Since the New Zealand Cruise Association was founded in 1996 we have been actively involved in supporting and growing the industry to over 10 times its original size. Here is a selection of our recent activities and achievements:

  • Successfully lobbied central government to include cruise passengers in tourism statistics.
  • Working with central government and the cruise lines to help in the smooth introduction of new biofouling regulations.
  • Working with Regional Tourism Organisations to provide cruise seminars for operators.
  • Working with Auckland Council and ATEED to have a mooring dolphin erected in the Auckland port to berth larger cruise ships.
  • Lobbied successfully for a cruise berth at Lyttelton port.
  • Working with Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf environmental groups and cruise lines to reduce speed by all shipping to minimise the effects on Bryde’s whales.
  • Working with environmental groups to provide information on air emissions from cruise ships and the considerable efforts made to mitigate environmental effects.
  • Working with regions to add emerging ports to cruise destinations.

Our current priorities:

Future-proof our infrastructure for larger ships


  • Increase the wider industry’s understanding of the economic impact of the cruise industry by undertaking various research work, and working alongside government agencies to ensure cruise transit arrivals are also recognised within the official visitor count.
  • Auckland as an ‘exchange hub’
  • Activation of the cruise objectives within Tourism 2025 with priority on developing Auckland’s potential as a turnaround port.


  • Engagement with key stakeholders on the requirements of the growing industry with a trend towards larger ships and more ships.
  • Promote New Zealand as an appealing destination.
  • Lobby government on policies and regulatory issues that are currently not aligned with international standards, and which have a high propensity to limit cruise growth.
  • Advocate, on behalf of cruise lines, against costs increases by stakeholders especially where there are no apparent increase in value-add or services rendered.
  • Work with all cruise regions to ensure smooth service delivery on cruise days via cruise regional roadshows prior to the season starting.

What you can do?

Our strength as an industry body lies in the breadth and quality of our membership. Join us today and help ensure the New Zealand Cruise Association is able to continue to advocate for sustainability and growth of New Zealand’s cruise industry.