Auckland is a wonderful, cosmopolitan city. We walked all over the main city and visited some beautiful parks and historic buildings. Definitely a highlight of the trip and a city I would love to visit again. Loved all the little lane ways between main roads in the city - with little boutique shops and restaurants.
The ship actually stopped in Akaroa - and then passengers could take an excursion to Christchurch. We explored Akaroa which a sleepy little seaside village with French influences. I got the feeling that Akaroa comes to life whenever a cruise ship comes along - it was definitely a tourism driven town. Tenders were required to get to and from Akaroa. This was an efficient process managed well by the ship.
This was a pretty and quiet little seaside village. Take a walk up the look out and admire the view; visit the little shops in the main street (there are some lovely little art treasures to be found); and visit the museum. Relax and stretch your legs!
Sydney is a city of such great beauty. Just sailing into Sydney Harbour takes your breath away. It is a joy to walk and explore Sydney on foot - especially the parts around Circular Quay and The Rocks. Sydney is however, quite an expensive city, which seemed to surprise many fellow travellers.
This is such a beautiful port with the relaxed and laid back air of a seaside holiday village. We went for a long scenic walk and had drinks at one of the many cafes in town. This port is a wonderful example of some of the extraordinary natural beauty that New Zealand is renowned for.
We felt quite underwhelmed by Wellington port. It seemed to be a harbour under construction. Wellington city was a 20 minute walk from the port. Nothing stood out in the city in particular and we are not keen to return.