Cruise and Shed 10

The international cruise industry has grown phenomenally over the past two decades, with Auckland playing a key role in New Zealand’s cruise calendar as the primary exchange port, where passengers embark or disembark their vessel, and where ships are re-provisioned. 

Twenty years ago, the  1996/97 Auckland cruise ship season saw  27 ships with 19,400 passengers visit our shores. In 2014/2015, the city welcomed 92 ships carrying 188,500 passengers, marking a significant increase in both the number of visits and the size of ships, and which injected $190.7 million GDP into the Auckland regional  economy.

In 2011, the Mayor of Auckland announced Shed 10 would be refurbished to become Auckland’s primary cruise ship terminal. Construction was completed in time for the 2013/14 cruise season.

Queens Wharf can accommodate ships up to 294 metres long, with most cruise ships currently visiting Auckland between 250m and 290m.

The first floor of Shed 10 operates as a passenger lounge, and includes a processing and waiting area for embarking passengers, and a  Customs-controlled space for border agency processing. The ground floor of Shed 10 is used for passenger luggage, security and additional border agency processing.

Shed 10 is in a prime location for cruise passengers; based at the bottom of Queen Street, Shed 10 is located close to a number of popular tourism operators, a variety of shopping and dining precincts, as well as various public transport options. 


Cruise Industry Links 

Find out more about the cruise industry in New Zealand here.

Check the cruise timetable here.