Top 10 Australian and New Zealand Shore Excursions
A cruise is the best way to discover the other side of the world, so pack your bags and get ready for an adventure down under! From iconic landmarks, picturesque beaches and the stunning cities of Australia, to the historic towns and beautiful fjords of New Zealand, this part of the world is just waiting to be explored. Take a look at our top 10 shore excursions to get the most out of your time here.
1. Sydney Opera House, Sydney
The Sydney Opera House is described as one of the greatest buildings of all time and everyone that visits Australia should definitely make an effort to explore it. A tour of the Opera House will allow you to discover the stories, history and magic of this iconic building. Inside, it boasts over 1000 rooms, 300 corridors, secret passage ways and magnificent theatres. You will be shown around by a friendly guide who will narrate every part of your tour.
2. Auckland Bridge Climb, Auckland
This excursion offers one of the most unique and unforgettable experiences you can have in this part of the world. The Auckland Harbour Bridge stretches over the Westhaven Marina. As you climb up the side of the bridge your tour guide will share with you the Bridge’s colourful secrets and explain all of its amazing architectural features. The views that you will have when you reach the top are incomparable to anything else you will see during an Australia and New Zealand cruise.
Take the Auckland Bridge Climb on: Rhapsody of the Seas
3. Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling, Port Douglas
Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef is on the top 10 list of things to do in the world and it's obvious why. It is the world’s largest and most renowned coral reef system and you mustn't visit Australia without going to see it! From Port Douglas, you will travel to the reef through hours of unforgettable snorkelling, diving and close encounters with the most amazing marine life in the world.
Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef on on: Rhapsody of the Seas
4. The Great Ocean Road, Melbourne
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most beautiful and naturally maintained roads in the world. The Great Ocean Road tour offers you a day jam packed with amazing sightseeing, so make sure you have plenty of space on your camera! See the famous surf beaches, amazing wildlife and beautiful coastal edges that line this picturesque road. Famous landmarks you will stop of at include Cape Otway Lighthouse, Loch Ard Gorge and Gibsons Steps. This excursion is definitely one for those who want to see as much of the country as they can in one day!
5. Australia Zoo, Brisbane
Australia Zoo is home to a large variety of animals and guarantees a wonderful day out for everyone. Famous for being Steve Irwin’s second home, you will get the chance to see the live crocodile shows that he was famous for. As you walk around this remarkable zoo you will get to see an array of animals including giraffes, elephants, tigers and saltwater crocodiles. There are many interactive programmes that will take place including the chance to feed kangaroos and hold a koala. When you feel like you have completed your day at the zoo you can visit the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital which is run by Steve Irwin’s family. A tour of the facilities will show you how they work to rescue and orphan various animals.
6. Cairns Skyrail Road, Cairns
An excursion for those wanting to get up close to the real rainforests of this beautiful country, the Skyrail will allow you to see it all! As you board your cable car at the base of the Kuranda Ranges you will start a 7.5km journey through the enchanted Australian rainforest. Your journey up the mountain will allow you to see the most stunning views possible, as you look over the rainforests and the glistening Coral Sea. Your ride will end in the rainforest of Kuranda where you will get to see the scenery of the vibrant community that live here.
7. Seal Coast Safari, Wellington
Board a 4X4 off road vehicle for this adventurous journey over Wellington’s rugged coastline. As you reach Tongue Point you will be met by a guide from the Department of Conservation who will begin your interactive adventure with the New Zealand fur seals. During this fun excursion you will get to feed, dance, and interact with these intelligent animals. You will be surprised at how close you get to the seals so be sure to take a camera!
8. Jumping Crocodile Cruise, Adelaide
We think this excursion is a must for anyone visiting Australia’s Northern territory. The Adelaide River is home to hundreds of jumping saltwater crocodiles and this tour lets you experience them in a pure outback adventure. You will slowly travel the river as you take in the amazing views of the unspoilt beauty of the river's surroundings. Be sure to have your camera at the ready as the crocodiles jump high out of the murky water to catch their prey. Towards the end of your tour you will stop at the Humpty Doo for a traditional Aussie beer!
9. Whitsundays Sail, Hamilton Island
Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, The Whitsunday Islands are described by many as the most stunning islands in the world. There is no better way to explore these islands than by boat, so grab your lifejacket and try this excursion! You will board your sailing boat at Hamilton Island close to where your ship docks and begin your adventure. As you sail over the pristine waters of this tropical paradise your crew will explain the history behind these wonderful islands.
Explore Whitsundays on: MS Volendam
10. Glow Worm Caves, Bay of Islands
This excursion offers a unique experience that allows you to connect with a charmed, natural wonder. The limestone caves are home to a galaxy of glow worms that light up around tunnelled walkways. Escape to an enchanted land as you slowly walk through the burrows and enjoy the silent twinkling of the Kawiti Glow Worms. An informative guide will explain the history behind these caves as you walk around, as well as pointing out some secrets along the way!