North Island

New Zealand's North Island is smaller than the South Island, but does have the country's largest city, Auckland, and the capital city, Welligton, at its southern tip.  It may be smaller, but it has an estimated population of 3.1 milion, which is three quarters of New Zealand's entire population!


The North Island is divided into 9 local government regions, starting in the very north with Northland, then north to south, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranakai, Manawatu-Wanganui and finally, Wellington at the southern tip.  There are 12 cities, Auckland, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Gisborne, Napier, Hamilton, Hastings, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Wanganui, Whangarei and Wellington.  Other than Palmerston North, all the cities are mainly located around the coast, which indicates how important the sea has been to New Zealand in its history.


Being further north, the North Island has a warmer, more temperate climate than the South Island, and some northern areas have a sub-tropical climate.  This aids the abundance of green, from rolling hills and valleys, to vast tracts of lush forest and rainforest.


The north is lush and green with lots of small, islands, inlets, coves and sandy beaches, the centre of the Island is mainly a mountainous, volcanic landscape, with large forested areas, picturesque lakes and rivers, rugged volcanic peaks and geothermal areas of geysers, tendrils of hot steam and boiling mud pools, and the eastern side has fertile plains and valleys, important for agriculture and many quality vineyards and wineries.  Beaches are found all around the island, and amazing craggy, scenery is everywhere you look.


Cruising around New Zealand.


There are several companies offering cruises around the beautiful coast of New Zealand, some with small, more intimate ships as well as the huge ocean liners.  The smaller ships can get much closer to the coast line and dock at smaller towns with personal guided shore excursions, whereas the large, luxury liners tend to concentrate on the larger towns and cities, with planned shore excursions.


Depending on your preference, you decide what type of ship and cruise you would like to experience.


Island Escape Cruises


Island Escape Cruises are a privately-owned small ship cruise company, based in New Zealand who offer 7 and 10-night cruises around New Zealand and French Polynesia.  They provide an all-inclusive, personal cruise where service is everything, and everything is included; all meals, drinks (inc premium wines, spirits and champagne) shore excursions, fishing trips, tender or helicopter transfers and full use of all the watersport equipment


For further details of these cruises, and the full itineraries, please click Here.


Prices on the following pages


The prices are all based on the UK Pound to the NZ$ exchange rate as of the 1st January 2016, but the exchange rates are changing on an almost daily basis, which means the prices could be lower or higher than we have quoted in our pricing tables.  Prices quoted are as guide only, and may change at any time without notice due to increases by the supplier or differences in the exchange rates.  Please contact us to get a confirmed price at todays' rates for your preferred property or service.


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