Auckland is the turnaround cruise port of New Zealand. Since ships docking here are also being re-provisioned, the port's exchange role makes it of crucial importance for the country's and the city's economy.
The Port of Auckland is located in the NZ's largest city. The city harbor is named Waitemata Harbour. It gained much popularity during the 2000 and 2003 America’s Cup.
Auckland's cruise ship business benefits greatly from the growing at a rapid pace Australian market. Auckland is a major cruise departure port. This benefits the city economics due to the fact the passengers often spend more than a day at Auckland. The cruise industry is with growing importance not only to Auckland. It is a significant factor to the New Zealand’s economics too.
Today, Auckland port lives in its passenger shipping golden age. Each cruise passenger traveling to New Zealand injects into the country’s economy around NZD 1700. In the end of 2010 New Zealand was recognized as the 4th largest international passenger cruising market following Australia, the UK and the USA.
Cruise itineraries to and from Auckland New Zealand
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Auckland:
- World Cruises from Auckland are offered mostly as one-way segments from around the world itineraries by by UK-based lines - like Cunard, P&O, Princess, Cruise Maritime). Full-length itineraries (eastbound or westbound) can be up to 110+ days round-trips starting from Southampton England). On those, just like Australia, New Zealand is only a mid-itinerary destination offering one-way departures from Auckland back to Southampton (disembarkation port). The longest eastbound itineraries from Auckland generally include USA ports (including Hawaii, California, Florida, often New York) and feature Panama Canal transition and Transatlantic crossing to Europe (UK). Longest westbound itineraries include Suez Canal transition and ports in the Mediterranean Sea.
- With the constantly growing popularity of cruising vacations among New Zealanders, "World Cruises" round-trip from Auckland are starting to appear on the market. Such a deal is the Sea Princess ship's 2017 world itinerary (104-days westbound, May 16 through August 29) visiting ports all over Europe (including Norway and Iceland), also Canada New England, USA and South America (through Panama Canal). Princess started to offer round-trip New Zealand to Hawaii itineraries that include stops in Australia, Western Samoa, the Hawaiian islands and French Polynesia (with overnights in Papeete (Tahiti Island)).
- Cruises around New Zealand leaving round-trip from Auckland (13-14-day itineraries) visit also Melbourne or Sydney as turnaround port, usually on the way back (second leg).
- Cruise to Nowhere Auckland deals are on 3-day round-trip itineraries without any ports of call along the route. Generally, these are themed voyages with themes like "food and wine" (most common), also comedy, sports, wellness, music, etc. There are onboard pre-scheduled theme events and activities like parties, concerts, meetings, presentations, tastings, etc.
- Short-break ("Mini Cruises") are round-trips visiting Napier (4-day eastbound) or Bay of Islands (4-day northbound).
- One-way cruises to Sydney from Auckland are 14-15-days in length and often visit Tasmania and Melbourne before Sydney.
- The "South Pacific Islands" group of itineraries offers round-trip voyages with duration 8-9-10-15-days. They visit ports in New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo, New Guinea, Tonga.
- Repositioning cruises from New Zealand to Asia are mostly offered by luxury ships as segments of their around the world itineraries. They end up in either Singapore or Hong Kong, and include ports in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan. Longer segments may also include ports in China, Japan and South Korea.
- Repositioning cruises from New Zealand are between Auckland and USA (via Hawaii) ending up in Honolulu or in some of the biggest Californian ports - Los Angeles, San Francisco or San Diego. Rarely, there are itineraries going all the way to Alaska with disembarkation in Vancouver BC (Canada) or even in Seattle WA (USA).
Port Auckland cruise port
- (statistics) during season 1996-1997 the port handled only 27 ship calls and around 19400 passengers.
- In March 2010, the world's second largest cruise company Royal Caribbean (RCCL) announced its decision to open a dedicated office in NZ catering to the increasing numbers of local residents taking cruise ship vacations. RCCL acquired part of the Auckland-based travel agency "Cruise Vacations", which served its brand lines since 1990. Since April 2010, the NZ office is overseen by "Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia" and supports all operations for the RCCL's 3 brands - RCI, Celebrity and Azamara. RCCL opened its Sydney-based office in December 2008.
- During season 2010-2011, a total of 87 cruise ships visited Auckland, carrying 138,200 passengers and 56,400 crew, bringing around NZD 305 million into NZ's economy, plus around NZD 177 million into Auckland.
- During season 2011-2012, the cruise port handled a total of 97 ship calls from 30 different vessels, over 200,000 passengers and 88,000 crew. Those injected NZD 346 million into the country's economy and provided over 5600 full time jobs. Compared to 2009-2010 season (109,951 passengers, over NZD 191 million to GDP) this was an increase of 81%.
- The Auckland's cruising industry is a large contributor to the city economy. Each ship call brings in about NZD 1 million from passenger spending. For 2010 was estimated that the region received over NZD 177,4 million from direct expenditure by arriving passengers and crew.
- Princess Cruises 2015-2016 itinerary program for the first time ever included a round-trip departure out of Auckland. The 9-night itinerary visited Melbourne, Burnie (Tasmania), Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Portland (Victoria), with prices starting from AUD 1200 pp (quad cabin). The cruise line's 2015-2016 program had scheduled more than 80 departures out of Australian ports (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne) and also from Auckland NZ.
- (statistics 2014) the cruise port contributed USD 190 million to the local economy, with 115 ship calls and handling 188,500 passengers plus 75,000 crew.
- According to CLIA, 2015 was a record year for the New Zealand's cruising market. A total of 66152 local residents booked a ship cruise, which was a 10% increase over 2014. The statistics showed NZ as the 3rd international cruise market with a record double-digit increase in 2015 (preceded by China and Australia). The increase in NZ cruisers traveling to Australia was 71%, and to Asia - 64%. Over the period 2010-2015, the NZ's cruising market recorded an ~65% growth.
- (statistics 2015) the cruise port reported a record passenger spending of about USD 484 million (port's worth USD 220 million to the local economy). This was an increase of 15% over season 2014-2015 season. During season 2015-2016, Port Auckland had 105 cruise ship visits and served around 230,800 passengers.
- (statistics 2016) The NZ's economy received a total of USD 484 million from the 249,000 cruise tourists.
- (statistics 2017) NZ's season 2016-2017 (September-April) ended with a total of 41 vessels (22 different cruise lines) and a total of 760 ship calls to 31 port- and island destinations. New Zealand's economy received over USD 490 million (across all regions). The number of expected cruise ship tourists to NZ (2017-2018 season) is around 280,000.
- In the end of December 2017, the Auckland port authority company (POAL) announced its plans for building shore power infrastructure (estimated project cost AUD 18,3 million). Shore-to-ship power supply reduces significantly the amount of emissions generated by visiting vessels. The technology allows docked cruise vessels to shut down completely their diesel engines and connect to the city's electrical grid for all the onboard electrical power while berthed. The annual volume of reduced greenhouse gas emissions (COx, NOx, SOx) was estimated at around 31%.
Highlights: Harbour, Devonport, Hauraki Gulf Islands, Rotorua
Auckland cruise terminal
Auckland cruise port terminal is part of the Waitemata Harbour. The cruise ships berth right at the heart of the city.
The primary Auckland cruise terminal is at Princes Wharf. The second facility that is used for cruise vessels is the Queens Wharf. There is an already approved funding for “Shed 10″ of Queens Wharf upgrade. Upon completion it will be the primary cruise berth.
Queens Wharf cruise terminal
In 2010 was made the decision the old Shed 10 (2-story historic building, former warehouse) on Queens Wharf to be rebuild and refurbished as a modern cruise terminal. The project's interior designers were from Jasmax.
- The City Council spent over NZD 23 million on the new terminal. Refurbishment works started in 2012 and were completed in 2013.
- The new cruise ship terminal is equipped with Customs, lounge, processing/waiting area and various service facilities. The building's ground floor is used for pax luggage, security and border agency processing. Queens Wharf is a popular public space also used for themed event space by locals and tourists.
- In September 2016 started the building of a mooring structure at the end of Queen's Wharf. The "mooring dolphin" was sunk into the sea bed (off the wharf's end) to provide a mooring point for longer / larger cruise vessels without spending much more money on a wharf extension. The structure cost USD 10 million and was completed and usable for season 2017-2018.
- In 2017, the port was visited twice by its ever-largest vessel- RCI's Ovation of the Seas. During both visits, the 348-m liner had to be moored in Waitemata and its passengers ferried ashore via tenders. The new mooring dolphin (location 75 m / 246 ft off Queens Wharf's end) is used for berthing only of largest vessels.
- address - "Queens Wharf, 150 Quay Street, Auckland New Zealand"
- location - near City Centre (Downtown Auckland), close to main transportation connections
- finger pier structure with 4 berths (one either side of both piers)
- Princes Wharf berth - max LOA length (1050 ft / 320 m), draft/depth (33 ft /10 m), served by jetway (airbridge) covered gangway
- Queens Wharf berth - max LOA length (968 ft / 295 m), draft/depth (33 ft /10 m), served by jetway (airbridge) covered gangway
Tidal Range: 0.2 to 3.3 metres
- The ship arrival times (mentioned above) show Pilot boarding times. To those must be added approx 1 1/2 hour for docking alongside the berth. This means if the Pilot boarding time is 6:30 am, the ship should be berthed and tied up around 7:30 to 8 am.
- Passenger disembarkation starts ~ 30 min (varies by vessel) after the ship has berthed.
- Meeting arriving passengers - Princes Wharf's passenger exit is located outside Shed 21. Queens Wharf's best place to meet quests is between Ferry Terminal and Cloud (the adjacent wharf).
- Public access to the port's working areas and the docked ships is forbidden (restricted to port staff, crew and passengers only).
- The only people allowed to board the docked vessel are its crew, embarking (cruise ship) passengers and pre-approved visitors.
- The terminal has no luggage storage facility for disembarking passengers.
- Nearest supermarket is Countdown (on 76 Quay Str).
- The facilities at Auckland cruise port terminal include MAF agency, customs, stevedores, tour information. The port is located close to the Auckland International Airport, the city highlights and the business district.
Cruise ship terminal directions & parking
- Exiting the airport turn left at first traffic lights (George Bolt Memorial Drive) and continue as the road runs into motorway route 20. Exit route 20 at the 2nd off-ramp to City and Nelson Str. Continue straight through the traffic lights at Nelson Str and to the intersection of Nelson and Sturdee. Turn right into the left lane of Sturdee and at the 2nd street on the left turn in to Lower Hobson Str. Stay in the left lane and continue to the next set of traffic lights to the cruise terminal.
- Airbus Express leaves from the bus stop at Downtown Ferry Terminal. It takes ~ 45-60 min in each direction.
- Bus and train services are provided via Britomart Transport Centre, located across the street from Queens Wharf, and it's at ~ 5 min walking distance from Princes Wharf.
- Both cruise terminals have dedicated taxi ranks.
- Downtown Ferry Terminal (between both cruise ship wharves) is for ferry services to Devonport, West Harbour, Half Moon Bay, Pine Harbour and Waiheke Island, plus various tour destinations.
- Queens Wharf and Princes Wharf are both public accessible. On-site traffic control gives directions for pick up / drop off zones. Both wharves don't offer public and long-term parking. Nearby located public parking facilities are the carparks Downtown, Viaduct and Britomart.
- Red LINK bus line runs around Downtown and links Britomart Transport Centre, Queen Str, Karangahape Road and Wynyard Quarter. The bus is at every 15 min (between 6.30 am - 11.30 pm).
- Green LINK bus line runs around the inner suburbs and major shopping areas. Among those are Parnell, Auckland Museum, Newmarket, Karangahape Road. The bus runs every 10 min (between 6.30 am - 8 pm).
- Orange LINK bus line runs the Green LINK's routes plus Mt Eden, St Lukes Mall, MOTAT, Herne Bay. The bus runs every 15 min (between 6.30 am - 8 pm).
- Auckland Explorer Bus (hop on - hop off bus stopping at Queens Wharf) circles around 14 of the city's main attractions.
Auckland port beside its passenger (cruise ship) terminal also has facilities to handle oil tankers and cargo ships (vehicle carriers, bulk carriers and container vessels) and dry dock facilities for marine vessel refurbishments and repairs.
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - NZAKL
- supported by excellent road, rail and air infrastructure
- deep channel water and berths - channel draft (41 ft / 12,5 m), berths draft (33 ft /10 m)
- sheltered harbor area
- access unrestricted by tides
- capability to accommodate 4 vessels at a time
- The Auckland cruise ship terminal doesn't provide shore-to-ship power (shore-side electricity supply) which could reduce significantly the levels of emissions, noise and vibration in port.
- The cruise port is accessible the whole year round – 24/7, 365 days a tear.
- Cruise ships usually arrive in Auckland in early morning (at 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30 or 7:30 am) and depart from Auckland in late afternoon or in the evening (at 4, 5, 6 or 7 pm).
- The cruise ship terminal is at approx 14 ml / 22 km from Auckland International Airport, which is ~ 30-40 min drive distance.
- The best vantage points to see ship arrivals/departures are public areas on both docking wharves, along Quay Street (near Ferry Terminal), Fred Ambler Lookout, Gladstone Road, Mt Victoria, North Head, the Devonport Wharf, the East Coast Bay beaches.
Auckland tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Auckland War Memorial Museum: the largest museum in Auckland, dates from 1852. You will find different exhibitions.
- Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World: see the vision of the ocean by Kelly Tarlton, great inventor, explorer, famous Kiwi adventurer and diver.
- Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT): 40 acres interactive journey through great achievements in the technology at the largest museum for transport and technology in New Zealand.
- Waiwera Thermal Spa Resort: it is located 40 minutes away from the Auckland’s center, direction North. The best place to relax not only your body but your mind too.
- Waiheke Island: catch a ferry and after 35 minutes you will reach this charming island. Explore the historical Stony Batter, beautiful vineyards, relax at the beach or have a picnic.
- SKYCITY: this casino and entertainment complex is located in the city center. It has a stunning architecture. It offers wide range of entertainments and a lot of places for dining.
- Auckland Zoo: the largest animal collection in New Zealand. It is next to Western Springs Park,just 5 min away by car from the central part of the city. You will see more than 750 animals and 120 different species.
- Vineyards: you can just visit a vineyard or join a tour for wine tasting. Try the Turanga Estate in Whitford, the Soljans in Kumeu, the Stoneyridge on Waiheke Island and the Babich Wines in Henderson.
- Beaches: the most popular are Takapuna and Eastern Beach at Mission Bay. If you prefer quiet and peaceful place, visit Cockle Bay or Maraetai Beach.
- Cafes, bars and restaurants: this city has to offer “something for everyone.”
The Auckland cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Auckland, New Zealand.
If you lose the Auckland location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Auckland cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Auckland, New Zealand. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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