Cruise ships

Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The New Zealand Government has announced that cruise ships should not visit New Zealand ports until 30 June 2020.

Cruise ships already in New Zealand at the time of this announcement are able to continue and complete their local itineraries. We are not expecting any such vessels to visit the Bay of Islands.

It is highly likely, therefore, that there will be no further cruise ships in the Bay of Islands until 30 June 2020 at the very earliest.

Far North Holdings Limited (FNHL) acts as the Port Authority for the purposes of cruise ships visits to the Bay of Islands. FNHL holds ISPS certification for its cruise ships tender facility at Waitangi.

The tender pontoon is capable of taking three standard 100 pax tenders, at all tides, and the facility is capable of handling the large cruise ships with up to 5,000 passengers.

The pontoon was designed specifically for use by cruise ship tenders, is 27m long, and has a float height of .9 meters.

Cruise ship passengers are an important tourist component to the Bay of Islands and in the upcoming 2019-20 season we are expecting up to 150,000 passengers ashore with 69 scheduled ship calls.

For enquiries and cruise ship matters, call FNHL office on 09 402 5659.

Bay of Islands cruise ship schedule 2019/2020

Bay of Islands cruise ship schedule 2019-2020 Arrival and departure times are estimates only and may vary due to operational and/or weather issues.

Cruise ship schedule and superyachts

For a detailed schedule including passenger numbers for the 2019-20 Cruise Ship season please click here.