Cruise Ships Visit the Capital

22 February 2010

Cruise ship season is in full swing. Thousands of people from the Queen Victoria were here last week, and the Orion arrived from Kaikoura yesterday, making it the 38th cruise ship to berth in Wellington so far this summer. Around 160 passengers had all day to explore the city, checking out attractions like Te Papa, City Gallery and the Botanic Garden.

David Perks, CEO of Positively Wellington Tourism, says Wellington's been working hard to make sure it's the passengers' favourite New Zealand stopover. "It's a great city to visit in a day. Its compact nature and huge number of cafés, restaurants, shops and parks make it so easy to get around."

CentrePort Business Manager Jon Kelly says that since mid-October, just over 80,000 visitors have arrived in Wellington from cruise ships alone.

"The vessels are booked as far out as two years in advance, and at this stage we're expecting all 46 scheduled vessels to call this season, so visitor numbers should reach at least 100,000," he says.

Meanwhile, we at the City Council are looking at ways to improve the walkway from the ships' docking area to the city centre to make visitors' experience a pleasant one from the start.

Details will be included in this year's Draft Annual Plan.