Far North Holdings Limited (FNHL) holds Cruise Ships authority under the Maritime Security Act 2004. This includes meeting the international standards for security. Two FNHL staff contractors hold Port Facility Security Officer status. It enables cruise ships to anchor within the Bay of Islands and disembark passengers to visit district-wide tourist attractions and to shop locally.
The Waitangi Wharf was specifically designed and constructed for the disembarkation of cruise ship passengers. Studies show that passengers travelling on cruise ships in New Zealand spend an average of $160 per day on retail while in port. This means that cruise ship passengers may be spending over $2 million in the Bay of Islands region each year. There are an expected fifty one cruise ship visits to the Bay of Islands during the 2016/2017 season, and 90,000 passengers.
(Arrival and departure times are estimates only and may vary due to operational and/or weather issues).