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This is one of the best ways to see NZ. Better than a camper van, you don't have to steer the boat, don't even have to row, unless you want to. Two days of sea-relaxing before-hand then immersing into the land thing via the vertical landscape of the fjords. And then it's on. Dunedin, for it's cold,Akaroa for it's unfortunate neighbour, Wellington for its breezes, Napier for it's olde-worlde charm, then where else ... Auckland for it's big-city ness ( parking right next to the CBD, and Tauranga, the jump off point to see Rotorua, seemingly the mini-bus capital of the world. If you ain't in one of them, you've missed out. Not in chronological order, or geographic order, I know, cos sometimes them boats go "d'other way round" NZ IS GOOD, They speak the language, drive on the left, eat the same food, you can breathe the air, drink the water,and trust the natives, And they genuinely love tourists, for the general income we bring the country, I believe, not for the personal gain they can make. But enough of the natives .... Cruising is all about FOOD. Yes, you know it is. Of course the food everywhere onboard was well cooked, tasty, well-served, And that first bite, the one you do with your eyes, was fan-tastic. Cruise with these people. They're worth it.

This was a well-organised, nothing go wrong, no risks taken, cruise over there.

Sea Princess Cruise Review by Paul Weddell

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This is one of the best ways to see NZ.

Better than a camper van, you don't have to steer the boat, don't even have to row, unless you want to.

Two days of sea-relaxing before-hand then immersing into the land thing via the vertical landscape of the fjords.

And then it's on.

Dunedin, for it's cold,Akaroa for it's unfortunate neighbour, Wellington for its breezes, Napier for it's olde-worlde charm, then where else ... Auckland for it's big-city ness ( parking right next to the CBD, and Tauranga, the jump off point to see Rotorua, seemingly the mini-bus capital of the world. If you ain't in one of them, you've missed out.

Not in chronological order, or geographic order, I know, cos sometimes them boats go "d'other way round"

NZ IS GOOD, They speak the language, drive on the left, eat the same food, you can breathe the air, drink the water,and trust the natives,

And they genuinely love tourists,

for the general income we bring the country, I believe,

not for the personal gain they can make.

But enough of the natives ....

Cruising is all about FOOD.

Yes, you know it is.

Of course the food everywhere onboard was well cooked, tasty, well-served,

And that first bite, the one you do with your eyes, was fan-tastic.

Cruise with these people. They're worth it.
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Princess cabins are all good, all well-maintained
( they're cleaned daily, just like your place is ).
They look out, or don't,
they have an obstructing lifeboat, or not,
have a balcony door to let in cool breezes, frigid gales, warming zephyrs, or torrid steam, or you can shut it.
all according to the size of your wallet

My biggest whinge when I did the Princess email review was that in both cabins of a back to back, the toilet seat was a bit loose. I daresay someone somewhere has a new socket wrench.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Rotorua
    CruiseTauranga.com have some minibuses which do the 'day trip' to Rotorua. They give a good deal, Booked the tour (reasonable price) from inside a large marquee / container structure on the docks, right handy to the boat. and luckily, climbed into the minibus and straightaway were on the road, The minibus (brand new) had 6ooo km on the clock. Felt like royalty.
    Driver/ narrator was knowledgeable in the extreme.
    Kicking myself I didn't record the audio. Could make a fortune. I was that good,.

    You can't go wrong when you can smell the city from miles away.
    When the ground trembles beneath your feet,
    And the water spurts high into the sky,
    and the (strategically placed) rock-seats are hot to your bot.

    Rotorua, or any of it's attractions is simply a " MUST DO".

    No argument.
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  • Wellington
    It was a Sunday. Wellington was shut, save for the tide coming in, the Dragon Boat people, the cable car, and BotGardens, and the Museum.

    I'd take the museum every time.
    It Rained too. not much, but blowy too. I lost my hat !!
    Who knew ?
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