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Cruise

Destination Hawke’s Bay

Napier Port is the gateway to a one-of-a-kind tourist experience. Hawke’s Bay is a popular destination for both local and international cruises and our twin cities, Napier and Hastings, are known for sunny climes, fresh food, sprawling vineyards, and awe-inspiring landscapes. 

Rebuilt in the Art Deco style after a devastating earthquake in 1931, Napier is one of the best-preserved examples of Art Deco architecture in the world today.

From October to April every year, Napier Port welcomes cruise ships from around the world. Passengers arriving at Napier Port are greeted in typical Hawke’s Bay style – by friendly locals, dressed with a touch of our Art Deco heritage. It’s just one of the reasons visiting cruise passengers consistently rate us as one of the best ports of call in New Zealand.

A growing industry for Hawke’s Bay

Cruise tourism brings an estimated $20 million into Hawke’s Bay’s economy every year. Our cruise business has been growing strongly over the last few years , and passenger numbers are expected to increase more than 30% by 2027. With the growing cruise business comes demand for larger cruise ships, and our proposed wharf development is designed to prepare Napier Port for the next generation of cruise ships, which will be 360 metres in length. You can learn more about our plans here.

Over 60 cruise ship
calls per year

Over 150,000 passengers
and crew per year

Approximately $200
daily spend per passenger

In partnership to create a seamless experience

Napier Port works closely with cruise ship agents, hospitality and tourism organisations, and the New Zealand Customs Service to ensure a smooth experience for all cruise passengers visiting our region.

Our team works with ship’s agents to provide berthage, pilotage, towing and mooring services for each cruise ship. Our coordinated approach allows us to welcome up to three cruise ships to Napier Port at any one time.

Hawke's Bay Tourism
New Zealand Cruise Association

Our biggest cruise ship

The largest cruise ship to berth at Napier Port is the Ovation of the Seas, which arrived at Napier Port for the first time on 5 January 2017. At 348 metres long, it carries more than 4000 passengers and 1300 crew, and is the biggest ship to ever enter a New Zealand port. The visit went off without a hitch, with the ship’s arrival watched by hundreds of local spectators. Napier is now becoming a popular port of call for the Ovation, with several visits last season and more booked for the coming season.

Expert support makes the difference

Napier Port delivers superior service to our shipping partners because we have the best people in the right positions. Our cruise operation is headed by Port Services Manager Bruce Lochhead, and on-the-ground activities are overseen by Marine Services Coordinator Bechi McKay.

With the right team on the job, we know that we can deliver the best results for every ship that visits Napier Port.

A strategic thinker with an extensive background in shipping, Bruce has an in-depth understanding of the global cruise industry, cargo logistics and port operations. Having worked across the globe for P&O, P&O Nedlloyd and Swire North Asia services, he’s now proudly based in Hawke’s Bay at Napier Port.

As Port Services Manager, Bruce oversees Napier’s growing cruise operation, marine activities, and security; in addition to infrastructure maintenance, repair and replacement. Passionate about the growth potential of cruise in New Zealand, Bruce was elected to the Board of the New Zealand Cruise Association in 2017.

Bechi McKay

Bechi joined the Napier Port team as Marine Services Coordinator in 2017 and is handling on-the-ground cruise activities at Napier Port. With a strong background in event organisation, our cruise operation is in capable hands.

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