Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Auckland Demand for Cruises on the Rise

Auckland Demand for Cruises on the Rise

29 August 2014

The popularity of international cruise holidays is soaring for Aucklanders, with a 20 per cent increase in forward bookings for House of Travel.

Non-traditional cruise destinations including North America and Asia are also emerging as favourites with Auckland residents, who are booking more cruise trips than the rest of the country.

Aucklanders’ increased desire for international cruising follows the national trend of growth - Kiwi cruise bookings have increased by 23% year-on-year, according to the latest industry figures.

Craig Hopley from House of Travel says nearly 80% of those bookings come from the North Island - the bulk of which are passengers travelling from the upper third of the country.

Many Auckland passengers are choosing to cruise close to home, with Australia, the South Pacific and New Zealand the most popular destinations.

The closer destinations suit busy Auckland residents, with 7-night cruises proving a hit for those fitting their cruise holiday into a one-week break from work.

For those travelling further afield, many Aucklanders are choosing to cruise to North America, particularly to Alaska and Hawaii.

The strong NZ dollar, and Hawaiian Airlines operating flights from Auckland has seen a growth of nearly 50% in bookings for cruises in this region.

There has also been an increase of over 200% for Aucklanders booking luxury river cruising in Asian destinations, in particular the Irrawaddy river in Burma, and the Mekong river in Vietnam and Cambodia.

For the rest of New Zealand, almost one-third of cruises booked are in the South Pacific, and nearly one in ten is in New Zealand.

Thirteen per cent of Kiwis also like the convenience of Australia, where they can combine the cruise with visits to friends and family.

Hopley says although a majority (52%) of cruise passengers is aged 50-65, they are also seeing a lot of growth in younger Kiwis choosing cruises, with more than a sixth of cruise passengers now under 50.

By Fleur Revell


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news