A single ticket from Fenchurch Street to Tilbury costs pounds 4.90 and the journey takes half an hour. From there, you can take a boat to Auckland via the Cape, Fremantle and Sydney. This part of the journey, aboard the Palliser Bay, costs pounds 2,200 and takes five weeks.

Departures are in August and November (arriving in time for Christmas). Bookings can be made through the Strand Cruise and Travel Centre (071-836 6363).