Between October and April, around 200,000 passengers from more than 100 ships arrive into Wellington Harbour. Most cruise ships berth at Aotea Quay, a five-minute shuttle ride from the city, but some smaller ships also dock at Queen’s Wharf.
Cruise passengers have a small window (usually 8am to 6pm) to explore our great city, so it’s important for us to be ready to help them get the most out of their visit.
For arrival and departure times and Wellington-specific cruise information, visit CentrePort Wellington.
For information on ship sizes, style, passenger and crew numbers, visit New Zealand Cruise Association.
Make the most of the opportunity and help us build Wellington’s reputation as a cruise-friendly destination. Here are some things to keep in mind during the season:
Each season, a team of passionate volunteers welcomes thousands of cruise passengers to the city. Positioned at key locations throughout the city, they provide information, directions, and a friendly welcome to Wellington.
If you’re passionate about the Wellington region and want to become a Wellington City Ambassador, we’d love to hear from you.