Interested in joining Cruise NZ?

Cruise New Zealand is the industry association of New Zealand’s cruise sector and is focused on managing the issues that affect the cruise sector. Issues such as the Border Clearance Levy, biofouling, championing the need to future-proof our infrastructure; finding smarter ways to process large volumes of people at the border; working with government bodies to ensure overly ambitious legislation is not passed at the expense of the industry and so forth. In other words, we are focused on ensuring New Zealand remains ‘cruise friendly’, a virtue cruise lines value in any destination.

If your business currently benefits from the cruise sector, you need to join Cruise New Zealand. We are the only association in New Zealand to champion cruise’s causes and this has a direct impact on the longevity of your business.

You will also get the opportunity to access industry intelligence, cruise contacts and attend relevant events.

We have three levels of membership, categorised by the level of cruise business you currently get. We have also introduced an Associate level of membership designed for those who wish to interact with the sector without too much investment. To find out more about a Cruise New Zealand membership, please download the Cruise New Zealand membership proposal.

Please feel free to get in touch with Kevin or any one of our board members to discuss if a Cruise New Zealand membership is for you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Cruise NZ members by category

Ground Handlers
Cruise Lines
Ports and Airports
Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) and other government agencies
Shipping Agents and Suppliers
Tourism Operators and Airlines
Associate Members

Ground Handlers

General Travel
Contact: Anna Black, Executive Director

ID New Zealand
Contact: Debbie Summers, Executive Director

Renaissance Tours
Contact: Tony Petrie, Managing Director

Travel Experience
Contact: Bruce Forsyth, Managing Director

Cruise Lines

Carnival Australia
Contact: Paul Mifsud, Director Port Operations

RCCL Australia
Contact: Sheldon Thompson, Port and Product Operations Manager


Centreport Wellington
Contact: Derek Nind, Chief Executive

Eastland Port Ltd
Contact: Deane Craw,  Port Services Manager

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch
Contact: Trudi Uttinger, Customer Relationship Manager

Ports of Auckland
Contact: Leigh Robins, Manager – Marine and Cruise Operations

Port Marlborough
Contact: Ian McNabb, CEO

Napier Port
Contact: Garth Cowie, Chief Executive

Port Nelson
Contact: Eugene Beneke, Business Development Manager

Port Otago
Contact: Peter Brown, Commercial Manager

Port of Tauranga
Contact: Leonard Sampson, Commercial Manager

Primeport Timaru
Contact: Phil Melhopt, CEO

Port Taranaki
Contact: Guy Roper, CEO

Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) and other government agencies

ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development)
Contact: Karen Thompson-Smith, Destination Development Manager

Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism
Contact: Caroline Blanchfield, Business Development Manager

Destination Kaikoura
Contact: Glenn Ormsby, Manager

Destination Marlborough
Contact: Jacqui Lloyd, General Manager

Destination Rotorua Marketing
Contact: Oscar Nathan, GM

Enterprise Dunedin
Contact: Louise van de Vlierd, I-SITE Manager

Environment Southland
Contact: Lyndon Cleaver, Maritime Manager

Hawke’s Bay Tourism
Contact: Annie Dundas, Trade and Tourism Industry Manager

Nelson Regional Development Agency Ltd
Contact: Mark Rawson, CEO

Northland Inc
Contact: Paul Davis, General Manager, Regional Promotion

Positively Wellington Tourism
Contact: Jo Heaton, Trade Marketing Manager

Tourism Bay of Plenty
Contact: Esther Goldsworthy, Cruise Manager

Tourism Eastland
Contact: Stuart Perry, CE

Tourism New Zealand
Contact: Tansy Tompkins, Trade Marketing Manager

Venture Southland
Contact: Bobbi Brown, GM Tourism, Events and Community

Venture Taranaki Trust
Contact: Stuart Trundle, CEO

Shipping Agents and Suppliers

Independent Provedoring
Contact: Winsome Dormer, Managing Director

ISS-McKay Shipping
Contact: Craig Harris, Managing Director

Tourism Operators and Airlines

Air New Zealand
Contact: Jenny Simpson, Tourism Partnerships Manager

Art Deco Trust
Contact: Sally Jackson, General Manager

Auckland Hop On Hop Off Explorer
Contact: Mark Gibson, Director

Auckland Museum
Contact: Adam Taylor, Tourism and Event Sales Manager

Black Cat Cruises
Contact: Paul Milligan, Managing Director

Business Paihia Inc
Contact: Tania Burt, Business Development Manager

Co-Op Taxi Auckland
Contact: Ian Graham, Director

Contact: Prashant Mahboobani, General Manager

Dunedin Railways (Taieri Gorge Railway Limited)
Contact: Toby Mann, Business Manager

Explore Group
Contact: Alyson Curran, Auckland Retail Sales Manager

Hasslefree Tours
Contact: Mark Gilbert, Managing Director

Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World
Contact: Philip McGowan, General Manager

Kiwifruit Country Tours
Contact: Graeme Crossman, Managing Director

Kiwirail Scenic Journeys
Contact: Derek Batchelor-Cook, Domestic Trade Manager

MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology)
Contact: Jeff Morris, Commercial Manager

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Contact: Bryn Lloyd, Manager Tourism

Napier i-SITE
Contact: Jane Libby, Manager

Nimons and Sons Limited
Contact: Bill Nimon, Managing Director

Rainbow Springs
Contact: Fraser Leddie, North Island GM at Ngai Tahu

Real Journeys
Contact: Tony McQuilkin, General Manager International Sales

Ritchies Transport Holdings Ltd
Contact: Tim Briscoe, General Manager – Coaches

Signature Chauffeur Services
Contact: Rose Christian, Director

Stay and Play – NZ Tourism Connections
Contact: Sophie Rainford, General Manager

Te Puia – The New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
Contact: Sean Marsh, Trade Marketing Manager

Contact: Justin Allan, Director

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Contact: Lori Keller, Managing Director

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Contact: Nineke Metz, Marketing & Communications Manager

Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours
Contact: Renee Raimona, Marketing Manager

Whale Watch Kaikoura
Contact: Lisa Bond, Marketing Manager


Angie J Ltd
Contact: Angela Jordan, Director

Aotea New Zealand
Contact: Julian Bottaro, General Manager

Dive Tatapouri
Contact: Chris Savage, Owner /Operator

Hallmark Limousines
Contact: Niki Dowe, Business Development Manager

Headfirst Travel
Contact: Ralph Davies, Director

IRCO Tours
Contact: Joanna Irwin, Managing Director

New Zealand Discovery Tours
Contact: Andrew Nuttall, CEO

Red Bus Ltd
Contact: Nicky Halligan, Marketing Coordinator

Ship to Shore (Retail – Queens & Princess Wharf
Contact: Wendy Keane, Business Owner

Contacts: Gordon Hewston and Keshleen Barnett

Takapuna Beach Business Association
Contact: Terry Holt

Tranzit Coachlines Wellington
Contact: Alex Mersi, GM

Weta Workshop
Contact: Jake Downing, Head of Tourism

Cruise New Zealand is governed by a board elected by members and a representative from Tourism New Zealand, and is managed by Executive Officer Kevin O’Sullivan.

The 2016/17 board members are:

Debbie Summers (Chair)
Executive Director
ID New Zealand

Karen Thompson-Smith (Deputy Chair)
Destination Development Manager
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)

Leigh Robins
Cruise Operations Manager
Ports of Auckland

Sean Marsh
Trade Marketing Manager
Te Puia

Craig Harris
Managing Director

Peter Brown
Commercial Manager
Port Otago

Tony Petrie
Managing Director
Renaissance Tours

Ian McNabb
Port Marlborough

Tansy Tompkins
Trade Marketing Manager
Tourism New Zealand