Bay's cruise income tops $22m

By Rebecca Savory


Hawke's Bay's regional economy had a boost of $22.2 million in New Zealand's largest cruise ship season yet.

The 37 ships that came to the country in the 2012-13 season contributed $310 million to the national economy.

Cruise New Zealand's economic impact report forecasts these figures to increase, despite showing a drop in ship numbers going into the upcoming cruise season.

General manager at Hawke's Bay Tourism, Annie Dundas, was positive about the contribution cruise passengers brought to the area.

"Cruises are a very important part of tourism in Hawke's Bay," she said.

Although fewer ships are expected in the coming year, Hawke's Bay's economy is expected to grow by $400,000 over last year.

Napier City Council tourism services manager Neil Fergus said there were encouraging trends from previous seasons.

"The spending patterns are improving, which is a good sign."

The summer cruise season runs from October to April, with most cruise ships visiting New Zealand during that time.

"It certainly brings a vibrancy to town - it's very valuable to us," Mr Fergus said.

NZ cruise ship 2013-14 forecast

  • 33 ships (down from 37)

  • 200,000 passengers (down from 211,430)

  • $311 million in value add (up from $310 million)

  • 5361 jobs (up from 5330)

- Hawkes Bay Today

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