Northland can expect another record number of cruise ships passengers - and associated spend - this coming season, with earnings set to shoot up by about 14 per cent after spending almost $21 million last season.

Figures released by Stats NZ show that the country had a record cruise ship season in the year to the end of June, with Northland seeing a 19 per cent increase in cruise ship passengers to the Bay of Islands and 29 per cent increase in spending.

Last season 20 cruise ships visited the Bay of Islands, carrying 122,989 passengers - a 19 per

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