The number of cruise ship passengers to visit Tauranga increased by almost 50 per cent last year, according to the latest figures from Statistics New Zealand.

And with that came more than $23 million of extra cruise ship spending.

In the year ended June, Tauranga saw a total of 227,358 unique cruise ship passengers visit.

The year before, it was 152,509 – an increase of 74,849 people (49 per cent).

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No other port in New Zealand recorded a larger increase in passengers last year and that jump sees Tauranga now nipping at the heels of Auckland and Port Chalmers, which

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The number of unique cruise ship passengers to visit Tauranga