Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth Leaving Wellington Harbour

Wellington, New Zealand was founded for its fine port, and to this day is a busy one. Its not often that you see quite such a large cruise ship as the new Queen Elizabeth though! In fact the previous week we’d seen her sister ship the Queen Mary come through I took this shot from Breaker Bay on the south coast and just opposite the harbour mouth. I’ve never seen quite as many people on the road looking for a parking spot! Lucky for me I have a friend who owns a home with a roof terrace just in the right location.

Normally it takes around 20 minutes for a boat to leave the city wharf and get to this location. But the cruise liner took the scenic route doing a loop around the inner harbour before finally heading out to sea. At this point its not far from where an inter-island ferry, the Wahine, sunk in 1968 with a number of lives lost. Fortunately for the Queen Elizabeth’s passengers they had much better weather!

Queen Elizabeth cruiser liner Wellington, NZ

Elisabeth Sowerbutts


  1. Nomadic Samuel on April 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Wow! I think it would be brilliant to be on board there 🙂

    • Elisabeth on April 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

      It would be OK for a short trip – but there are other cruise lines I’d do first – I think the average age is like 80! It was sure an impressive ship to see up close though!

  2. Mary Haight on April 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Well that is quite a ship – it’s a floating city! Maybe the avg age is because it’s on many people’s bucket list, hee hee! I liked the look of the Sea Goddess when I saw it many years ago and that smaller more intimate setting has much more appeal for me. Thanks for the post and the photo!

    • Elisabeth on April 16, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Mary your post was marked by Askimet – hence the delay in approval. Yeah, they don’t exactly have budget cabins – it starts at expensive and goes up from there! I agree if I was going to cruise I’d go on a smaller ship

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