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Giant cruise liner sails into Auckland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/12/2016

Ovation of the Seas, with 18 decks, is the largest cruise ship ever to visit New Zealand. (file photo) © Chris Ison/PA Wire Ovation of the Seas, with 18 decks, is the largest cruise ship ever to visit New Zealand. (file photo) The largest cruise ship ever to visit New Zealand, the Ovation of the Seas, has sailed into Auckland.

At 348m, the world's fourth largest cruise ship is longer than the Sky Tower is tall and too large to berth in Auckland.

Instead, it set anchor in the harbour with guests to be ferried on smaller vessels to the Viaduct area.

Onlookers can catch good views of the giant liner from Queens, Princes and Wynyard wharves, Devonport and Stanley Point.

Ovation of the Seas  (file photo) © Action Press/REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images Ovation of the Seas (file photo) The ship carries 6400 guests and crew and the economic benefit of its visits have been touted in the millions.

Its owners claim it is the most technologically advanced liner to have sailed in New Zealand waters.

It features such diversions as bumper cars, a circus school, rock-climbing on the ship's funnels, a surf machine and a viewing pod, 90m of which can be extended above the water.

It has 18 restaurants.

The ship has Sydney as its home port for the summer and a visit to Napier is scheduled for January 5.

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