Half-way through her Cunard World Voyage
Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria visited the Port of Auckland, New Zealand today. Today marks day 60 of her Cunard World Voyage – exactly half-way through her 120 night voyage which covers 34 ports in 17 different countries.
The ship arrived at Queen’s Wharf in the Port of Auckland early at 5am. During the day, passengers were able to explore the city – famous for the nickname the “City of Sails” and dotted with 48 volcanic cones by sampling excursions such as the America’s Cup Experience, Jet Boat Adventures, Auckland Sky Tower, Auckland Fish Market and also a trip to the coastal community of Muriwai, where on the wild cliff-tops, overlooking the beach and surrounding rugged scenery they could view one of the largest mainland gannet colonies in the world.
Other excursions available to Queen Victoria’s passengers included a trip to the Waitakere West Coast Ranges (approximately 11 miles North-west of the city) where they could view breathtaking views of the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean, read up on the local history and view the traditional Maori carvings. Later in the excursion, passengers were able to take a walk through a lush rain forest whilst listening to the native birdsong, viewing beautiful streams and giant tree ferns.
Enjoy these photos our local photographer took whilst at the port today!