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Cruising Article –04/04/2011

Eclectic culture and gorgeous scenery are the highlights of a trip to Wellington, New Zealand

Australia/New Zealand Cruise Destinations

One of the highlights of any Australia and New Zealand cruise will definitely be Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. You'll be able to enjoy this city's eclectic culture, diverse museums and easy access to the gorgeous New Zealand countryside.

Wellington offers travelers the perfect chance to learn all about the Maori people, the aboriginals of New Zealand. The highlight of this shore excursion is undoubtedly the chance to interact with actual Maori, as they perform a waiata, a traditional song. Later, you'll have the chance to learn even more about this fascinating culture when you visit the Te Papa Museum, dedicated exclusively to the Maori, and the Museum of the City and the Sea, a more general museum that includes lots of information about the country's history.

Looking for a more adventurous option? Then head outside the city in a 4x4 for a jaw-dropping beautiful coastal drive. Your destination is Tongue Point, which is home to a colony of cute and playful fur seals.

Also located just outside the city is the scenic region of Wairarapa. You'll travel through a mountain pass on your way to visit the towns of Martinborough, Featherston and Greytown. Each of these cities has their own opportunities for exploration in the form of cuisine, shopping and museums. Be sure to sample some delicious New Zealand wine, as this region is renowned the world over for its fine offerings.