About 166,000 cruise passengers poured US$59 million into Wellington during the past 7 months.
New Zealand Cruise Association estimated the season will contribute US$59 million to Wellington's economy, up from US$55 million last season.
Chief executive Kevin O'Sullivan shared that passengers spent money in shops along Lambton Quay, at museums and attractions around the city.
In February, figures showed cruise visitors spent US$25 million with Wellington CBD retailers last season. That is the equivalent of each traveler spending between US$150-US$230.
O'Sullivan added Wellington was one of the primary cruise ship destinations in New Zealand and was "very important to the country's cruise industry".
According to O'Sullivan, 2018-2019 cruise season is shaping up to be "bigger than ever", featuring 110 cruise ship calls booked.