Adventure Awaits You on an Australia and New Zealand Cruise

View of Holland America Line cruise ship sailing across the Milford Sound in New Zealand, surrounded by lush green landscape.

Looking for a great adventure Down Under? Get ready to transport yourself on an Australia and New Zealand cruise where you’ll experience jaw-dropping national parks, geothermal hot springs, and world-famous wildlife. If you have wanderlust, you’ll want to add these must-see locations to your bucket list. Here’s a sneak peek of the adventures that await you on a Holland America Line cruise to Australia and New Zealand.

A Journey of a Lifetime

When you see the world from your doorstep on a Holland America Line cruise, you’re embarking on an unforgettable journey. In Australia and New Zealand, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in vibrant cities, soak up spectacular scenery and indulge in unique experiences through incredible shore excursions. Have you ever wanted to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region, like the Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef and even the word’s oldest tropical rainforest? How about feeding a kangaroo or visiting a Tasmanian sheep farm? Talk about unforgettable!

View of a kangaroo by tree with ocean in background.
Imagine what it would be like to visit a kangaroo in Australia.

National Parks & Spectacular Sites

Experience the awe-inspiring landscapes of Fiordland National Park; journey to Aboriginal caves in Rocky Cape National Park; and witness the sparkling sand dunes of Coorong National Park. Cruise New Zealand’s mesmerizing Milford Sound and see the world’s tallest flowering plants in Tasmania. Visit Magnetic Island National Park, home to wallabies, koalas, rainbow lorikeets and other species unique to the region. These treasured sites are as wondrous as they are diverse and dramatic in landscape.

World-Famous Great Barrier Reef

Stretching more than 1,400 miles in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia is the Great Barrier Reef. Here you’ll find the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, home to 400 types of coral and 1,500 types of fish. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most diverse natural environments. When you cruise to Australia and New Zealand, you’ll have the opportunity to view the reef from a fixed-wing aircraft or explore it by catamaran. Of course, one of the best ways to experience the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef is by snorkeling alongside it.

Savor the Flavors of the Region

When you cruise with Holland America Line, you’ll be able to indulge in cuisine that goes beyond the plate. That’s because our destination dining tells the story of each region through its unique flavors. This includes our Global Fresh Fish Program, with 80 types of fresh fish being served across our thoughtfully crafted itineraries. That means you won’t just see the world from your doorstep when you cruise with us; you’ll taste it with fresh flavors, locally sourced ingredients and destination-inspired menus, like New Zealand green-lipped mussels and Tasmanian ocean trout. And if you want even more authentic tastes of the region, you can dive deeper into culinary experiences through immersive shore excursions, visiting places like the Tasmanian truffle farm or an Australian eucalyptus distillery.

View of Holland America Line cruise ship sailing the Milford Sound in New Zealand.
Soak up the sights of New Zealand while sailing the Milford Sound.

Highlights of the 2025-2026 Australia and New Zealand Season

  • Australia and New Zealand 14-Day Cruise between Sydney and Auckland departs in November, February and March with a combination of ports in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. All cruises call at Melbourne, Australia; Hobart and/or Burnie, Tasmania; and Tauranga, Napier and Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand. Additional New Zealand ports include a combination of Picton, Wellington, Timaru, Lyttelton (Christchurch) and Waitangi.
  • New Zealand Discovery 14-Day Cruise, roundtrip from Sydney, departs Dec. 7, 2025. It includes all New Zealand ports: Auckland, Waitangi, Tauranga, Gisborne, Napier, Wellington, Lyttelton (Christchurch) and Port Chalmers (Dunedin).
  • South Australia Discovery Holiday 14-Day Cruise, roundtrip from Sydney, departs Dec. 21, 2025. It includes Melbourne, Phillip Island, Eden, Adelaide and Penneshaw, Australia; and Burnie, Port Arthur and Hobart (late departure), Tasmania.
  • All itineraries that visit New Zealand include scenic cruising in the stunning Milford Sound located within Fiordland National Park.
  • Another option is to indulge in the 28-Day Islands of the South Pacific Legendary Voyage. Sailing from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand, you’ll visit 20 ports across seven countries. Embark on an adventure along the east coast of Australia, with four calls in Queensland and an opportunity to snorkel at the famed Great Barrier Reef. Then continue on to the Conflict Islands en route to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga, before visiting three ports in New Zealand.
View of a koala in a tree in Australia.
Experience the wildlife in Australia, like adorable koalas.

Explore Special Offers

Want to make a sweet vacation even sweeter? Check out our cruise deals when you begin planning your vacation, including our Have It All Early Booking Bonus. Booking early could help you save and receive exclusive upgrades and bonus amenities.

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey with jaw-dropping experiences and awe-inspiring sights? Start planning your Australia and New Zealand cruise today. Check out our brief YouTube video highlighting 2025-2026 cruises and then contact one of our Personal Cruise Consultants to begin planning your epic adventure. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!


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