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The Aotea Maersk, the largest container ship to visit New Zealand, docked in Port of Tauranga today.
People crowded on the base track of Mauao to catch a glimpse of the biggest ship to ever come into Tauranga Harbour were not disappointed.
With cameras at the ready there were gasps of awe as the massive ship cruised into the harbour.
Capable of carrying 9,640 TEU (20 ft container equivalents), the 347 m long vessel arrived from Chile in the first port call on Maersk Line's enhanced Triple Star service, which now offers a fast weekly connection to North Asia.