NEW Zealand’s Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) is getting a custom-built cruise ship facility, capable of handling the largest cruise ships.
Construction on the facility commenced recently in a positive signal to the cruise industry, according to the NZ Cruise Association chairman Debbie Summers.
She said New Zealand’s cruise industry was looking forward to having the harbour-side town as a future destination.
“There’s nothing better than the amazing vibe that cruise tourism brings,” she said.
“Tourists will be excited to visit Akaroa, Lyttelton, Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region on their travels.”
LPC chief executive Peter Davie said he understood the noise from pile driving may be an inconvenience to local residents.
“While the level of noise cannot be effectively mitigated, residents will be able to view regular updates to the planned piling times on LPC’s harbour watch website www.lpcharbourwatch.co.nz,” he said.
“We are excited to see the construction phase begin as it signals a significant step in the return of cruise ships to Lyttelton Harbour,” Mr Davie said.