Auckland Cruises

Sky Tower
Waiheke Island
Waitomo Caves Experience

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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.

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    New Zealand

    Kiwi spotting in a land of pioneers and adventurers
    Kiwi spotting in a land of pioneers and adventurers

    New Zealand lies in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in Oceania.

    It is made up of two main islands: North Island and South Island, as well as numerous smaller islands such as the Chatham Islands. It is a sparsely populated country, full of surprises, rich in natural beauty and vast landscapes. 
    A visit to the capital Wellington is a must; a lively and fun city with street musicians and colourful markets. However, New Zealand’s largest city is actually Auckland. Known as the “City of Sails” because of its strong links with the sea and all the activities connected to it, the city enjoys a privileged location between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. 
    A visit to the Sky Tower is a must: from a height of 328 metres you can enjoy a wonderful view that extends for 80 kilometres. Half an hour from the city there are the forests of the Waitakere Ranges, where you can see thousand year old Kauri trees which have trunks with a diameter of several meters, and Piha, which will enchant you with its black volcanic sand beach, a popular destination for surfers from all over the world.