For those who appreciate the finer things in life a week or two spent cruising the waters of New Zealand aboard a luxury small ship or going on exhilarating South Island NZ tours, has become a must-do. And there is no better city to begin your cruise than Auckland. Surrounded by a vast marine playground of outstanding natural beauty, you will have a virtually unlimited number of unique destinations to enjoy when cruising from Auckland’s harbour.

BAY OF ISLANDS CRUISES TO THE NORTH

Bay of Islands luxury ship cruisesThe Bay of Islands, with a subtropical climate and stunning natural beauty, is a popular stopping point for luxury yachts and a mecca for beach and water activities. There are 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula, with an abundance of marine wildlife including whales, dolphins, penguins, and gannets to enjoy. Step ashore for a few hours and discover the boutique feel of some of the areas towns and villages, stretch your legs on the many scenic walking tracks where you can see majestic Kauri trees in subtropical rainforests, or simply take in the magnificence of the region from the deck of your yacht.

You can could come back the Bay of Islands time and time again and discover new wonders each visit, doing so on board a small luxury small ship, while being pampered 24 hours a day is an experience not to be missed.

FIORDLAND CRUISES TO THE SOUTH

Fiordland National Park Luxury CruisesFiordland National Park was established in 1952 and offers sea adventurers the opportunity to enjoy magnificent fiords with soaring mountain vistas. A World Heritage site, Fiordland is truly a must-see, and enjoying it from the deck of the ship will make it that much more special. Flying from Auckland to Queenstown, with a helicopter transfer to our luxury ship, this region offers true peace and tranquillity and a chance to unwind as you cruise Fiordland National Park in style or for you landlubbers, go on a NZ cycle tour or one of many Marlborough wine tours.

With scenery that will literally take your breath away, viewing Fiordland from the ocean gives you a unique perspective of the region’s diverse wildlife and natural wonders, from the 1692 m Mitre Peak, to the flightless and endangered takahē and beautiful black coral that can be seen at shallower depths than anywhere else in the world. Be rejuvenated by time spent in Fiordland, and vow to return again to this New Zealand jewel.

ISLAND ESCAPE LUXURY SMALL SHIP CRUISING

Island Escape offers the ultimate in Auckland, Bay of Islands, and Fiordland cruising aboard one their luxury small ship. With a demand from clients for more time at sea, their 2016 cruising itinerary will include an extended visit to the Bay of Islands starting from Auckland. And for those who would prefer to stay close to the City of Sails, enjoy cruising the lovely Hauraki Gulf in lavish comfort and style.