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Fiordland National Park

AUCKLAND

Built on a narrow strip of land between two islandstudded harbours; Auckland is renowned

for its beauty

and where ever you are in the city, you're never far from

the water. From wild West Coast surf beaches to the

tranquil Hauraki Gulf, the sea and all its attractions are

why Auckland is known as the City of Sails. It's also New

Zealand's largest city, with everything from top-end

designer stores to open air street markets and diverse

cafes, restaurants and nightlife. Favourite downtown

spots include Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour

and the Britomart precinct. If you're a lover of wine you

can head out to one of Auckland's four distinct wine

districts, where you can sample the local wine against a

backdrop of rolling hills and the sparkling ocean.

AKAROA

Located in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is

rich with beautiful bays, French and English colonial

history and the largest little penguin colony on the

mainland. It's also home to the rarest and smallest

marine dolphin and lots of water sports-kayaking,

sailboats, also hiking paths and cycle tours. Pick up a

unique souvenir from one of the many local craft shops

and boutiques.

BAY OF ISLANDS

Many consider this subtropical micro-region to have

some of the world's finest beaches. It's also the ideal

place to partake in more active pursuits, such as

kayaking, mountain-biking, para-sailing, swimming with

dolphins and scuba-diving.

DUNEDIN

Nestled in tree-clad hills on the South East coast of

the South Island, Dunedin is New Zealand's largest city

by area and arguably the most spectacular in terms of

contrasting landscapes. Known as the "Edinburgh of

New Zealand" Dunedin is a Kiwi city where Scottish

heritage can be found everywhere, you'll find the

statue of Robert Burns in the Octagon as well as New

Zealand's only scotch distillery and kilt shop. The city

boasts a wealth of distinguished architecture, including

Dunedin train station with its elaborate Victorian facade,

extravagant tile floors and etched glass work. Other

points of interest are Larnach Castle, the untamed

landscape of the Otago Peninsula and the Botanical

Gardens.

FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK

One of the highlights on a cruise to New Zealand

are the sparkling Fiords and dramatic beauty of the

Fiordland National Park. Made up of 14 fiords and

five icy-blue lakes, this UNESCO World Heritage site

provides some of the most spectacular scenic cruising

in the world, where ancient rainforests cling impossibly

to the mountains and waterfalls tumble hundreds of

metres into massive fiords. Most cruises will take in

three of the most famous stretches of water (Milford,

Dusky and Doubtful Sound) all in one day!

WELLINGTON

Located at the southern tip of the North Island and

nestled between a beautiful harbour and rolling

green hills, Wellington is New Zealand's capital city.

The city has a wealth of cultural attractions with many

art galleries and museums, including the Te Papa

Tongarewa Museum, which is noted as one of the

finest interactive museums in the world; the museum

is located on the waterfront at Queens Wharf which

makes for a pleasant walk from the city centre. For

lovers of food and wine the city boasts over 300

eateries to choose from, and is famous for its tucked

away bars, quirky cafes and award winning restaurants.

Akaroa

Bay of Islands

Wellington

New Zealand

Destination Focus

The Maori people of New Zealand call it 'Aotearoa' - meaning the Land of the Long White Cloud. It's the youngest country in the

world, and is brimming with captivating sights and experiences. In this month's destination focus we look at some of the key ports

of call you'll discover on a typical Australia & New Zealand Cruise.

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