The first cruise ship has arrived in Tauranga.

Sun Princess docked in at the Tauranga Port at about 7.15am this morning.

A reporter at the scene said the area was buzzing with people and tour groups.

There are 83 cruise ship visits scheduled this summer.

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While there will be more visits than last season, overall passenger numbers look set to be down with 153,000 expected this season compared to 164,300 last.