The hugely popular summer cruise tours of the West Coast Sounds in the South Island of
New Zealand reveal a colonial history of leisured mobility and landscape appreciation
common to New Zealand and Australia. Cruising the Sounds was a practice imbued with
privilege, exclusivity, emotional upliftment and wonder, generating shared attachments to
wilderness space. This culture of maritime tourism offers new insights into the mobile
practices which shaped the Tasman World, and points to the centrality of ships and
shipping routes as spaces of transcolonial history.