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While the world is certainly your oceanic oyster on a cruise holiday, there’s no need to travel to a far-flung locale to enjoy the indulgence, relaxation and amenities of a luxury liner. There are plenty of cruise holidays closer to home where you can take to the open water for a day trip, overnight jaunt or slightly longer vacation in your own backyard of New Zealand with a variety of reputable cruise companies.

New Zealand boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and it’s all on our doorstep. A cruise along Auckland Harbour or island-hopping around the country is all within reach for a relaxing vacation within a limited timeframe.

Aside from the various ports up and down the country, you can also explore the famous beauty of areas like Fjordland and Milford Sound. Onshore excursions can see you taking in the cosmopolitan nightlife of the cities or wandering isolated beaches to your heart’s content.

New Zealand has a treasure trove of islands, inlets and coastline to explore, perfect for a cruise holiday which offers a mix of the natural and luxurious where the gentle motion of the water is a relaxing rhythm to fall asleep to. Cruising is also a gentler way to travel with wide open spaces, sparkling waters and balmy breezes to smooth your way to relaxation.