NZ regional port making moorings safer

The white sand beach at Timaru which has four cruise ship visits scheduled for early 2020 The white sand beach at Timaru which has four cruise ship visits scheduled for early 2020

PrimePort Timaru in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand between Christchurch and Dunedin is installing 15 shore bollards and new wharf bollards for the safer mooring of ships, including cruise vessels.

The fledgling cruise port, which is owned by Port of Tauranga and Timaru District Holdings Ltd, reports the work is due for completion by November, in time for the 2019-20 season with the 604-passenger Seabourn Encore arriving next January 14 and again on February 14 during her extended Australasia programme. 

Silversea’s 596-passenger flagship Silver Muse is scheduled to arrive on February 7 and Hapag- Lloyd’s 408-passenger Europa on February 15.  

One highlight of the port’s tourism attractions is Maori-owned Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre which has interactive exhibits and offers guided off-site tours to see ancient drawings.

 

Posted 13 June 2019

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Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent