History was made in the 2018/19 cruise ship season with ship visits passing the century mark for the first time. By the end of the season there were a total of 110 visits.
More than 300,000 passengers and crew stopped in the Capital and local businesses felt the benefits as they purchased souvenirs, flat whites and cable car tickets. Many visitors also travelled further afield on tours to the Wairarapa during their stay.
The biggest week for cruise was in January, with 10 ships and 17,500 passengers visiting in a single week.
"Cruise visitors are fantastic for the city’s economy, and passengers certainly add a great buzz and vibrancy to the city.”David Perks, General Manager, Wellington NZ
"Wellington is a great place for international travellers to see the stories of the nation and visit Te Papa and Parliament, experience a New Zealand city or go on a specialist tour. The people of Wellington have embraced cruise visitors – it is a fantastic promotion of the city and many visitors are inspired to return in the future,” said Perks.
The demographics of cruise passengers are changing, with an increase in families and a growing diversity of nationalities.
The 2019/20 season will be even bigger, with 123 ships booked to land in Wellington.
“Cruise ships contribute $56 million to the Capital’s retail, hospitality and tourism sectors every year. It is a great way to highlight Wellington. We are proud to be part of boosting tourism to the city.”Derek Nind, CEO, CentrePort