Embarking on a Cruise through New Zealand: Discovering Napier and Wellington


Embarking on a Cruise through New Zealand: Discovering Napier and Wellington

Welcome to the next chapter of our thrilling New Zealand cruise adventure! Our third port of call was the vibrant city of Napier, followed by the bustling capital of Wellington. Join us as we explore these exciting destinations, providing guides and advice along the way.

Upon our arrival in Napier, we were met with beautiful weather as the sun shone brightly above us. Since we only had six hours in port and didn't have anything pre-booked, we decided to make the most of our time exploring the city. We hopped on the free shuttle bus, which conveniently took us into town and dropped us off outside the information center.

Our first stop was Tennyson Street and Herschell Street, where we stumbled upon the Art Deco Centre. This incredible center not only houses a shop filled with funky Art Deco trinkets, clothing, and souvenirs, but it also showcases the iconic Art Deco architecture that defines the city. As we walked the streets, we marveled at the angular overhangs, vibrant color combinations, and the proud labels displaying the names and dates of each building. It was a visual feast and a step back in time.

While exploring the city, we couldn't help but notice the absence of the vintage cars that greeted us during our previous visit. Nevertheless, we made the most of our time, with Kim even finding a couple of outfits to add to her wardrobe. As the clock ticked closer to our departure time, we reluctantly made our way back to the ship, with enough time to enjoy drinks and a refreshing swim before the other cruisers returned from their tours.

Our next port of call was the vibrant and windy city of Wellington. This time, we didn't have any specific plans as we were planning to meet up with Kim's friend, Debbie. We hopped on the free shuttle bus, which conveniently whisked us into the city center within minutes. From there, it was just a short 10-minute walk to the Wellington Cable Car, a must-visit attraction in the city.

Following our own advice from our previous cable car ride, we positioned ourselves at the back of the cart to enjoy the best views as we ascended to the top. Once at the summit, we patiently waited for Debbie in the cafe, taking in the breathtaking vistas of Wellington. Together, we embarked on a leisurely walk along the Wellington Wharf, exploring various markets and even witnessing dragon boat races in action.

Afterwards, we strolled through the city center, immersing ourselves in the unique boutiques that Wellington has to offer. With the day coming to a close, we made our way back to the top of the cable car for a scenic trip back down. The free shuttle bus conveniently transported us back to the ship, allowing us to relax and prepare for the night's feature show.

Napier’s evening's entertainment was a magical and comedic performance by Jared Fell, leaving us in stitches. It was a fantastic way to end the day in Napier, a city that truly showcases the beauty and energy of New Zealand.

Welington’s feature show was "One", a joyful musical journey the we are reminded that despite the challenges, there is beauty all around and that love really is all we need.


As we reflect on our time in Napier and Wellington, we're reminded that every port of call on our cruise offers unique experiences and memories. From the vibrant Art Deco architecture of Napier to the windy charm of Wellington, our journey through New Zealand continues to delight and surprise us.

Join us as we set sail for our next destination, where new adventures and wonders eagerly await. Stay tuned for the next installment of our cruise through beautiful New Zealand!

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