P&O Sets Sail on First New Zealand Circumnavigation


With 19th century roots as a British shipping and logistics company, P&O has been sailing the seas for over 150 years. It’s no stranger to adventure, and is continually seeking out new ways to thrill its passengers. Now, the Pacific Pearl has made company history and set sail on a circumnavigation of New Zealand.

To celebrate the milestone voyage the ship will make a maiden call to Stewart Island, the country’s third largest landmass. With its magnificently wild beauty, rugged landscape and untouched feel, it’s a fitting way to give passengers a taste of the real New Zealand.

10 days of NZ adventure

The voyage is scheduled to last for 10 days, with calls at Napier, Wellington, Christchurch (Akaroa), Picton and Stewart Island. As the itinerary unfolds the ship’s 1800 guests will enjoy the chance to explore the ports of call, as well as sit back and relax as the Pacific Pearl glides through the stunning scenery of Fiordland.


Giving back to the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’

All up, the line estimates that the voyage will inject over $3 million into local economies, with passengers spending up big on on-shore activities, experiences and entertainment. The line will also channel profits back to New Zealand businesses by working closely with local produce suppliers, tour operators and more.

As well as appealing to international guests, P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell sees the circumnavigation as a unique way for Kiwi’s to explore their world class backyard, while simultaneously supporting the local economy.

Not only will guests and crew be busy spending money in each port, P&O is buying fresh produce from local suppliers throughout Pacific Pearl’s New Zealand season, injecting more money into the local community,” said Myrmell. “Each cruise requires significant quantities of food – for example on a 10-day cruise for guests and crew the ship will take on about 300kgs of fresh local fish, 3000 dozen eggs, and around 30,000kg of fruits and vegetables.”

Getting Friendly with the ‘God Zone’

The circumnavigation is part of Pacific Pearl’s five-month stint in New Zealand, which will see her call at 11 different ports. All up she’ll embark on 20 New Zealand and South Pacific cruises, which means passengers are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing the perfect voyage. Highlights include a whirlwind three-night Food & Wine themed cruise departing on June 10, as well as a 10-night South Pacific roundtrip cruise from Auckland, departing on May 16.

Don’t miss out on the New Zealand adventure of a lifetime?

Get in touch with the team at travel experts at Cruise 1st today on 1300 857 345 to chat about how a P&O Cruises voyage can get you up close and personal with incredible New Zealand. We’re looking forward to planning your next adventure!

 Image via Flickr Creative Commons. Photo credits: Joan Campderrós-i-Canas, Tom Hall

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