Whether you’re sailing Down Under, to the land of the Kiwis or to the far corners of the South Pacific, we’ve got the perfect blend of meaningful, unique and thrilling shore excursions that will make your cruise all the more unforgettable. Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti each have their own special allure and compelling cultural offerings. Between the Great Barrier Reef, the blue lagoons of French Polynesia and the fjords of Milford Sound, there’s also the sheer abundance of natural beauty in this part of the world that makes traveling here such a delight. Here’s what our Destination Specialists recommend when planning your cruise.
Spend the day with the French Polynesian breeze on your face as you sail Moorea’s dreamy lagoons on a catamaran or while the day away with an island-style picnic on a private motu. Prefer to explore the island itself? Hike the Three Coconuts Trail for stunning vistas from Belvedere Lookout. You’ll get bragging rights with the eye-popping photos you capture. With nearly a dozen offerings, you’re certain to find the Moorea excursion that suits your travel personality.
This iconic island is the place many long dream of visiting. Make your experience all the more enchanting with a sundown cruise on the lagoon that surrounds Bora Bora. Those looking for an exciting way to experience the lesser-known parts of the island might opt for an ATV tour or off-road adventure that explores the gorgeous, lush countryside and offers spectacular views. You can also discover firsthand the exquisite beauty and fascinating undersea denizens of Bora Bora’s lagoon during a shark and stingray snorkeling safari.
Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne offer all the cosmopolitan pleasures of world-class cities: fine dining, excellent wineries, compelling museums and unique shopping options. Of course, more nuanced adventures abound – explore Tambourine Mountain from Brisbane and its unique arts enclave; board the Puffing Billy, a vintage steam engine train, in Melbourne for a journey through the Dandenong Mountains; or reconnect with your center in Sydney as you practice tai chi at the Royal Botanic Garden, a serene setting overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Uncover the dramatic landscapes and unique Maori culture on explorations that span both the North and South Islands. From Napier, discover iconic vineyards in Hawkes Bay or from Auckland, the esteemed wineries of Waiheke Island. Auckland also offers the chance to experience the famed Waitomo Glowworm Caves where millions of bioluminescent glowworms hang in the cave. In Rotorua, get a firsthand look at movie locations from “Lord of the Rings” in Matamata; discover the geysers, mud pools and steaming volcanic lakes at the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland; or soak up Maori’s rich heritage at Te Puia’s Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Those looking for an exhilarating adventure need look no further than Akaroa where you can journey into the high country of the Southern Alps via a custom-built 4×4 touring vehicle.
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