The giant cruise liner Queen Elizabeth has docked at Auckland's Queens Wharf this morning and will form the backdrop of a tribute to New Zealand's Anzac soldiers today before sailing to Gallipoli.

A commemorative service featuring Auckland War Memorial Museum Director, Roy Clare CBE and members of the Returned and Services' Association, and defence forces will be held on the decks of the liner today.

Queen Elizabeth has 12 decks housing more than 3000 guests and crew, multiple restaurants, bars and pools.

At nearly three rugby fields long and 30m wide, the liner is big.


Passengers can swan between decks before settling on their bar, restaurant or pool of choice, while children and teenagers also have their own dedicated section.

The Queen Elizabeth arrives in Auckland. Photo / Sam Sword
The Queen Elizabeth arrives in Auckland. Photo / Sam Sword

However, Queen Elizabeth isn't the largest liner to berth in the City of Sails this cruising season. That is the Voyager of the Sea, which has been in Auckland three times in the past two months.

During one of the stops, it was carrying 3820 passengers.

The Celebrity Solstice has visited a few times, most recently in January when it had 2926 guests.
The Diamond Princess, with 2850 passengers, docked last month, and again two weeks later, and the Oosterdam - with 1750 passengers - was in town in November.