Auckland’s cruise industry

Ports of Auckland provides marine and logistics services to cruise ships calling in to Auckland.

Ports of Auckland supports the cruise industry through the provision of berthage, marine and logistics services on the Waitemata Harbour.

Cruise ships berth at the main Overseas Passenger Terminal at Princes Wharf.

Cruise ships berth at the main Overseas Passenger Terminal at Princes Wharf.

This involves managing the logistics of every cruise call, including berthing ships, processing passengers, and working with shipping agents, hospitality and tourism providers, stevedores, Customs, MAF and other agencies, to ensure each visit goes smoothly.

Auckland is a key ‘exchange port’ – where people start or finish a cruise – which increases the economic benefit to the city as cruise passengers often stay in Auckland several days before or after their cruise. Auckland is attractive as an exchange port because of the port's proximity to the central business and entertainment district, and Auckland International Airport.

Auckland is also the host of New Zealand’s only winter cruise port. P&O Cruises Australia operate cruise ships in both summer and winter around New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. Cruise ships bound for Antarctica also call at Auckland on their way south.

Well-known cruise ships to call at the Port include Queen Mary 2, one of the largest passenger ships ever built.

Cruise ships berth at the main Overseas Passenger Terminal at Princes Wharf.

The Queen Mary 2 calls Auckland.

Princes Wharf is the primary cruise berth with the adjacent Queens Wharf used as a secondary facility when there is more than one cruise ship in port. Auckland Council recently approved funding for an upgrade to Queens Wharf’s ‘Shed 10’, which will be the primary cruise gateway upon completion in 2013.

The cruise industry has a significant and growing economic importance to Auckland and New Zealand. The cruise industry contributed $190.9m to New Zealand’s GDP 2009/10 which is expected to grow to $346.0m in 2011/12. Auckland captures the lion’s share of this benefit, with around $65.6m in direct expenditure and a $63m contribution to regional GDP in 2009/10.

For information on cruise ships calling in to Auckland, please refer to our cruise timetable.

If you are joining a cruise in Auckland, please direct your enquiry to your travel agent or cruise operator as they are best suited to assist you in the first instance.