New Zealand


NZ Biosecurity reminds cruise ships to clean hulls before sailing

As cruise lines in Australia gear up for the busy summer season next month, New Zealand’s Biosecurity authorities have stepped up efforts to ensure 57 cruise ships scheduled to visit NZ should have their hulls properly cleaned to comply with the country’s biofouling rules.

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Sep 14 2023

Cruise lines scramble to halt chaos of last year’s NZ cruise sailings

New Zealand’s last cruise season involved a lot of heartbroken passengers, as many ships were turned away from entering Fiordland National Park due to new biosecurity regulations. Many cruise ships were turned away due to their hulls containing biohazards, even some that had been recently cleaned.

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Aug 31 2023

Is New Zealand heading for another season of cruising chaos?

A letter to guests had a familiar ring. “Please be advised that Grand Princess must complete a thorough hull cleaning in advance of our calls to New Zealand. As a result, we will now overnight […]

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . May 19 2023

Police probe claims of ‘extortion attempt’ over New Zealand biohazard ship checks

The managing director of a Sydney port services company has reported an alleged “extortion attempt” by a former staff member to police after a dossier was sent to the media alleging documents on hull cleaning […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Mar 17 2023

Another cruise ruined by NZ bio rules: Should we now halt sailings across the ditch?

Another cruise ship has been banned from New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park over biofouling, provoking fury from passengers.

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Mar 10 2023

Seven lines hit by New Zealand’s bio-blockade as passengers fume

From Carnival to Viking, almost every cruise line has fallen foul of New Zealand’s tough biosecurity regulations about hull cleaning. It’s meant disaster for many passengers who have travelled around the world for a once-in-a-lifetime […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jan 12 2023

Oceania Regatta becomes fifth ship caught by New Zealand bio laws row as talks open to try and end the problem

The Oceania Regatta has become the fifth cruise victim of New Zealand’s biosecurity laws, cancelling two port calls in the country. Queen Elizabeth, Regent Seven Seas Explorer, Viking Orion and Coral Princess also had to […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jan 7 2023

The 8 best dishes I tried in Auckland

First-timers visiting Auckland are sometimes surprised by the prevalence of the Māori language on street signs, in the media and among the local population. The revival in recent years has been so successful that Māori […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Nov 1 2022

10 best cruise itineraries to New Zealand

With New Zealand having finally opened its ports again earlier this year, there’s no better time to cruise to one of the world’s most scenic locations. From sweeping glaciers to long sandy beaches, Māori legends […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Oct 20 2022

Celebrity Cruises makes triumphant return to New Zealand

After 946 days without docking in the land of the long white cloud, Celebrity Cruises is finally back in New Zealand. It also marks Celebrity Eclipse’s first appearance in the country and the third ship […]

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Oct 19 2022

18 cruises worthy of your 2022 bucket list

After waiting two years to cruise, Australians can at last fly around the globe to join cruise ships in some of the world’s most desirable ports. It’s time to dive back into cruising and embark […]

WORDS BY Louise Goldsbury . Jul 7 2022