From October to April, cruise ships transit the fiords beginning or ending at Milford.
Cruise ships have been visiting the Southland coast for several years, mostly into the Fiords and Paterson Inlet at Stewart Island. The number of visits and the size of the vessels have both increased. The carrying capacity of those vessels has meant that the number of cruise passengers visiting Southland’s coast has increased from around 6,300 in 2001/2002 to approximately 110,000 passengers in 2011/2012.
Since the late 1990 Environment Southland has formed a very close working relationship with Cruise New Zealand - the country’s representative of the wider cruise industry - and has significant contacts world–wide that assist the Council in developing and maintaining the necessary relationships with the cruise company owners.
The Deed of Agreement
Fiordland/Coastal Passenger Ship Emergency Plan
The Southern Police District maintains a comprehensive plan for
responding to an incident involving passenger ships in Fiordland or New
Zealand's Southern coast and it is regularly exercised. These waters are
some of the most remote and inaccessible in the world. Communications,
even by satellite telephone, is often difficult. To ensure that the
response to an emergency is effective and timely the basic information
contained in the attached form should be transmitted as soon as
possible. This information can be transmitted by voice or fax.
Download the Passenger Ship Emergency Message Form
Cruise ship schedule
For the schedule and names of cruise ships visiting New Zealand, visit the Cruise New Zealand website.
Cruise ships system login
If you are a cruise ship operator, you can log into our online cruise ship system here.
Download the Cruise Ship factsheet here.