Cruise Berth

Cruise Berth

Welcoming the world to Canterbury

We’re helping to bring the world’s largest cruise ships to Canterbury through the construction of New Zealand’s first ever custom-built cruise ship facility. The new berth represents a significant investment into our region and will be a major contributor to the future economic growth of Lyttelton, Christchurch and Canterbury.

Managing noise levels

Constructing the new berth entails pile driving which will unfortunately create noise for Lyttelton residents and businesses. The noise levels will sound similar to the construction of the Cashin Quay wharf in 2014/15 or piling for new buildings in the Christchurch CBD. While we can't reduce the noise levels we hope to minimise the inconvenience by clearly showing our piling schedule so people can plan around the noise.

Please view our latest schedule here.

Managing noise levels
  • Annual cruise industry value to NZ

    $700 million

  • Construction period

    26 months

  • Expected vessels per year

    75+ ships

  • Passengers and crew on board

    Up to 8000 people

Cruise ships in Port

Large cruise vessels have been unable to berth at Lyttelton Port since the February 2011 earthquake. With the new cruise berth in place, we will be able to welcome the full range of cruise vessels, even the MS Oasis of the Seas which carries over 5,000 passengers and 2,000 staff! Overall the Port expects to host 75 or more ships per year.

Cruise ships in Port

How it works

Constructing the new berth

The berth will be located on the eastern side of the inner harbour entrance. When complete it will measure 148 metres long by 10 metres wide. It is designed to withstand significant seismic events and ensure ships are safe in our wind and wave conditions.

Through a multi-stage design process, LPC has developed a cost effective design for the new berth which minimises impacts on the environment. There are two components of construction – the wharf itself and landside works to support the wharf and provide land transport services for the cruise passengers. Landside works will begin in early July 2018 and wharf construction in 2018. The whole project is expected to be completed in time for the 2020/21 cruise season.

Constructing the new berth