Vehicle imports bolstered by pandemic

Unexpectedly strong growth in vehicle numbers this year has been due to high domestic demand.

It has been a year of two halves in the vehicle trade, with the first half of the year slightly down on the previous year but the second half well up.

Overall vehicle numbers were 21 percent higher than last year, reflecting a nationwide rise in demand for new vehicles during the initial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


The port’s cruise business remains on hold due to the government ban on international cruise ship visits to New Zealand ports as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a record 2020 cruise season, with 112 vessels visiting the port, a new high of 135 ships was booked to visit in the 2021 year. The cancellation of the entire season meant a loss in revenue of around $7 million for the port.

“While the future remains uncertain, we’re really looking forward to welcoming international cruise vessels back into the port as soon as it’s safe for them to come here.”

– Andrew Locke, GM Commercial