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Cruise Ships Visiting the 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 be departing to the port of Auckland.

 

 
2012-2013 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

2012  Vessel Arrive Date Pass  Crew Arrive Depart Depart Date Last port Next port
Dawn Princess 7.10.12 2272 900 7:00 16:00 Same day Auckland TBC
Dawn Princess 3.11.12 2272 900 7:00 16:00 Same day Auckland TBC
Oosterdam 4.11.12 2250  800 7:00 16:00 Same day Auckland TBC
Amsterdam 16.11.12 1653  600 11:00 19:00 Same day   Auckland
Pacific Venus 17.11.12 720  180 8:00 17:00 Same day   Port Villa
Dawn Princess 20.11.12 2272  900 7:00 16:00 Same day   Auckland
Orion 27.11.12 106 75 7:00 17:00 Same day At Sea Auckland
Radiance of the Seas 27.11.12 3360 859 7:00 17:00 Same day Auckland Sydney
Sea Princess 30.11.12 2272 875 7:00 16:00 Same day Auckland Sydney
Oosterdam 2.12.12 2250 800 7:00 15:00 Same day Auckland  
Dawn Princess 3.12.12 2272 900 8:00 17:00 Same day Fiordland Auckland
Pacific Pearl 3.12.12 1856 514 7:00 16:00 Same day Auckland Auckland
Sea Princess 6.12.12 2272 875 8:00 17:00 Same day    
Celebrity Solstice 20.12.12 2850   7:00 17:00 Same day Auckland Sydney
Sea Princess 26.12.12 2272 875 7:00 16:00   TBC TBC
Oosterdam 30.12.12 2250 800 7:00 16:00 Same day Auckland  
Silver Shadow 19.1.13 423 287 7:00 17:00 Same day Auckland Tauranga
Sea Princess 22.1.13 2272 875 7:00 16:00 Same day    
Oosterdam 23.1.13 2250 800 7:00 16:00 Same day Auckland  
Silver Whisper 24.1.13 486 287 13:30 20:00 Same day Rarotonga Auckland
Radiance of the Seas 1.2.13 3360 859 7:00 17:00 Same day Auckland Sydney
Carnival Spirit 3.2.13 2680 961     Same day    
Europa 5.2.13 408 285 8:00 18:00 Same day Fiji Auckland
Artenia 7.2.13 1260 537 8:00 22:00 Same day At Sea Auckland
Caledonian Sky 15.2.13 114 74 12:00 20:00 Same day Ahipara Auckland
Sea Princess 18.2.13 2272 875 7:00 16:00 Same day    
Balmoral 19.2.13 1778 471 7:00 17:00 Same day Auckland Hobart
Queen Victoria 20.2.13 2014 900 TBC TBC

Same day

Sea Princess 24.2.13 2272 875 8:00 17:00

Same day

Marina 24.2.13 1252 780 12:00 20:00

Same day

At Sea Tauranga
Orion 26.2.13 106 75 7:00 17:00

Same day

Great Barrier Auckland
Radiance of the Seas 3.3.13 3360 859 7:00 17:00

Same day

Auckland Sydney
Queen Mary 2 10.3.13 2620 1253 8:00 17:00

Same day

Auckland Dunedin
Bremen 29.3.13 188 8:00

Same day

Auckland
Marina 29.3.13 1252 780 8:00 18:00

Same day

   
 
   

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 off Tapeka beach during her first ever port visit to New Zealand March 2010.

 

 

The map above shows AIS ship location data. When the Bay of Islands receiving station is operating, 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 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 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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