An agreement has finally been made for the controversial extension of Auckland's Queen's Wharf after an independent panel saw "positive economic and social benefits" for the New Zealand Cruise industry. The project will allow the berthing of larger cruise ships with the addition of a 90m fixed gangway and two 15m by 15m concrete mooring structures fixed to the seabed. The approval for the extension includes a range of environmental conditions and best practices.
Managing Director of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, Mr Joel Katz hailed the decision as not only a step forward for Auckland, but for destinations around NZ. "As the international gateway to New Zealand, Auckland’s current berthing restrictions are hampering cruise operations and threatening to limit economic growth both locally and in other regions" Katz said. He also noted "The decision to increase the capacity of Queens Wharf will mean larger ships can safely berth in Auckland and make onward visits to ports all over the country, bringing enormous economic benefits".
The solution is a win for the NZ Cruise sector and ensures Auckland is at the forefront as cruise tourism within the region continues to thrive.