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New Zealand has experienced a rapid increase in cruise voyages, driven by both the growing popularity of cruising worldwide and the growing popularity of New Zealand as a tourist destination.

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Core dashboard information


Number of voyages by cruise vessels in New Zealand waters in the season ending 30 June each year. Figures include all cruise voyages, regardless of origin or destination.

Nature of data

Primary source

Annual reports on cruise tourism's contribution to the New Zealand economy prepared by Market Economics for the New Zealand Cruise Association and unpublished data provided by the New Zealand Cruise Association.

Custodian of data

Ministry of Transport

URL 2004/05-2010/11 Unpublished data provided by the New Zealand Cruise Association
2011/12: https://www.tourismnewzealand.com/media/1897/cruise_new_zealand_2012_economic_impact_report.pdf, Table 3.1
2012/13: https://www.tourismnewzealand.com/media/1896/cnz_2013_full_report_final.pdf, Table 4.1
2013/14: https://www.poal.co.nz/about-us/Documents/CNZ%202014%20Summary%20Report.pdf, p. 7
2014/15: https://www.tourismnewzealand.com/media/2076/2014-2015-cruise-nz-summary-economic-impact-report.pdf, Table 4
2015/16: unpublished report: 'Economic Impact of the 2015–2016 Cruise Sector in New Zealand and Forecasts to 2018', Full Report, Table 6, provided by the New Zealand Cruise Association.
2016/17: https://www.tourismnewzealand.com/media/3152/cruise-tourism-contribution-to-the-new-zealand-economy-2017.pdf, Figure 2.1
2017/18: https://newzealandcruiseassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Cruise-Tourisms-Contribution-to-the-New-Zealand-Economy-2018-FINAL.pdf, Figure 2.1
Frequency Annual
Disaggregation National
Quality of the data


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