Aust cruise passenger deported from NZ

An Australian cruise ship passenger has been deported from New Zealand after being denied entry into the country.

The 59-year-old man was not allowed into the port when the Australian vessel Radiance of the Seas arrived in the South Island town on Dunedin on Sunday, Immigration New Zealand says.

National border manager Stephanie Greathead says the man had failed to meet "character requirements".

He was held in custody overnight before being put on a flight to Australia, unescorted.

Privacy rules prevent INZ disclosing why the man had been barred from entering the country, a spokeswoman says, but grounds for refusal into the country generally can include having served a prison term of a certain length.

Since 2015, New Zealand authorities have stopped 14 people entering the country by sea.