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Bay of Islands is tender.

 

Pretty sure all the rest are docked.

 

Sad but I’m struggling to remember how we got in there.

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If you are cruising on Ovation of thee Seas , Auckland is a tender port as well as the new mooring dolphin is not yet in place to enable the ship to dock.

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Which one of these ports of call are docked? My intineray does not specify.

Auckland, New Zealand - Tender

Picton - Commercial Dock which means you need to get the shuttle (5 mins) into Picton (cannot just walk around the dock).

Bay of Islands - Tender

Tauranga - Docked

Wellington - Docked and they have shuttles (15 mins) to take you to the centre of Wellington.

Dunedin - Port Chalmers and have a shuttle (1/2 hour) to take you into Dunedin centre but this one had a cost.

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Auckland, New Zealand - Tender

Picton - Commercial Dock which means you need to get the shuttle (5 mins) into Picton (cannot just walk around the dock).

Bay of Islands - Tender

Tauranga - Docked

Wellington - Docked and they have shuttles (15 mins) to take you to the centre of Wellington.

Dunedin - Port Chalmers and have a shuttle (1/2 hour) to take you into Dunedin centre but this one had a cost.

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Explorer 2015 we tendered into Tauranga.

 

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Unusual! How many other ships were there in port that day? I think Tauranga can handle two berthed at one time but probably no more.

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Unusual! How many other ships were there in port that day? I think Tauranga can handle two berthed at one time but probably no more.

 

From memory . I think I have seen 3 cruise ships docked at Tauranga. Plenty of room at the wharf .

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From memory . I think I have seen 3 cruise ships docked at Tauranga. Plenty of room at the wharf .

Strange they would have tendered but there would have been some reason.

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Thanks for all the responses. My second question is when we render in Auckland how difficult is it to board the tender with a walker? My mother in law is very limited and must walk with a walker. Will this be an issue?

I won't say it will be easy but the staff are usually very good and I am sure that they will make sure that your MIL will be safe and can get on and off without incident.:D

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Unusual! How many other ships were there in port that day? I think Tauranga can handle two berthed at one time but probably no more.

 

 

 

Sorry my mistake, I just checked my records and WE DID NOT tender into Tauranga. I was confused because we did get held for quite a while at an outer marker because there was some large ships manoeuvring in the channel.

 

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Sorry my mistake, I just checked my records and WE DID NOT tender into Tauranga. I was confused because we did get held for quite a while at an outer marker because there was some large ships manoeuvring in the channel.

 

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Which one of these ports of call are docked? My intineray does not specify.

Auckland, New Zealand

Picton

Bay of Islands

Tauranga

Wellington

Dunedin

Testing my memory on Picton but all of them are docked except Bay of Islands and Picton.

Trish

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Thanks for all the responses. My second question is when we render in Auckland how difficult is it to board the tender with a walker? My mother in law is very limited and must walk with a walker. Will this be an issue?

 

Your MIL will need to be able to walk up and down the steps to the tender jetty. It can be upwards of a dozen or more steps from the water level to the ship entry point or it maybe just few. Different ships have differing requirements. If she can make these steps the crew will do all they can to assist. Her walker will need to be one that folds up otherwise she may have to remain on board

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When did Auckland become a tender port. We were there on the Dawn Princess in December '15 and they parked her at Queens Wharf in the middle of the City.

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When did Auckland become a tender port. We were there on the Dawn Princess in December '15 and they parked her at Queens Wharf in the middle of the City.

I think it is only the Ovation of the Seas (or a similar sized ship) that has had to tender in Auckland. The city is going to install what is called a "dolphin" in the harbour to effectively extend the length of the wharf to allow her to tie up in the future. Other ships tie up at Queens Wharf in the middle of the city.

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Princes and Queens Wharves are the normal tie ups for cruise ships. The new super liners are too big for these two wharves and have to tender out in the stream. The "Dolphin" is still some time away so these super ships will have to tender for a while

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The tender operation for Ovation in Auckland has become become very slick and efficient....at least it was last season .

The tenders are almost operating as soon as the ship drops anchor. They are specially designed to handle large numbers and have double doors to speed up entry and exit. They have been landing at the new Wynyard Quarter in Auckland , beside the Events Centre ,They have an area set aside which can handle 3 or 4 tenders landing at once .

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If you are cruising on Ovation of thee Seas , Auckland is a tender port as well as the new mooring dolphin is not yet in place to enable the ship to dock.

 

 

 

When is the dolphin due for completion?

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When did Auckland become a tender port. We were there on the Dawn Princess in December '15 and they parked her at Queens Wharf in the middle of the City.

 

Its only the Ovation of the Seas (and was going to be the Queen Mary 2, before she cancelled her stop) that tenders in Auckland.

 

The rest of the ships that visit Auckland can dock :)

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The tender operation for Ovation in Auckland has become become very slick and efficient....at least it was last season .

The tenders are almost operating as soon as the ship drops anchor. They are specially designed to handle large numbers and have double doors to speed up entry and exit. They have been landing at the new Wynyard Quarter in Auckland , beside the Events Centre ,They have an area set aside which can handle 3 or 4 tenders landing at once .

 

 

BUT be aware there is NO SHELTER, so if it is a sunny day it will still be a long wait in the sun to get back onto the tender. Make sure you are hydrated, have sun screen and a hat.

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BUT be aware there is NO SHELTER, so if it is a sunny day it will still be a long wait in the sun to get back onto the tender. Make sure you are hydrated, have sun screen and a hat.

 

Excellent advice. I'm from the tropics so was surprised to get sunburnt on the North Island of NZ.

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HY could you tell me witch ports of call need a tender to go ashore Thanks

Your cruise brochure should indicate if ports on your cruise require a tender. Which ports are you calling at? If it is NZ, Akaroa and Bay of Islands are tender ports. Auckland can be a tender port for Ovation of the Seas. In very rare circumstances, Sydney can be a tender port.:D

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HY could you tell me witch ports of call need a tender to go ashore Thanks

You’d need to tell us your itinerary.

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For New Zealand I think only the Bay of Islands and Akaroa are tender ports. For Australia Esperance, Airlie Beach and Cairns are Tender ports. Cairns is dependant upon the size of the ship and availability of berthing within the port

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The south Pacific is full of tender ports, just like all over the world and just like there are ports where ships can dock, sometimes they tender anyway due to other ships. We would really need to have your itinerary, and dates.

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