Head Down Under on the Australia and New Zealand Explorer


Australia and New Zealand possess some of the most stunning scenery, exciting cities and diverse wildlife in the world. With long white beaches, snow-capped mountains and clear blue oceans as far as the eye can see, it is no wonder they are a dream holiday destination for so many.

With such a huge distance between places, it can be hard to see more than a small bit of each country at a time. That is why cruising is the perfect way to discover Australia and New Zealand, allowing you to experience the highlights of these two special countries in one amazing trip.

That’s why we’re delighted to be able to offer you an amazing deal on cabins aboard the Norwegian Jewel, for its exclusive Australia and New Zealand Explorer cruise. Sit back and relax on board the luxury cruise liner as it transports you in style around all the best destinations in Australia and New Zealand.

With port days in vibrant, modern cities and idyllic sandy beaches all around Australia and New Zealand, preceded by an in-depth tour of Sydney, there is no better way to tour the region than this fantastic cruise. For as little as £2,199, or a little more if you want to enjoy the stunning views from the privacy of your own balcony, you can spend over two weeks discovering Australia and New Zealand in the utmost luxury. Whether you love to stretch out and bask in the sun on white sandy beaches, explore exciting cities, or embark on a new adventure, this cruise has something for everyone.


The trip starts with an exciting and comprehensive tour of Sydney, which includes all the major highlights and landmarks of this stunning city. Enjoy a backstage tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, and hear about the fascinating history behind Sydney’s birthplace. More than just a trip around the main tourist attractions, this tour travels through the suburbs of the city, encompassing as many stunning natural views as it does architectural wonders. Including coach transportation, commentary by an expert local guide and a two-night hotel stay so you can relax in luxury between your thrilling sightseeing adventures. There are few better ways to experience Australia’s premier city.



Australia’s cities are famed for their contemporary style and impressive diversity. Melbourne is no different, with its fantastic foodie scene, beautiful scenery, and wealth of local art and culture. Hire a bicycle and cycle around the stunning bay, drinking in the contrast between stylish architecture and the glistening water. Seek out one of the city’s famed eateries, whether it be the world-famous Attica or the graffiti-covered MoVida. If you’re searching for somewhere to watch the sunset, all you have to do is look up. Melbourne basically invented the rooftop bar scene, and creative cocktails and stunning views can be found on top of buildings all over the city.


Burnie is a beautiful port city on Tasmania’s West Coast, which has successfully taken a creative approach to recovering from its declining industry. Since the closure of its paper pulp mill, the last remnant of Burnie’s long history as an industrial centre, the city has become known for championing local artisans. Take a trip to the Makers’ Workshop, which showcases the history, and burgeoning arts and crafts scene of this fascinating city. Expect to find everything from papermaking, to cheese making, to sculpting in its diverse craft studio. The city’s architecture has a wonderful Art Deco flavour, with the beachside and downtown area ideal for exploring on foot and marvelling at the beautiful buildings. Be sure to sample Burnie’s local cheese and whisky, some of the world’s best is made in this eclectic city.



New Zealand’s capital is barely 1.5 miles across at its centre, so head out on foot to explore this cool, quirky city. A stroll along the harbour is always well rewarded, as much by the stunning views as the cool public artwork that can be found. The national museum, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, is also an essential visit whilst you’re in Wellington. Be sure to set aside more than an hour if you want to discover everything it has to offer, including an earthquake simulator, pygmy blue whale skeleton and the largest colossal squid captured to date.


Following a catastrophic earthquake in 1931, the whole of Napier was rebuilt in two years, resulting in a city which is a pristine time capsule of Art Deco architecture. For a comprehensive overview, book a place on one of the guided city tours that run twice a day. Like much of the region, Napier is a foodie paradise and sampling the local delicacies is a must. The New Zealand Wine Centre is a great introduction to the delights of the area, with an amazing bike tour of the vineyards followed by a delicious four-course lunch with premium wine pairings. Several parks and gardens are dotted around the city, which has a wonderfully laid back feel compared to some of the region’s busier cities.

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The largest city in the Bay of Plenty is a paradise of marine adventure. Sailing, fishing and dolphin watching are all popular activities for visitors, as well as exploring the beautiful McLaren Falls and Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. If you were hoping for something a little less active, the waterfront is lined with fabulous cafes, restaurants and bars, perfect for enjoying the delicious local food and vibrant atmosphere of the city.



Auckland is often called New Zealand’s most buzzing city, with its amazing nightlife and wealth of fun activities. Whether you are climbing the nearby volcanic cones, sunning yourself on its famous beaches, or taking part in one of its ultra-cheap bar crawls, you’re guaranteed that you will never have a dull moment in this amazing city. For something a little more sedate, check out some of the cool events around the city. The Silo Cinema is a firm favourite in the summer, with films projected onto the silos in the park, and plenty of food stands to enjoy.

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands is the perfect last port for this wonderful trip around Australia and New Zealand, bringing more than a touch of paradise. Take advantage of its reputation as the holy grail for all things aquatic with a trip to one of the stunning beaches, or even venture out on a sea kayak. Keep your eyes peeled for the dolphins that often frolic around the islands and the amazing scenery that you’ll find wherever you sail.

Full Cruise Details

All Inclusive Australia and New Zealand Explorer

Depart: 14 November 2017

Return: 31 November 2017

Nights: 17

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Deal Reference Number: NCL1411

Price: From £2,199

If you’d like to spend over two weeks relaxing on a luxurious cruise ship as you tour the best Australia and New Zealand have to offer aboard the Australia and New Zealand Explorer Cruise, book with Cruise1st UK by calling 0808 2746 777 and quoting:

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Head Down Under on the Australia and New Zealand Explorer
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Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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