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Kick back and enjoy being out on the water without having to lift a finger. A great way to explore famous waterways and sightsee; our cruise experiences often include food, drinks and entertainment. Climb aboard with your camera ready!
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Discover a gorgeous new perspective of New Zealand with the selection of boat cruises from RedBalloon. With a wide choice on offer, you’ll find the ideal way for you and your loved ones to take in the beautiful waters, majestic scenery and stunning wildlife.
Whether you’re looking for cruises that embody a spirit of indulgence and relaxation or something more adventurous, whether you want to enjoy dolphin and whale watching or harbour racing, you’ll find options that are sure to float your boat.
The ‘best’ really depends on what you’re cruising for. There’s so much that falls under the criteria of boat tours – and plenty to satisfy the eclectic tastes of boating enthusiasts generally, regardless if that means a quick punt down a river or an overnight luxury cruise for two. At RedBalloon, we make it easy for you to explore the best on offer according to your preferred destination and price.
For example, what about a sublime two-hour cruise of Milford Sound, taking in the otherworldly majesty of the landscape and the chance to sight seals, dolphins and penguins. Or your tastes may be more inclined toward a uniquely authentic eco-sailing odyssey on the crystalline waters of Lake Taupo, visiting the Maori Rock Carvings of Mine Bay.
Meanwhile, an overnight cruise of Doubtful Sound is pure indulgence amongst the splendour of the Fiordland, with all its natural wonder complemented by onboard luxury. And if you’re after a bit of whale, seal and dolphin viewing, hop aboard a Bay of Plenty cruise to enjoy thrilling encounters with these most majestic of sea creatures.
Defined by its gorgeous shorelines and waterways, the City of Sails offers the chance to enjoy superb boating experiences.
Auckland boat cruises have obvious appeal, with the RedBalloon range including yacht dinner cruises offering gourmet dining experiences alongside the beautiful sights of Waitemata Harbour.
Meanwhile, guided scenic cruises departing from Auckland give you a chance to discover the Bay of Island’s rugged landscape, shimmering beaches and abundant wildlife – as well as the option to hop off and explore spots like Cook’s Lookout and Whangarei Waterfalls.
When it comes to Queenstown, just about every experience is spectacular – and that includes the boat cruises!
Imagine voyaging across Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, the truly remarkable Remarkables as your backdrop while tucking into a gourmet three-course BBQ dinner. Or perhaps you’d prefer a two-hour cruise on Milford Sound, awe-struck by the natural beauty, including sightings of dolphins, seals and penguins.
The crew on these expeditions are vastly knowledgeable and not only tailor the voyage to suit the weather and wildlife sightings but provide expert commentary to ensure a complete experience.
As everyone knows, New Zealand is brimful of experiences to savour, wilderness to explore, and thrills to be had. And RedBalloon offers an easy way to find, organise and book your ideal Kiwi adventure.
You can browse the country’s best attractions, whether you’re looking to throw yourself into a thrill-seeking experience , view the natural beauty of the epic landscape or develop your understanding of the traditions and history of Maori culture.
These opportunities cover major centres like Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch and Queenstown and encompass everything from fine dining and wine tasting to ziplining, jet boating, rock climbing and everything in between.