfront area with its two lovely bays to the picturesque suburbs of St Heliers.

    Your knowledgeable guide will provide an interesting commentary on Auckland's history and local life as you continue on to one of the city's vantage points. From here, you can enjoy stunning city and harbour views as well as a vista of some of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.

    Your leisurely drive will continue through the charming Parnell Village with its colonial-style shops, boutiques and craft shops, past the historic Auckland War Memorial Museum and on through the bustling central business district back to the port.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The main sights are seen from the comfort of your coach. There are toilet facilities at Bastion Point. In the event of traffic congestion, an alternative waterfront viewpoint may be used.

    Tour code

    AKL_015

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Search Category: Panoramic

    • Search Category: Towns and Cities

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Auckland Nature & Countryside

    Discover Auckland's beautiful countryside, complete with working farm and a visit to a fascinating gannet colony.

    Auckland Nature & Countryside

    Enjoy the sights as your guide points out the city highlights before reaching the wine growing areas and farming districts. You will pass the Kumeu and Huapai townships and before reaching the coastal community of Muriwai. On the wild cliff tops, overlooking the beach and surrounding rugged scenery, you will walk amongst native plants to a special lookout, where you will see one of the largest mainland gannet colonies in the world.

    The lookout is close to the birds and, dependent upon the season and time of day, you may be able to observe their various activities such as nesting, feeding and displaying. Gannets are spectacular aeronauts and you should be able to see their wonderful displays as they dive for fish and bring their catches to the nest site.

    From Muriwai, continue to the Kaipara Peninsula and Haumoana Farm. This working farm provides the ideal opportunity to enjoy time in the beautiful New Zealand countryside. Sheep and cattle are reared here on a commercial basis and there is also a herd of fallow deer in a field behind the house.

    An authentic New Zealand lunch including local wines and beers will be served at the farm, followed by a demonstration of the working sheep dogs and sheep shearing.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The walk to the gannet lookout is 400 yards over gravel paths. The order of highlights may vary.

    Tour code

    AKL_007

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Search Category: Countryside and Scenery

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • New World Wine & Scenery

    Enjoy tasting and learning about New World wine in some truly picturesque surroundings.

    New World Wine & Scenery

    Take a drive through Auckland’s city centre to the Kumeu River Valley and the surrounding viticulture region for a visit to three of the country's premium wine estates. Enjoy guided tours and tasting of New Zealand Rieslings, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs.

    Soljans Winery, situated at the gateway of Kumeu Classic Wine Country, offers a complete winery experience. The vineyard surrounding the winery is planted with Pinotage, Merlot and Pinot Gris but like most Auckland wineries, Soljans draws the majority of its grapes from New Zealand’s major wine growing regions.

    Matua Valley Wines have taken advantage of the unique regional qualities to create innovative and distinguished wines. The winemakers are perfectionists at every point of the wine making process and are constantly searching for new ideas to challenge the norms and improve the wines.

    Nobilo Winery was founded in 1943 by Croat immigrant Nikola Nobilo whose family history and winemaking background stretches back over 300 years in Europe. Nobilo wines are internationally acclaimed, especially the classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, which have received numerous awards and accolades over many years.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The order of itinerary may be reversed to avoid congestion. There is a limited amount of walking on level, paved surfaces. In the event of circumstances beyond our control, venues will be substituted for a similar venue. Guests under 18 years old are not permitted to participate in the wine tasting.

    Tour code

    AKL_012

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Search Category: Countryside and Scenery

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World

    Discover an underwater world, enjoy an Antarctic encounter and absorb the vast panorama from the top of the Auckland Sky Tower.

    Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World

    Visit the Auckland Sky Tower, which standing at 1,076 feet, is the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere. With its two observation decks and revolving restaurant it offers unparalleled views coast to coast. Glass-fronted lifts will whisk you to the glass floored main observation deck where you will see Auckland beneath your feet.

    After a short waterfront drive you will arrive at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter. This is one of Auckland's most popular attractions, a wonderland of snow, ice and underwater sights.

    The Underwater World contains a moving walkway that will transport you through clear acrylic tunnels for a first hand experience of the treasures of the deep. See the rich variety of species from New Zealand's coastal waters and come face to face with sharks, turtles, giant rays and other incredible deep sea creatures.

    The Antarctic Encounter is home to New Zealand's only sub-Antarctic penguins, offering a rare opportunity to see the magnificent King and Gentoo penguins up close in their icy domain. You will also be able to walk through a replica of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic hut from 1911, complete with authentic memorabilia offers a glimpse at what it was like to live 100 years ago in the coldest place on earth.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is approximately 45 minutes of total walking throughout the tour on level surfaces. All venues are fully accessible wheelchair accessible.

    Tour code

    AKL_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Search Category: Panoramic

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Rotorua & the Thermal Valley

    An amazing day which includes farming displays, Maori culture and thermal wonders all set in Rotorua's stunning surroundings.

    Rotorua & the Thermal Valley

    From Auckland, you will travel south along the motorway, over the Bombay Hills and into the fertile dairy lands of the Waikato River Valley. Driving through beautiful rugged countryside and dense forest you will reach the famous geothermal area of Rotorua.

    Enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon at a local hotel, whilst being entertained by a Maori concert performance. The performance includes many traditional action songs, including the haka, a fierce, challenging dance, which is accompanied by a chant.

    After luncheon, a visit will be made to the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. You will be met by a Maori guide for a tour through the thermal area to see the bubbling mud pools, springs and geysers. Close by, you'll have the rare opportunity to glimpse a pre-European Maori society in a recreated Maori Village. Absorb the Maori culture as you discover the various traditions whilst watching the carvers and weavers at work.

    Your next stop is the Agrodome where you will see a unique live show featuring 19 different breeds of sheep. An interesting and entertaining commentary is given, along with displays of sheep dogs working and sheep shearing.

    On the return journey to Auckland, via Matamata and the Hauraki Plain, sit back and reflect on your day's experiences.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is a total of 30 minutes; walking on level, paved paths. The journey to Rotorua is approximately three hours each way, comfort stops are made en route. Comfortable, enclosed shoes, bottled water and a sweater are recommended. The order of highlights may vary.

    Tour code

    AKL_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Search Category: Countryside and Scenery

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    12 hours

  • America's Cup Experience

    An once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the thrill of sailing as part of a team on an America's Cup yacht.

    America's Cup Experience

    The America's Cup is the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite yacht owners, America's Cup Class yachts NZL 68 and NZL 41 offer the unique opportunity to race an authentic America's Cup yacht, the equivalent to driving a Formula 1 race car.

    Your two hour sailing experience starts in the Viaduct Harbour where you meet the professional crew and are taken through a safety briefing. The sails are hoisted and you will become the crew, encouraged to take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or if you prefer you can simply sit back and enjoy the action as you sail down the beautiful Auckland Harbour.

    Experience is not required and the yachts are suitable for everyone from experienced racers to the most apprehensive first time sailor.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by yacht and on foot. A 15 minute walk along flat terrain is required to reach the berth of the America's Cup yacht. Soft soled, non-slip shoes should be worn. Toilet facilities on board the vessels are basic. Pregnant women and children under ten cannot participate.

    Tour code

    AKL_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Search Category: Activity

    • Search Category: Beach and Water

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Devonport & North Shore Panorama

    Discover Devonport's unique heritage, speciality shops, spectacular panoramic views and colonial architecture.

    Devonport & North Shore Panorama

    Enjoy a scenic drive to the beautiful suburbs of Devonport, which will afford unsurpassed views of the city icons, via Mount Victoria and North Head. From Mount Victoria, you will have spectacular views of North Shore city, the gulf and Auckland City as well as remnants of the Kawerau tribe fortifications. North Head has panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf, the Takapuna Region and Rangitoto Island and contains an extensive collection of military tunnels.

    Devonport, a historical maritime village nestled on Auckland's North Shore, is one of the earliest settled areas and most noted for its timber colonial architecture. In the 1880’s much farm land was subdivided and large wooden villas were built in a style that has now become part of Devonport's charm. The wooden villas have been lovingly restored and repainted, and beautiful gardens developed around them to enhance their glory. Most of the houses are built of solid timber from the Kauri tree, Agatha's Australis, a native tree known for its straight growth habit and lack of knots. Enjoy a guided tour of the Devonport Peninsula, enjoying the colonial architecture and peaceful tranquillity of this historical village, followed by free time to explore the speciality shops.

    Return to Auckland via the ferry at your own leisure.


    This excursion will operate by coach or minibus and Ferry. The guided tour of Devonport takes approximately 30 minutes, however this is optional.

    Tour code

    AKL_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Search Category: Beach and Water

    • Search Category: Panoramic

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Auckland City Sights

    Combine Auckland’s main sights with a visit to the War Memorial Museum to gain a fascinating insight into Maori culture and history.

    Auckland City Sights

    During an interesting drive through the city of Auckland and across the Harbour Bridge, you will pass many of its major points of interest. You will notice how downtown Auckland’s shopping and office complexes contrast with the restored Victorian buildings of the city’s suburbs and Parnell Village with its colonial-style shops. A stop will be made at Bastion Point to enjoy panoramic views of the city and Waitemata Harbour.

    Your next stop will be the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which overlooks Waitemata Harbour. It is one of the country’s most important museums and war memorials telling the story of New Zealand and its people. You will be given a guided tour around the museum and see its intriguing collection of exhibits about New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, including the largest collection of Maori and Polynesian artefacts in the country and an 82-foot war canoe, chiselled from an entire Totara tree.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Guests who wish to explore the Museum independently may opt out of the guided tour. The lighting in the Museum is dim to protect the exhibits. The Museum is fully wheelchair accessible. There are toilet facilities at Bastion Point. In the event of traffic congestion, an alternative waterfront viewpoint may be used.

    Tour code

    AKL_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Search Category: Panoramic

    • Search Category: Towns and Cities

    Duration

    4 hours

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