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Shore Excursions in New Zealand

By Viator, September 2016

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Visiting the islands of New Zealand by cruise ship takes the guesswork out of traveling between the South Pacific nation's islands. Book shore excursions to make the most of your time and visit multiple coastal cities.

North Island
Visitors to the dreamy Bay of Islands can adventure by land or sea. Shore excursions range from a trip to Cape Reinga to watch the ocean currents collide, to a cruise or helicopter tour to the famous Hole in the Rock. In Auckland, explore the sights of the City of Sails, jump off the Harbor Bridge or head out to the Waitomo Caves to go spelunking with millions of glow worms. When docked at the Tauranga cruise port, travelers can take an excursion to the beaches of Mt Maunganui, or venture inland to the geothermal wonders that bubble up around Rotorua. And on the island's southern tip, take a shore excursion from the capital of Wellington and tour the Lord of the Rings filming sites, or fly high above the city on a scenic helicopter tour and visit colonies of wild fur seals.

South Island
Not to be outdone, the South Island has its own set of cruise ports leading to enthralling shore excursions. In the port of Picton on the northern tip, head to the famous vineyards of Marlborough to sip on Sauvignon Blanc, or experience the inlets and trails in the surrounding Marlborough Sounds. The port near Christchurch offers cruisers the ability to explore this charming city or go further afield to the town of Akaroa to experience its French colonial charm. During the long days of summer, many cruise ships also call in to the South Island city of Dunedin, where you can chug through history on the Taieri Gorge railway or spend a day in the Otago wine region.

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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing, Dunedin & The Otago ... 
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 166 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a trip through the spectacular scenery surrounding the Taieri River on board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Travel ...  Read more

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $119.47
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights, Tauranga, Ports of Call Tours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

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Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive a traditional welcome at Whakarewarewa, ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $104.26
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic ... 
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre

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Experience the grand architecture and beautiful gardens of Christchurch when your ship is in port in Akaroa. Your shore excursion from Akaroa port also ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.37
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights, Akaroa, Ports of Call Tours
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights

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While your ship is in port in Akaroa Harbour, take a shore excursion to tour the scenic Banks Peninsula and visit the city of Christchurch. You’ll see how ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.54
Wellington Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour, Wellington, Ports of Call Tours
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Wellington Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

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Take in the sights of Wellington while your cruise ship is in port, and discover one of the world’s most charming capital cities. See where New Zealand’s ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.06
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River, ... 
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River

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See the sights of Christchurch when your ship is docked in Akaroa port, then enjoy one of the adrenaline-charged adventures New Zealand is famous for on a wild ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.61
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, ... 
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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See the sights of Christchurch when your ship is in Akaroa port, and explore the city on a comprehensive tour. Your Akaroa shore excursion also includes a trip ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.75
Dunedin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing with Olveston House Tour, Dunedin & The Otago ... 
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing with Olveston House Tour

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Discover Dunedin’s roots when your ship is in port on a shore excursion that takes in the city's central sights and historic Olveston House. You’ll see ...  Read more

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.68
Auckland Shore Excusion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower, Auckland, Ports of ... 
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Auckland Shore Excusion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

While your ship is in port in Auckland, see the city sights, take a cruise under the Harbour Bridge and enjoy bird’s-eye views of Auckland from the Sky Tower. ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.88
Auckland Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Auckland, Ports of Call Tours
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Auckland Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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When your cruise ship docks in Auckland, see the best of the city on an Auckland hop-on hop-off shore excursion. Discover the vibrant city with flexibility and ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $32.58

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