Auckland Builds Cruise Terminal in Response to Cruise Boom Down Under

September 12, 2012

(12:15 p.m. EDT) -- A $14.6 million redevelopment project is set to begin on the waterfront in Auckland, New Zealand, next week to cater to the region's booming cruise economy.

Waterfront Auckland today revealed details of the project, which will turn Shed 10 on Queens Wharf in the New Zealand capital into a cruise ship terminal and events center with a capacity of 3,000.

After cleaning and repairs, an elevator and windows will be added to the site, which was last used as a party venue during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The upcoming antipodean Summer cruise season is expected to be the busiest on record in the world's fastest growing region for cruise holidays.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Auckland will see 97 cruise ship visits in 2012, nearly double the number of just five years ago.

--by Jamey Bergman, Content Producer