Virgin Holidays New Zealand
New Zealand has a warm climate and its average daily maximum temperature is 18.9 degrees Celsius.
Cruises to this antipodean country enable holidaymakers to discover these unique and beautiful landscapes, from the lively capital of Auckland to the Waitakere Ranges, Rotorua and the Thermal Valleys.
Surrounded by rainforests and hills, Auckland is located within easy access of the coast making it the perfect place to visit on a shore excursion while on a New Zealand cruise.
Its attractions include the Aotea Square markets, vibrant and creative stalls packed full of great souvenirs and gifts. Families might want to take their children on a trip to the Auckland Zoo, while the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki containing early portraits of Maori landscapes as well as contemporary New Zealand art is also well worth a visit.
Another interesting onshore excursion for those on New Zealand cruises is the Waimangu Volcanic Valley in Rotorua.
Following a volcanic eruption in 1886, Mount Tarawera was split in two forming seven craters and hot springs, creating a geothermal eco-system.
At the thermal reserve experience boiling mud pools and spurting geysers before visiting a reproduced early Maori Model Village.