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New Zealand Cruise Expert Guide
By John Metcalfe

New Zealand is a country guaranteed to surprise.
Emerald green landscapes and towering mountains
mingle with spectacular fjords and icy glaciers
in a land that is only 2,200 kms from the frozen
continent of Antarctica. That's the equivalent
of the distance between Miami and New York! A
visit to these shores is something that everyone
should do in their lifetime, but the only way to
get the full New Zealand experience is to book
yourself on a New Zealand cruise.

A New Zealand cruise insures that you'll get the
best out of your visit to these islands. Ten,
twelve and fourteen-day cruises around New Zealand
generally begin in Auckland on the North Island
or in Sydney, Australia. They take in many ports
of call along the Eastern coast of the North and
South Islands, as well as a few 'bonus' ports in
Australia and Tasmania - these generally being
Melbourne and Hobart.

Auckland is known as the City of Sails. It is
located on the northern shores of the North Island
and is renowned for its cosmopolitan population,
spectacular views and excellent shopping
facilities. Beautiful sandy beaches await all
who visit Auckland, as well as a wealth of land
and sea adventure activities - from sailing to
trekking alongside dormant volcanoes.

At the North Island's most southerly point is
New Zealand's capital - Wellington. Here you can
experience the heart and soul of modern New Zealand
life and enjoy spectacular views of the
South Island. If you time it right, you could even
watch the Dragon Boat Festival that takes place
in Wellington Harbor in March every year.

Further down the coast is Christchurch - gateway
to the Southern Alps and the magnificent Aoraki
Mount Cook National Park. Shore excursions into the
National Park can be arranged from Christchurch,
enabling you to experience spectacular views of this
awe-inspiring land. Close-by is Mount Sunday, famed
as the location in which the City of Edoras and the
Court of Meduseld were constructed for the shooting
of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Wild coastal scenery and New Zealand's oldest city
greet all who visit the port of Dunedin to the
south-east of the South Island, while Fjordland
National Park on the southern tip of New Zealand
really brings home the beauty and diversity of
landscapes that exist in New Zealand.

If you want a to experience a truly magical journey
in a land that is now synonymous with Tolkein's
'Middle Earth', then a New Zealand cruise can give
you all this and more...

John Metcalfe is the author and web publisher of A to Z Cruises your #1

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