Auckland Cruise Port Guide

Nestled between two harbors New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is the country’s largest city and the ideal jumping-off point for cruises around New Zealand, to the South Pacific, and to Australia. Stroll around Waitemata Harbor and explore the city’s eclectic waterfront bars and restaurants. Dive into Auckland’s diverse history and culture at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Or enjoy a day of sun and secluded beaches during a visit to Waiheke Island.

On cruises from Auckland, you’ll discover the best of New Zealand while sailing down its majestic fjords and stopping in exciting ports like Wellington and Christchurch. You can also embark on a journey to the islands of the South Pacific, visiting islands such as Fiji and Samoa. Or cruise to Sydney, Australia, where national parks, golden beaches, and a sparkling harbor await. 

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Top Destinations on Cruises from Auckland

New Zealand

Visit multicultural cities, laid back beach towns, remote islands, and a world-renowned wine country during one of our New Zealand cruises. Explore the Bay of Islands and go snorkeling, fishing, or scuba diving. Walk around artsy Wellington, known for its vibrant food and coffee scene. Venture down the serene fjords of New Zealand, including Milford Sound, where you’ll be surrounded by lush cliffs and stunning waterfalls. During a stop in Picton, sip on a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in the nearby Marlborough wine region.

South Pacific

Sail to the exotic islands of the South Pacific, where tropical islands and impossibly white sand beaches await. Explore the treasured islands of Samoa, where tropical vistas and romantic shores await. Discover pristine destinations in Fiji, like Suva and Lautoka, which are full of lush rainforests and untouched shores. Or visit the kingdom of Tonga, a group of islands where the ocean sparkles in a hundred different shades of blue.


Embrace the vibrant atmosphere of Sydney, Australia, where you’ll find a picturesque harbor, golden beaches, and an impressive culinary scene. Take a guided tour of the city’s highlights, including the iconic Sydney Opera House that sits on the harbor. See Australian wildlife, like kangaroos and koalas, from up close during a trip to the Taronga Zoo. Or simply relax on one of the city’s popular beaches, such as Manly or Bondi, where you can rest on the soft sand or try catching a wave.

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Why Sail from Auckland with Celebrity Cruises

On a Celebrity Cruises vacation, you’ll cruise from Auckland to some of the world’s best destinations. Our award-winning ships are destinations in and of themselves, where you’ll enjoy world-class dining, unlimited entertainment options, and impeccable service throughout your journey. Spend your days discovering exciting ports of call in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, then come back on board and unwind in spacious staterooms and inviting spaces.

During days at sea, explore all of the amenities aboard Celebrity Eclipse. Order dishes crafted by a chef at the main restaurant or savor globally inspired cuisine at one of the specialty restaurants. Watch riveting music and dance shows at our state-of-the-art Theatre. Unwind by the outdoor pool or catch up on some reading at the serene indoor solarium. Schedule a reinvigorating afternoon at the Spa or plan a movie night under the stars at the Rooftop Terrace. There’s no shortage of fun and relaxation waiting for you on a cruise with Celebrity.

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Auckland, New Zealand Cruise Port Facilities & Location

Ships dock at either Princes Wharf or Queens Wharf, both of which are only a short walk to restaurants and shops and just a 10-minute walk from the heart of downtown Auckland.

Top Sights & Attractions to See Before Cruises from Auckland

Sky Tower

This telecommunications tower is a modern, ever-visible landmark in the city and one of the best places to get a bird’s-eye view of the city. Standing at over 1,000 feet tall, the Sky Tower is home to the only revolving restaurant in New Zealand. There’s also the Sky Café for coffee and pastries, and a collection of diverse eateries at the street level. For the adventurous, there’s a bungee jump or a skywalk around the outside. Booking tickets in advance is recommended. 

Auckland War Memorial Museum

For a museum experience unlike any other, the Auckland War Memorial Museum tells the rich histories of the native Maori people who populated New Zealand for thousands of years before European colonization. You’ll learn about Auckland’s role in the development of New Zealand and see priceless Maori and South Pacific artifacts. A guided tour is a must for history lovers. 

Waiheke Island

Escape the city on a short ferry ride to Waiheke Island from the CBD. Fascinating winery tours and grape tastings, like at Man O’ War Vineyards, or an upscale afternoon at the luxe Mudbrick Vineyard, await you on the “island of wine”. This is where much of Auckland’s wine is produced. Plus, secluded walking trails and hidden waterfalls beg to be explored at Whakanewha Regional Park. 

Top Things To Do in Auckland

Visit One Tree Hill

Interestingly, One Tree Hill is a volcanic cone and one of 50 in Auckland city. It’s important to both early Maori and European history, and a  tour of One Tree Hill will give you the inside scoop. It’s set in a spacious park with beautiful gardens, avenues of trees, a planetarium, and a children’s playground.

Walk Waitemata Harbor

What could be more romantic than a harbor stroll at dusk or sunset? Luckily, Waitemata Harbor in Auckland is particularly beautiful, with downtown’s skyscrapers glittering off the waters. A long walk, picnic, or bar-hopping in the harbor’s restaurants is a must-do.

Step Inside the Ruakuri Caves

Descend into the breathtaking Ruakuri Caves, a natural wonder full of Maori history. Go down the cave’s spiral staircase and marvel at this underground labyrinth full of beautiful stalactites and brilliant glow worms at every turn.

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