7 Most Scenic Overnight Cruises in New Zealand


Stick around while others go home. There are many overnight cruises in different parts of New Zealand, allowing you to enjoy life onboard a ship overnight, and embrace your surroundings at night.

From luxurious to classic standards of accommodation, onboard cabins are an awesome place to sleep. Most of these options offer great food and onboard guides. Stay the night and experience these incredible New Zealand destinations in their most authentic form.

1. Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Cruise along peaceful Doubtful Sound, all the way out to the Tasman Sea aboard the magical Fiordland Navigator. So much is crammed into this overnight experience. Your journey takes you on a Lake Manapouri cruise, then on a coach and then aboard your vessel. Doubtful Sound is great for wildlife spotting, kayaking and completely relaxing in a tranquil paradise.

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2. Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Milford Sound is known for its striking beauty, and is often referred to as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. Most visitors opt for a day cruise with one of the many tour operators, but for those looking to spend a little longer in this spectacular fiord, check out the overnight cruise options.

3. Stewart Island Discovery Expedition

Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third largest island and is an untouched haven for native flora and fauna. This is a great location for lovers of the outdoors. The Stewart Island Discovery Expedition is a 6-day expedition aboard the Milford Wanderer. With comfy cabins, awesome food and knowledgeable nature guides, this is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences you will have in New Zealand.

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4. Marlborough Sounds Overnight Cruise

Discover Marlborough Sounds with Tarquin Luxury Cruises. With ensuite cabins and a maximum capacity of 6 people, this is an intimate and tailored experience with all the lavish touches. Spot dolphins, sip champagne and taste fresh local seafood. A true escape.

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5. Abel Tasman Overnight Cruise

Abel Tasman is one of those areas where one day is never enough, and an overnight cruise with Abel Tasman Charters is a perfect excuse to extend your visit. Evening bush walks, picturesque kayaking and star gazing are just some of the ways to kill time. There’s even a glow worm cave nearby!

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6. Mokohinau Islands Overnight Adventure

Gulf Eco Adventures has Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf covered, with snorkelling, scuba diving and private charter trips on offer. They organise overnight cruises on request. Explore this coastal area by boat, taking in its clear waters and secret coves. No doubt one of the most scenic overnight cruises in New Zealand.

Overnight Cruises in New Zealand
Image Credit: Gulf Eco Tours

7. The Rock Overnight Cruise

Snorkelling, island exploring, fishing at dusk and night kayaking are just some of the activities you can expect from The Rock Overnight Cruise in the Bay of Islands. Choose between shared cabins or private cabins. Explore this incredible North Island wonderland by day, and by night.

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