Cruise Ships in Town

7 February 2011

Since the cruise ship season kicked off in October, hardly a week goes by without at least one glamorous floating hotel tied up at the wharf.

The Sun Princess at Aotea Wharf

The Sun Princess at Aotea Wharf

There will be 59 cruise ship visits to the city up to the beginning of April, with 94,246 passengers expected, compared to 73,183 in 2009/10 - and the Council's working to transform the pedestrian route between the cruise ship terminal and the city.

The improvements on Waterloo Quay, which will cost about $4 million, include moving the train track on the harbour side to make room towards the port for a wide new footpath. There will also be a canopy from the cruise ship terminal gate to Cornwell Street, lighting, trees, rain gardens and landscaping.

The project should be complete by the end of June, says project manager Logen Logeswaran.

Positively Wellington Tourism Chief Executive David Perks says visitors love how walkable Wellington is.

"A popular loop is to head from the i-SITE in Civic Square, across to Te Papa, then back down Lambton Quay, up the Cable Car, through the Botanic Garden and on to Parliament."

He says there are also a range of hosted city tours when in port, and two new hop-on, hop-off bus tours are proving very popular.

He says the 29 percent increase in cruise passengers should see a further $3 million go through Wellington's tills.