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Australia's wild country known as the outback, also offers superb beaches and surfing. Within this guide you will see just how different these 2 really are with Australia being one of the flattest land masses on the planet, its highest point rising 7,310 feet above sea level and New Zealand being extremely mountainous, with Mount Cook towering over 12,000 feet. Australia offers an incredible variety of wildlife including kangaroos, koala bears, wombats and the unique platypus. Australia is one of the flattest land masses on the planet, its highest point rising 7,310 feet above sea level. New Zealand is extremely mountainous, with Mount Cook towering over 12,000 feet. Australia's land features are best characterized as gentle and regular, with sloping plains and, with the exception of Sydney Harbour, a smooth coastline with few inlets or bays.

The summer begins in December there, however the mild climates makes both destinations attractive cruise choices during any time of the year. Australia's typhoon season runs from December 1 - May 30, and affects such ports of call as Brisbane and Cairns more than Sydney. Since New Zealand is south of the cyclone belt, it is not affected.

Both countries claim temperate or sub-tropical climates, with the seasons reversed from the pattern in the Northern Hemisphere. So, winter in North America is summer there. Australia's position closer to the equator puts it at the outer edge of typhoons, the Southern Hemisphere's equivalent of our hurricanes. Typhoon season runs from December 1 - May 30, affecting ports of call such as Brisbane and Cairns more than Sydney. New Zealand, lying south of the cyclone belt, is not as affected, but the warning above still applies.

Summer temperatures differ by about 10 degrees, with Australia's high-temp averages in the low to mid 80s. Statistically it would seem that both countries experience the same rainfall patterns, with rainy-region annual totals in the 100-inch range and dry-region totals about half that; however, meteorologists characterize New Zealand as the greener and rainier climate, which visitors empirically confirm.

Cruises that call at ports Sydney, Melbourne, Hobar-Tasmania, Burnie-Tasmania in Australia and Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington Bay of Islands major ports of call in New Zealand. Longer Pacific voyages and world-circling itineraries some lines schedule cruise programs focusing on these two destinations, either together or separately. Because they are located in the Southern Hemisphere, summer arrives in December there, but their mild climates make these two destinations attractive cruise venues any time of the year. New Zealand has many natural features and recreational opportunities and activities.

The North Island features the busy metropolis and is home to the world yacht racing capital of Auckland. The South Island offers mountainous terrain and glaciers. Dive in down under at the Great Barrier Reef that covers 80,000 sq miles, tour the Rotorua's boiling mud pools, and dont miss the home of the America's Cup winning Kiwis, Auckland, Bay of Islands (New Zealand) If experiencing New Zealand's natural treasures, forest and water-intensive activities is important to you, this may be the highlight of your entire cruise. This is prime sailing territory, so look for the chance to participate in guided sailing excursions.

If your ship offers charter-fishing trips, and you're so inclined, this is (according to Zane Grey) one of the top deep-sea fishing locations on the planet. Forest and shoreline hiking will expose you both to evidence of the first Maori communities encountered by Europeans and to what was once the booming, swashbuckling whaling and maritime center of life in New Zealand. Princess and Holland America, which run the itinerary annually each winter. For the most part, itineraries pretty much stick to "greatest hits" ports of call on the Auckland - Sydney run, with stops in cities such as Melbourne, Dunedin and Christchurch along with a visit to Tasmania. P&O Australia, which operates three ships in the region, gears most of its marketing efforts to travelers in the Far East and in Australia and New Zealand ffers a wonderfully "local" experience for North Americans.

Other cruise lines that offer summer cruises there include U.K.-based P&O and Cunard. Clipper Cruise Line and the aforementioned Orion Expeditions represent the second group, the small-ship/expedition niche. A local small-vessel line like Captain Cook Cruises. They do three-, four- and seven-night cruises to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns. The upscale Luxury cruise lines are all well represented in down under, including Regent Seven Seas, Silversea and Seabourn ships. They typically stop in smaller, more unusual ports of call than the bigger, mass-market vessels. Plan your Australia & New Zealand cruise today! A great cruise vacation begins "down under".

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Adelaide
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Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, one of the six provinces that make up Australia. Covering an area slightly larger than Texas, 1.5 million people call South Australia home, with most of them concentrated in Adelaide. That mean...
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Akaroa
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Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano just 83 kilometres from the city of Christchurch. With its colonial architecture, craft stores, and cafés, there is much to explore on foot. O...
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Auckland
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New Zealand offers a vacation with a twist. A perfect amount of diversity, a sprinkle of familiarity, and enough sights and great spots to keep you busy for months. Auckland is no exception, with dozens of spectacular restaurants, museum...
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Bay Of Islands
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If you are looking for an exquisite tropical getaway, then it should be your mission to visit the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. The beaches are some of the best in the world, with perfect white sand and crystal clear water. The weather ...
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Brisbane
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Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland and Australia's third largest capital city is located on the River Brisbane near Moreton Bay. Brisbane is an ideal place for an Australian holiday and a popular port of call for many cruise ships....
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Cairns
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Cairns is a naturalist's heaven. The city has everything you're looking for, from perfect beaches to a pristine rain forest. And of course, just offshore is the truly awesome Great Barrier Reef. You will find that the day passes much too qu...
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New Zealand is such a diverse and dynamic country that you must visit a variety of regions to truly get a taste of the wonder that awaits. Christchurch is a glorious location, full of great restaurants, beautiful beaches, and outstanding...
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Christmas Island
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Christmas Island is truly one of the world's last undiscovered pleasures. Although the island only covers 135 square kilometers, there is enough natural beauty here to stun even the most seasoned traveler.The island takes its name from Capt...
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Cooktown
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    The northernmost town on the east coast of Australia, Cooktown is named after the famed explorer James Cook, who beached his ship The Endeavour here in 1770—thereby making it the site of Australia’s first non-indigenous settleme...
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Darwin
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Darwin lies along the northwest coast of the Northern Territory. It is a city which is isolated by the Australian desert. An important event in Darwin’s history was in 1974 when Cyclone Tracy swept across the coast destroying more than...
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Doubtful Sound
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Doubtful Sound (discovered by Captain Cook in the 1700s) is the deepest and second largest fiord in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. It’s a vast and breathtaking wilderness of rugged glacier-carved mountains, carpeted with dense a...
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Dunedin
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For a different kind of New Zealand experience, visit Dunedin. The landscape is unlike any other found in the country, and the weather, while much colder than the other tourist areas, is crisp and refreshing. From a sightseeing standpoint, ...
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Dusky Sound
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Dusky Sound Cruise Captain Cook spent five weeks in Dusky Sound, 40km south of Doubtful Sound, on his second voyage in 1773, while his crew recovered from an arduous crossing of the Southern Ocean. Time was mostly spent at Pickersgill Har...
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Hobart
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The southern region of Tasmania is a spectacle of natural beauty. At the forefront of this gorgeous area is the city of Hobart. With a rich maritime history and a lovely deep-water port, Hobart is known throughout Australia and the South Pa...
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne is Australia's second-largest city, trailing only Sydney. Over three million people call Melbourne home, and the city's welcoming climate has attracted people from all over the world to this city on the southeast coast of Austr...
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Napier
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The New Zealand port city of Napier is just like a fine wine from its neighboring wine country -- every time you take a sip, you experience something different and interesting. Whether it's coming upon yet another Art Deco-style building...
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Noumea
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Noumea Cruise Port is located in the New Caledonia capital city. It is among the top westernized Pacific Islands cities. The Noumea Cruise Port ship schedule is very busy in the period May 15 to December 15. Noumea offers unforgettable t...
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Perth (Fremantle)
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Perth is often overlooked when people talk about Australia. Sure, Sydney and Melbourne attract more attention, tourism, and accolades, but Perth can more than hold its own on any list of Australia's best cities. Perth is the capital of W...
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Port Douglas
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Port Douglas is a small and quaint seaside village located in the Northern tip of Queensland, Australia. This quiet and secluded resort town is just an hour or so away from the hustle and bustle of Cairns. With a long stretch of beautifu...
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Sydney
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Sydney's secret was revealed to the world at the 2000 Olympic Games. The secret? That Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is one of the most dramatic, sophisticated, diverse, and fun-loving cities in the world. From its world famous Ope...
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Tauranga
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Tauranga is by no means your standard New Zealand town. The weather cannot be classified as hot, although Tauranga is blessed with over twenty-four hundred hours of sunshine every year. That is certainly a plus, and every relaxing activity ...
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Thursday Island
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A blend of nationalities in the most progressive island on Torres Strait Islands welcome the cruise tourists at Thursday Island Port. Found in Queensland, Australia, this “Port of Pearls” is also called TI or Waiben. Torres, a Spanis...
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Townsville
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Townsville, the capital of North Queensland is the the third largest tropical city in Australia. 346 km (215 miles) S of Cairns; 1,371 km (850 miles) N of Brisbane With a population of 140,000, Townsville is Australia’s largest tropic...
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Wellington
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There are so many good things to say about Wellington; I will start by mentioning that it is the cultural and entertainment capital of New Zealand. During weekends, there are more people visiting Wellington than anywhere else in the country...
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Airlie Beach: 640 km (397 miles) S of Cairns; 1,146 km (711 miles) N of Brisbane. A day’s cruise or a 1-hour flight south of Cairns brings you to the dazzling collection of 74 islands known as the Whitsundays. No more than 3 nautical ...
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