The one where Auckland responds to cruise boom

Artist’s impression of Shed 10. Picture: Waterfront Auckland

The NZD$14.6 million redevelopment of Shed 10 on Queen’s Wharf, Auckland will commence next week in response to the cruise boom New Zealand has seen in recent years.

Most recently used as a ‘Fanzone’ for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the ‘Class 1’ heritage-listed Shed 10 is more than 50 percent larger than the current cruise terminal across the water at Princes Wharf.

Designed to be a multipurpose cruise terminal and events centre, the building that dates back to 1910 is set to cater for events of up to 3,000 guests when it opens in April 2013.

“For Auckland to gain maximum economic benefits from cruise, it needs to also become more cruise friendly and invest in both port-side and land-side infrastructure,” Auckland Mayor Len Brown said.

The development comes as New Zealand braces itself for the country’s busiest cruise season in history with Royal Caribbean’s 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas bringing her ice rink at sea to the country later this year and all three Cunard Queens visiting the region in 2014.

“This region still remains a very aspirational destination,” Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia and New Zealand managing director Gavin Smith said to The New Zealand Herald.

“The economics provide the reason to send big, modern ships.”

101 ships calls are set to be made to Auckland in 2013 compared to 97 in 2012.

Originally written by Natalie Aroyan for e-Travel Blackboard

 

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