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Cruise Ships Visiting the port of Bay of Islands New Zealand

Ships anchor in the channel between Tapeka Point and Russell. From there passengers are ferried to either Russell or Waitangi wharves. Russell now has a secure passenger transfer area on the wharf. Most ships arrive off Russell between 0700 hours and 0900 but typically 0800 for a day visit. They usually depart the same day at either 1700 or 1800 hours. Many passengers take organised tours as far north as Cape Reinga, the northern tip of New Zealand.

 

If you are visiting on a cruise ship and either on a limited budget or not keen spending hours on a tour bus, spend the day in Russell or book or own trips. Historic Russell is a favourite for many passengers who enjoy the relaxed village atmosphere with many historic places, cafes and shops. A mini tour of the Russell area and history operates from next to the wharf. Attractions include boat trips to explore the Islands including the famous "hole in the rock", swim with the Dolphins, bus tours, Waitangi Treaty grounds and more. There are good short walking tracks and a 10 minute passenger ferry trip to Paihia. Ferries run every 10-20 minutes with shopping. Walk or take a taxi the short distance to the Waitangi Treaty grounds.

 

Further visitor information can be found on this site on the following pages Attractions & Activities   Bay of Islands   Historic Russell Village   Paihia

Most ships will arrive from or depart to the port of Auckland.

 

 
2015-2016 Cruise Season Bay of Islands New Zealand Cruise Ship Visits

The list of cruise ships due to visit the Bay of Islands and the port of Russell is subject to change and provided as a guide only

Vessel Arrive Date Pass  Crew Arrive Depart Depart Date Last port Next port
Celebrity Solstice 6/4/15     1000 1800 6/4/15    
Sun Princess 11/4/15     0700 1600 11/4/15    
Dawn Princess 31/8/15     0700 1700 31/8/15    
Diamond Princess 9/10/15     0700 1700 9/10/15    
Celebrity Solstice 18/10/15     0700 1700 18/10/15    
Costa Luminosa 3/11/15     0800 1800 3/11/15    
Dawn Princess 8/11/15     0700 1600 8/11/15    
Voyager of the Seas 8/11/15     1100 1900 8/11/15    
Celebrity Solstice 13/11/15     700 1800 13/11/15    
Celebrity Solstice 15/11/15     700 1800 15/11/15    
Dawn Princess 21/11/15     000 1600 21/11/15    
Sun Princess 29/11/15     0800 1800 29/11/15    
Noordam 2/12/15     0700 1400 2/12/15    
Dawn Princess 4/12/15     0700 1600 4/12/15    
Explorer of the Seas 5/12/15     1100 1900 5/12/15    
Pacific Pearl 6/12/15     0700 1800 6/12/15    
Voyager of the Seas 14/12/15     0800 1700 14/12/15    
Celebrity Solstice 15/12/15     0900 1700 15/12/15    
Celebrity Solstice 17/12/15     0700 1800 17/12/15    
Diamond Princess 18/12/15         18/12/15    
Le Soleal 24/12/15     0730 0000 24/12/15    
Explorer of the Seas 27/12/15     1130 1830 27/12/15    
Noordam 30/12/15     0700 1600 30/12/15    
Diamond Princess 31/12/15     0700 1700 31/12/15    
Carnival Legend 2/1/16     0800 1800 2/1/16    
Voyager of the Seas 11/1/16     1100 2000 11/1/16    
Dawn Princess 13/1/16     0700 1600 13/1/16    
Celebrity Solstice 18/1/16     0700 1800 18/1/16    
Celebrity Solstice 20/1/15     0700 1800 20/1/15    
Seaborne Odyssey 26/1/16     0800 1800 26/1/16    
Caledonian Sky 26/1/16     1200 0000 26/1/16    
Noordam 27/1/16     0700 1400 27/1/16    
Silver Discoverer 28/1/16         28/1/16    
Albatros 6/2/16         6/2/16    
Pacific Princess 7/2/16     0800 1800 7/2/16    
Explorer of the Seas 8/2/16     0800 1800 8/2/16    
Silver Whisper 9/2/16     0800 0000 9/2/16    
Artania 9/2/16     0900 2000 9/2/16    
Aurora 12/2/16     0800 1700 12/2/16    
Celebrity Solstice 13/2/16     0700 1800 13/2/16    
Celebrity Solstice 15/2/16     0700 1800 15/2/16    
Le Soleal 19/2/16         19/2/16    
Carnival Spirit 20/2/16     0700 1500 20/2/16    
Europa 22/2/16     0700 1800 22/2/16    
Celebrity Solstice 23/2/16         23/2/16    
Arcadia 27/2/16     0800 1700 27/2/16    
Queen Mary 2 5/3/16     0800 0000 5/3/16    
Albatros 7/3/16     0800 1700 7/3/16    
Marina 8/3/16     0800 1500 8/3/16    
Marina 11/3/16     0800 1800 11/3/16    
Explorer of the Seas 14/3/16 0800 1700

14/3/16

Pacific Pearl 26/3/16 0800 0000

26/3/16

Noordam 6/4/16 0700 1400

6/4/16

Explorer of the Seas 9/4/16 0800 1700

9/4/16

Celebrity Solstice 12/4/16 1000 1800

12/4/16

Dawn Princess 17/4/16 0700 1600

17/4/6

Sea Princes 12/5/16 0700 1600

12/5/16

 
   
 
   

Cruise ships visiting the Bay of Islands are allocated one of the three anchorages above based on displacement and the number of ships in port the same day. Passengers are usually ferried by the ships lifeboats to the secure berthing facility at Russell wharf.

 

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QE II departing Russell and passing Tapeka Point

View from the deck of an arriving cruise ship passing Tapeka Del Mar just prior to dropping anchor off Russell. Check our views page for examples of the many vessels that pass by the beach house each day

 

Queen Mary 2 anchored between Tapeka and Russell

 

 

 

The map above shows AIS ship location data. Vessels with an AIS transponder will show on the map. These include all cruise ships, freight vessels travelling up and down the coast and smaller vessels such as the Bay Belle passenger ferry, pilots, tugs, super yachts, private craft etc. By mousing over the map it is possible to zoom in, zoom out and drag the map to other locations such as the port of Whangarei and Auckland. By clicking on a vessel icon, the vessel specifications and images can be displayed. This map will also display the location vessels carrying a Smartphone or Tablet running the mAIS free App provided they are in cellular coverage. This data is not retransmitted to vessels carrying dedicated AIS equipment but is available to anyone viewing map data in a web browser.

 

 

 

 

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