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What better way to discover the other side of the world than on an Australasia Cruise? For a room with a different, superb, "Antipodean" view every day, you will not want to do much sleeping! From the supreme comfort of your cruise ship, you can enjoy sailing between the stunning World Class ports of Australia and New Zealand, taking in as many of the breathtaking sights as you like.
Thanks to the weather, Australasia cruises are a great year-round destination, meaning that you can choose the time of year that would best suit you. The most popular season for Australians to cruise is October to April, meaning that if you cruise in this season you'll find the widest range of itineraries, departures and excursions. However, in these months, temperatures can get very high so make sure you pack a hat and plenty of sun cream!
From docking by the beautiful Sydney Opera House in Australia, to sailing through the majestic and awe-inspiring Milford Sound in New Zealand, Australasia cruises are sure to impress. Deserted beaches, vibrant cities, colourful coral reefs teeming with fish and lush green fjordlands are bound to delight even the most discerning of travellers.
When it comes to how to get to Australia and New Zealand for a cruise around Australasia you have 2 main options. Firstly, you can cruise to Australia from the UK from Southampton, which is often a sector available as part of a larger World Cruise. Secondly, fly there direct and meet your cruise ship from ports such as Sydney, Auckland or Melbourne on a fly cruise to Australia from the UK.
With its beautiful coastline playing host to so many fascinating ports of call, it's not hard to see why so many people settled in Australia all those years ago, and why so many decide on Australia cruises as a holiday. Alternatively, the two islands that make up New Zealand are crammed full of unique, curious areas all begging to be explored, set against a rich Maori backdrop.
Float into the stunning harbour of Sydney and soak up the warm, friendly atmosphere of Darling Harbour or enjoy a refreshing drink in the historic Rocks Area. Catch a show at the architecturally inspiring Opera House or take an easy walk from Circular Quay to the beautiful bursting Royal Botanical Gardens, while Bondi Beach has to be on your hit list for the classic "Aussie" beach experience. If you have time and are looking for something a little different, revitalise yourself in the stunning Blue Mountains.
Melbourne, many times voted the world's most liveable city, offers an incredible palate of cultural experiences as well as some first rate sporting events including the Melbourne Cup, Australian F1 Grand Prix and the Australian Open Tennis. Whether you spend your time on the beach, watching sports or exploring the city, you're sure to fall in love.
The Whitsunday Islands are one of the finest examples of paradise that the world has to offer. Many of the islands beaches are made up of pure white silica sand which, bizarrely, squeak as you walk across them. Get stuck into life here on a snorkelling trip or simply lay back and let the sun kiss your skin.
The lively port of Brisbane plays host to many fascinating places of interest: the Queensland Museum, the State Art Gallery, the Butterfly House and the Maritime Museum are all worthy of your attention for an afternoon. You can also enjoy a walk around the former Treasury Building to admire the fine architecture before perhaps seeing some awesome surfing to the south of the city on the Gold Coast.
For those in search of the magical underwater world of Australia, what better place to head to than Cairns, at the edge of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef? Cairns itself is a sleepy town with a very relaxed hospitable atmosphere. For something a little different, take a trip on the sedate Kuranda Skyrail Cable Car for panoramic views of the area or even delve into the Nation's heritage in the Tjapukai Aboriginal Centre.
Enjoy the lively entertainment scene in Christchurch, on the South Island. The beautiful parks and gardens are just one of the must-see attractions, along with the Arts Centre, the Art Gallery and Christchurch Cathedral. You can get around easily on the tram system, which links all of the sights in the Cultural District, ensuring that you get the most out of your time ashore.
Why not contrast the vibrant city life with some incredibly raw nature while you are in Australasia? Rotorua on the North Island is known for its geothermal activity, featuring incredible hot mud pools and powerful geysers which spurt water up to two to three times per hour and reach heights of up to 100 metres. This marvelous spectacle is sure to amaze you!
Auckland is the capital city and is magnificent to simply wander through and browse the shops as you soak up the easy-going, relaxed vibe. The Viaduct Harbour area is a hive of activity and is home to many fun and mouth-watering outdoor eateries where you can sit and watch the sailing world go by. For a truly special experience, be sure to book a table in the revolving restaurant at the top of the 328-metre Sky Tower and experience the out of this world panoramic views!
Wellington is yet another spectacular stop-off on Australasia cruises, being the host to a series of art, music and film festivals. Enjoy fine ales in the historic pubs and make sure you visit the Te Papa Museum for an interesting narrative on the history of New Zealand.
A trip ashore to Dunedin will make you feel like you have been transported back on the fast craft to Scotland! This friendly, welcoming city is full of Scottish influences, including the only true castle: Larnach Castle, as well as a statue of the infamous poet Robert Burns. The impressive Dunedin Railway is an architectural jewel in the crown and well worthy of a viewing.
The Pacific Islands, including Fiji, Tonga and French Polynesia, form a large part of Australasia, and offer an alternative experience of tropical islands fringed with coconut palms swaying over sun drenched beaches. Extend your visit to the "other side of the world" by staying on these stunning desert islands either at the beginning or the end of your grand voyage.