Cruise shuttle stops

Cruise shuttle information for the 2019-20 cruise season in Wellington.

cruise ships docked

With a record number of cruise ship passengers expected each summer, the number of shuttle stops was doubled in 2018 to better spread visitors across the city.  The same process will apply for the 2019-2020 cruise season.

Wellington is expecting 123 ships to berth at Centreport between October 2019 and April 2020, injecting over $50 million dollars into the economy and 247,000 passengers, plus crew.  That’s an extra 25,000 visitors up on last season, when another big rise delivered an additional 50,000 passengers to the city.

This represents a huge jump from ten years ago, when just 72,000 passengers and 30,000 crew arrived in Wellington and illustrates the region’s growing reputation as one of Australasian’s most welcoming cruise destinations.  Wellington was rated one of CruiseCritic’s top five Australasian ports for the second year running in 2019.

The increase in cruise arrivals and ship sizes meant the previous shuttle system was no longer adequate.  A Temporary Traffic Management Plan is now in place for the 2019-20 cruise season using the same two stops as last season.

Where are the shuttle stops?

The first shuttle stop is at the north end of Lambton Quay outside old Government Buildings, across from the Beehive.  The second stop utilises the tour coach stop on Wakefield Street, near the bottom of Cuba Street.  Shuttles will stop at both locations for pick-ups and drop-offs.  For maps showing the location of the new stops, please see below. 

Wellington City Ambassadors will be at key locations around the city, including the shuttle stops, to welcome and assist passengers.  If you’re interested in joining the WCA programme, contact our Cruise Coordinator.

Where can I get more information?

A great way to stay up-to-date on arrangements for each ship and any cancellation notifications is to sign up for our Cruise Day brief.  Email our Cruise Coordinator to have your details added.  If you’re looking for the Wellington cruise schedule, information on how to meet up with cruise passengers or are a tourism operator looking for port access information, you can check Centreport’s cruise section for more details.  More information about the ships visiting New Zealand is available on the New Zealand Cruise Association website