What to Know When Planning New Zealand or Australia Cruises

by Natasha Jervis

With so much to do on New Zealand and Australia cruises, you'll want to make sure that you plan ahead and have plenty of time for everything. Whether your ideal vacation is learning about unique wildlife and environmental practices or partaking in adrenaline-pumping activities, there's something just for you on a cruise down under. Before you book your next trip, check out these interesting facts about Australia and New Zealand.

Abundant Wildlife

On a cruise to New Zealand, you might be surprised to learn that the country is home to nearly 30 million fuzzy sheep. In fact, sheep outnumber people six to one. And, interestingly if slithering critters aren't for you, New Zealand has virtually no land snakes, although sea snakes do occasionally visit the shores.

While Australia does have some dangerous creatures — such as the inland taipan, considered the most poisonous snake in the world — it's also home to some of the most exotic and fascinating animals you'll ever see. On a Wings Wildlife Park excursion in Burnie, Australia, you can see Tasmanian Devils, wallabies, and koalas, among a host of other fauna indigenous to Australia.

Conservation and Recreation

Kiwis (a nickname for native New Zealanders) treasure their environment. With a large number of protected natural areas and national parks, New Zealand has long been known for its environmentally conscious practices. If you explore New Zealand on a Waitomo Grotto excursion, you'll have the chance to see the natural wonders of the country — from its broad, breathtaking landscapes to the peaceful phenomena that are tucked quietly into its caves.

Likewise, on a visit to Australia, you can check out the pristine beaches, steep cliffs, and secluded coves during an excursion in Melbourne, or admire the colorful coral reef near Airlie Beach. The reef is roughly half the size of Texas — so large, in fact, that it can be seen from space.

Adrenaline-Pumping Activities

Looking for the adrenaline rush of a lifetime? Whether you cruise to New Zealand or Australia, you're sure to find it.

New Zealand offers a host of extreme activities, ranging from bungee jumping to ziplining and everything between. Australia also boasts excellent venues for extreme sports, such as bridge climbing and thrilling jet boat rides. Love surfing? Take an excursion to Mount Tambourine and the Gold Coast, and check out the enticing waves at famous Surfers' Paradise.

New Zealand or Australia cruises will inspire you, opening up doors to worlds you've never explored. With a little planning, you'll be ready to enjoy the time of your life in these countries, and come back new.

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Kids interact with wildlife, including kangaroos on a New Zealand and Australia cruise
Kids feeding a kangaroo in Australia