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Napier, NZ

Napier is a city in New Zealand, situated on Hawke's Bay on the North Island. The city is a major port town, and is the main export port for the north east of the country. The art-deco city is a popular tourist attraction, with the Art Deco Wekeend attracting thousands annually.

How to get to Napier, NZ from
Route 1:

When travelling to/from Australia without flying, the most difficult part of the journey is between Singapore/Indonesia and Australia. For this leg, you need to find a cruise ship, passenger-carrying freighter or yacht that is willing to carry you.

One company that specialises in passenger freighter trips, Globoship, does offer a regular service between Singapore and Melbourne, which takes about two weeks, with prices starting from £1300 for a single ticket.

There are only two fare-paying passenger cabins onboard, but these are quite spacious, with full use of a small swimming pool/sauna, en-suite shower-room/toilets and medical facilities. While the cabins aren't the height of luxury, they are perfectly comfortable for your two week journey. Each room contains a double bed, sofa, sitting area, coffee table, fridge, TV (although you are only likely to have reception near the coast) and radio.

Passengers eat all their meals in the officer's mess, and a small gym is available for passengers' use.

Route 2:

If you have a lot of time to spare, a serious hatred of flying, or just spending a month on a ship, then travelling to Australia or New Zealand by sea freighter might be the route for you!

This service, operated by CMA CGM, The French Line, can accommodate up to six fare paying passengers on each of their freighters.

The service calls at various European and American destinations, amongst others before calling at Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. It's somehow unlikely that you will choose to do the full round trip (84 days) by freighter, but this option is available. Please note that it is not possible to book just the journey between Europe and USA (trans-atlantic) on this service.

There are a total of three passenger cabins onboard. All the rooms are double rooms with windows, and upgrades are available to the Owner's or Officer's rooms, which are larger.

There is an upper age limit for passengers of 80 years, although people aged between 75 and 80 will be asked for a medical certificate before being permitted to travel.

There are various visa requirements for those wishing to travel this route, and non-US citizens will require a full visa (visa waiver programme is not applicable).

If you would like to enquire about this journey, contact Strand Travel, a well respected company specialising in passenger journeys on cargo ships.

Click here for a PDF giving more information about this route.