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This same topic has arisen many many times on the Europe board and having done places in Europe both by ship (both sea and river) and overland I inevitably respond that for a "taste' of things a cruise had advantages but for any lingering or depth the visit should be made by land.

Some of the European ports are huge with many many things to see and do such as various museums, palaces, etc., if only to name a few.

And with no intention of short-changing New Zealand which has, by all our friend's accounts, some absolutely spectacular scenery, I am forced to at least ask opinions regarding a first-time visit on the cruise vs. land notion.

The duration would be 14 nights ( a couple of those would be outbound from Sydney (via Melbourne and Tasmania) with an end-up in Aukland.

We could easily extend our time in NZ for several days at the end of the cruise and this seems like a good idea given the cost of flying back and forth from the East Coast of the United States.

Perhaps much depends on where the cruise actually stops in New Zealand and I can elaborate on that if necessary.

The time of year would be January and I am assuming this would mean fairly pleasant weather.

Thanks for any thoughts both pro and con, especially thoughts which include rationale beyond saying this or that is "the obvious choice." We get that non-helpful response all too often I am sorry to say.

Thank you.

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