A new NZ$56m cruise ship berth capable of hosting the world’s largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, will be built in Lyttelton, close to Christchurch.
Lyttelton has been unable to host cruise ships for the last few years and ships have instead been berthing in Akaroa.
“Before the earthquakes, cruise ships were able to berth in Lyttelton, and bringing this facility back to Lyttelton by way of a custom built cruise pier will provide an attractive arrival experience for cruise ship visitors and a boost for Canterbury’s tourism industry as well as retail businesses in Christchurch,” Cruise New Zealand board member Tony Petrie said.
Lyttelton Port Company board chair Trevor Burt said the “huge project” would see ships return to Lyttleton in time for the 2019/20 season.
“The berth will future proof Christchurch as a cruise destination of choice for the next few decades, with the capacity to accommodate the largest ships coming to our part of the world,” he explained.