New Zealand & Australia

After doing multiple extended vacations on our own (5 cities in 2 weeks, 7 flights, 5 hotels, etc.), we decided to make our next big trip a cruise!  We were excited to be able to spend 2 weeks in New Zealand and Australia exploring the South Pacific!  Hover over the drop-down menus to select a city and read what we did there!

Cruise Information: 
Holland America, 14 nights
We picked this cruise line due to the ports of call.  Royal Caribbean also had decent options; however, we wanted to go to as many ports as possible.  Sadly we had to skip cruising the Fiordland National Park and Hobart due to rough seas, but instead we spent 2 days in Melbourne.  It may have been the time of year, or the fact that not many other people are age have enough vacation time off for this long of a cruise, but it was primarily retired folks.  We had fun with that though, made friends with our trivia team, enjoyed talking with other veterans on Veterans Day, and I had planned fun shore excursions (not through the cruise ship, they’re overpriced).

Original Itinerary:

  • Auckland (We got there a day early to explore the town.)
  • Tauranga (Rotorua)
  • Napier
  • Wellington
  • Picton
  • Akaroa (Christchurch)
  • Port Chalmers (Dunedin)
  • Cruising Fiordland National Park
  • At Sea
  • At Sea
  • Hobart
  • At Sea
  • Melbourne
  • At Sea
  • Sydney


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