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Auckland is a stunning harbour city on New Zealand’s picturesque North Island, flanked by the South Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. This MSC World Cruise destination is affectionately known as the ‘City of Sails’ and is celebrated for its yacht-filled harbour, futuristic skyscrapers, beautiful vineyards, and superb collection of beaches.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Sky Tower
• Waiheke Island
• Waitomo Caves Experience
In the heart of the Central Business District stands the ultra-modern Sky Tower, an icon of Auckland’s skyline. Rising 328 metres, it is the highest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, and provides an exceptional coast-to-coast vista. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll take a glass-fronted lift to the main observation deck, where you’ll enjoy stunning 360˚ panoramic views. On a clear day, one can enjoy distances of up to 80km, so don’t forget to bring your camera!
A short ferry ride from Auckland lies picturesque Waiheke Island. The most populated island in the Hauraki Gulf, it offers an appealing bohemian art scene with a unique variety of shows. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll encounter Waiheke’s impressive landscapes marked by beautiful vineyards, idyllic farmland, and charming olive groves. Visit Onetangi Beach, indulge in a spot of afternoon tea, or sample the local wines.
Take an MSC Cruises excursion to the magical Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, a 30-million-year-old natural wonder. Discover gentle rock formations and beautiful streams which fill cavernous chambers such as the mighty Cathedral. On an open boat, marvel at constellations made by thousands of glow worms, bringing light to an otherwise pitch-black environment. These fascinating creatures radiate a fluorescent blue-green that create brilliant illuminations.