Since the emergence of entertainers like Peter Jackson and the Flight of the Conchords, America has developed a passionate interest in the country of New Zealand. Travelers interested in seeing the island nation from a truly unique perspective might consider booking passage on a tall ship cruise across the Hauraki Gulf.
Tourists will most likely begin their journey in the Kiwi capital city of Auckland. The city itself boasts an amazing collection of sites and experiences like the stunning views of the Waitakere Ranges to the volcanic island of Rangitoto, which provides an alluring portal to the sea.
From the port at Auckland travelers can select between a passive tall ship cruise and a more participatory experience. Should they opt for the latter, tourists will step into the role of a crew member, actively contributing to the travels and function of the ship itself.
Tours can range from single day cruises to weeklong adventures, exploring local islands and living off the sea. Tours will often allow for stops at scenic ports like Kawau Island, a preserved colonial town, and Tiritiri Matangi Island, a burgeoning wildlife sanctuary.