The cruise ship season runs from October to April each year.
Information for the 2013/2014 Cruise season will be updated closer to the time.
Below is the information from the 2012/13 season.
Depending on the size of the vessel, each cruise ship could have up to 2000 visitors. Very occasionally two cruise ships will visit Akaroa Harbour at the same time, resulting in a maximum number of 4000 visitors.
A schedule of visits for the 2013/14 season will be posted here in September 2013. The schedule includes passenger numbers and visit dates – all information included on the schedule is subject to change.
Parking map during cruise ship visits to Akaroa Harbour
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The map (right) highlights the parking restrictions that will be in place in the township, between 5am and 6pm only on the days when a cruise ship is berthed.
The parking plan will ease congestion in the township and will accommodate the large visitor numbers and their associated tourism activity.
For further information, please call Christchurch City Council Customer Call Centre on 941-8999 or 0800 800 169 . Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently asked questions
When do the cruise ships visit Akaroa Harbour?
The cruise ship season runs from October to April.
Do we know what specific dates the cruise ships will be visiting so that I can prepare in advance?
The schedule of cruise ship visits to Akaroa Harbour for the 2013/14 season will be posted here in September 2013. The schedule includes details of the ship’s name, estimated passenger numbers and the date of arrival. This information is a guide only and subject to change.
How many visitors will there be when a cruise ship berths at Akaroa Harbour?
Depending on the size of the vessel, each cruise ship will have up to 2000 visitors. Very occasionally two cruise ships will visit Akaroa Harbour at the same time, resulting in a maximum number of 4000 visitors. This is subject to change.
Where are the parking restrictions?
The restricted parking areas are located close to the main Wharf. See map above.
What time are the parking restrictions?
The parking restrictions will be in place from 5am until 6pm only on the days when a cruise ship (or ships) are berthed in Akaroa Harbour.
If I have an issue with access to my home/business on the day a cruise ship is berthed, who do I contact?
A Site Traffic Management Supervisor (STMS) will be located on the main Wharf from 6am until 6pm on the days that the cruise ships will be berthed in Akaroa Harbour. They are not contactable via phone.
If you would like to operate as an approved transport operator during the 2013/14 Akaroa cruise ship season further information will be posted here soon. (Note: Permits are valid only on those days when a cruise ship is visiting Akaroa harbour.)