The first cruise ship for the 2022/23 season has arrived in New Zealand.
Over the weekend P&O Pacific Explorer docked in at Queens Wharf in Auckland from Sydney.
It is the first ship here in nearly two and a half years.
About 2000 people – including crew and 1200 passengers – were on board. Its arrival also marked the reopening of cruising to the Pacific, with the ship on its way to Fiji next.
Twenty ships were due to dock in the country before Christmas.
The Pacific Explorer was based in Australia and followed Australian Covid-19 rules, Jones said.