Cruise to Christchurch

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Christchurch Cruises: Your guide to cruising to this historic New Zealand city

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Frequently asked questions

If you’re heading to Christchurch, take some time to discover the city's rich history, stroll through beautiful gardens, visit the nearby French-inspired town of Akaroa and consider a drive along the breathtaking Southern Alps.

Absolutely! These cruises often offer a variety of family-friendly activities and shore excursions that cater to all ages. If you’re concerned, be sure to chat with your travel agent or the tour operator to confirm what is included in the cruise that is suitable for kids.

Yes, there are luxury cruises offering premium accommodations, gourmet dining, and exclusive excursions. Chat with your Flight Centre cruising expert to find the perfect luxury itinerary for you.

The ideal period to visit Christchurch on a cruise is during the Southern Hemisphere summer, from December to February, when the weather is warm and sunny. Not only will you enjoy longer days and better weather, but you can spend more time soaking up the sun from the comfort of the cruise ship balcony – it is a holiday after all. 

Some cruise lines offer adult-only itineraries for those seeking a more peaceful and sophisticated experience. Chat with your Flight Centre cruising expert to find an adults-only itinerary that suits your needs.

Cruise durations vary, and can ranging from a few days to several weeks, depending on the itinerary and destinations included. Christchurch’s closest harbour, Lyttleton, also boasts several day trips if you’re simply craving a few hours out on the water.

Like most larger cruise ships servicing New Zealand, you can look forward to diverse dining options, entertainment, leisure facilities like pools and gyms, spa services, kids’ clubs, daily activities and more.

You can find themed cruises focusing on New Zealand's natural beauty, Māori culture, and wine tours, among others. 

Many cruises offer all-inclusive packages, but the specifics can vary, so it's best to check what's included in your fare. At the very least, most cruises will include certain meals and some drinks.

New Zealand is bursting with wild experiences, so why would a cruise be any different? If you’re headed to Christchurch, keep your eyes peeled for a variety of marine life, such as dolphins and whales, as well as unique bird species like the kiwi in their natural habitats.

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