Cruise ship information

Wellington is a popular cruise destination and we look forward to ships returning this summer 2022–2023

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 so we are excited to see cruise ships return this summer. Please get in touch if you have any cruise-related enquiries. 


Current update

With the maritime border reopening in July, Wellington will be welcoming the return of cruise ships in summer 2022–23. More information for passengers and tourism operators will be available here soon.

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 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.

Get in touch

Please get in touch if you have any Wellington cruise ship-related questions or enquiries

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