Cruise ship information
Wellington is a popular cruise destination and we look forward to ships returning post-COVID. Information for travel sellers will be updated when borders re-open
Wellington is a popular cruise destination and was named the "Top Cruise Ship Destination in Australia/New Zealand" in 2020 by readers of US-based Porthole magazine as well as a top-rated destination in the Cruise Critic’s 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.
The 2019/20 cruise season was predicted to see 249,000 cruise ship passengers visit Wellington and was tracking to be our biggest season ever. Please get in touch if you have any cruise-related enquiries.
Cruise ships have been temporarily banned from entering New Zealand waters due to the ongoing pandemic. Although we look forward to welcoming them back one day, there are currently no cruise ships visiting Wellington.
For up-to-date information about cruise in New Zealand, please visit the New Zealand Cruise Association website.
Arriving by cruise ship
Most cruise ships arriving in Wellington berth at Aotea Quay, a 5-minute shuttle ride from the central city. Some smaller ships dock at Queen’s Wharf, right in the centre of the city. When your clients arrive in Wellington, they will be greeted by our lovely City Ambassadors who will be able to give them maps, important information and tips about what to see or do. If they would like more information, they can visit the local Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.
Popular cruise activities
Pre-booked tours pick up passengers directly off the ship. Popular tours such as the Seal Colony, City Highlights Tours, or Wētā Workshop Tours often sell out when a cruise ship is in Wellington. If your clients are interested in doing a tour, make sure you book it for them or they might miss out. Most ships are in Wellington for eight hours, so many cruise passengers like to do a half-day tour in the morning and explore the city at their leisure in the afternoon.
Note: as cruise ships are currently not arriving in Wellington, many shore excursion products are in hibernation.