New Zealand’s popularity as a cruise destination has skyrocketed in the last few years, with cruise passenger numbers increase almost 80 per cent higher than they were five years ago. With cruise ships now stopping at ports around the country, it is also a sector that has potential benefits for many regional tourism hubs. Spend by cruise passengers is largely focused around key cruise regions, such as Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Picton, the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Dunedin and Fiordland, but can also include further inland regions such as Rotorua, Waitomo and Queenstown. The most common cruise itinerary for New Zealand is Trans-Tasman, which typically starts in Sydney, taking two nights to cross the Tasman Sea, and then visits Fiordland, Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland and the Bay of Islands before returning to Australia.
Cruise New Zealand is the leading voice for New Zealand’s cruise sector. Cruise New Zealand has more than 50 members representing key stakeholders in industries such as ports, Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs), local government authorities (e.g. Territorial Local Authorities), ground handlers, shipping agents, airlines, tour operators, provedores, service operators (e.g. taxi companies) and Tourism New Zealand.Continued growth of the cruise market will rely on a cohesive approach from the New Zealand tourism industry. Cruise New Zealand dedicated to cruise industry and providing the leadership and facilitation to the New Zealand tourism industry and wider community to ensure a sustainable and prosperous growth of New Zealand’s cruise sector. Cruise New Zealand Successfully lobbied various local and regional authorities against implementing levies on cruise ships or cruise passengers. Worked with emerging regions to produce 16 cruise regions within New Zealand’s portfolio today.
Cruise New Zealand
PO Box 19104