Bay of Islands – New Zealand

Consisting of 144 small islands, Bay of Islands is probably best seen from above. A close second is from the ship though, so you’re in for a treat ;)! This is definitely the place to book one of Princess’ shore excursions to make sure you get the most of your day and experience Bay of …

Auckland – New Zealand

Let’s go to the famous Sky Tower! Situated in the middle of the CBD, and within walking distance from Queens Warf where the ship docks, this should definitely be at the top of your to-do list. Here are some interesting facts we learned while visiting the Sky Tower: It took 2 years, 9 months and …

Hobbiton, Tauranga – New Zealand

  a.k.a. The Shire!! For all those The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans – you will absolutely love this shore excursion when stopping in Tauranga! So, if you read my post last week, you will remember that I said there are 2 things that I highly recommend to do in Tauranga. Mount …

Mount Maunganui, Tauranga – New Zealand

When you stop in Tauranga, there are 2 things you just HAVE to do! The first thing you see when the ship docks at Tauranga is Mount Maunganui, and that’s where we headed. There are 2 options, you can either take an easy hike around Mt Maunganui, or you can take a moderate hike to …

Napier – New Zealand

Make yourself ready to spend the day outdoors in Napier :)! This beautiful town, on the eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand, lends itself out to be active in any way that suits you: walking, running, cycling, kayaking… the list is endless! And if you combine it with other fun things like, …

Wellington – New Zealand

Wellington (also called the windy city) is the capital of New Zealand, second biggest to Auckland. As is all of New Zealand, this city is beautiful and has a lot to offer! I did one of the ship’s shore excursions to Zealandia and Otari Native Botanic Garden, two of Wellington’s botanical parks. At Zealandia you …

Akaroa – New Zealand

Welcome to the small town of Akaroa. I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful sail-in to Akaroa, with green hills and mountains on both sides of the ship. Akaroa is the gateway to Christchurch, which is about a 90min drive away, and only has a population of 570 people! As you arrive via tender boat …

Dunedin & Port Chalmers – New Zealand

Port Chalmers is the gateway to Dunedin. Though this is a small town, it’s got a lot of character and some beautiful sites to see and easy hiking trails to do. The Otago Port, where the ship docks, is only a few 100m from town, so it’s easy to walk everywhere you want to go. …

Fiordland – New Zealand

  Situated in the south-western corner of the South Island of New Zealand, this geographic region boasts extraordinary scenic beauty with steep valleys and snow-capped mountains. The name ‘Fiordland’ comes from the Scandinavian word ‘fjord’ which means steep valley. Fiordland consists of 14 fiords (often called ‘sounds’) spanning over 215km of the coastline. Of the …