Traffic was bumper to bumper down the port road to Aramoana yesterday afternoon, to watch the giant cruise ship arrive. It was spending an unplanned night in Dunedin, after forecast bad weather changed its schedule.
Ovation of the Seas is the largest cruise ship to come to New Zealand. It arrived in Dunedin about 3.30 p.m., rather than this morning, meaning the city hosted close to 5000 passengers yesterday.
Port Otago commercial general manager Peter Brown said Seven Seas Voyager, with 708 passengers, is also arriving a day early, docking today evening after Ovation of the Seas left.
Mr Brown said Celebrity Solstice had been in contact and indicated it would arrive in Dunedin at 8.30am today despite the forecast.
Dunedin should expect heavy rain and cold southwesterly winds, with a chance of severe gales today in exposed places. Central Otago should expect hail and a change to cold southerly winds, briefly rising to gale in exposed places.