Fullers GreatSights operates passenger and vehicle ferries in the Bay of Islands. It's a fun and easy way to get out on the water and get around the region. See our Ferry FAQs
COVID-19 UPDATE: Ferries continue to operate at a reduced capacity (see below for full details). Please pay via electronic methods if possible. Visit our Ferries Facebook page for the latest updates.
COVID-19 UPDATE: From Friday 27 March during the collective lockdown period we will not be operating passenger ferries.
We operate regular passenger ferry services throughout the day between Paihia wharf and Russell. Ferry tickets can be bought from our booking office or on board. Ferry crossings take approximately 15 minutes.
Drop-offs at Waitangi available on request (10am & 3pm sailings from Russell only)
Child fare: ages 14 and under
Children under 5 years are free
Return ticket prices
EFTPOS, VISA, MasterCard, American Express
|PAIHIA - RUSSELL||RUSSELL - PAIHIA|
|09:30am - 09:30pm
Departures on the half hour
|09:00am - 09:00pm
Departures on the hour
*Summer only (1 October - 15 May)
COVID-19 UPDATE: For four weeks starting 25 March, vehicle ferry services will continue to operate from 6am-10pm daily, but at a reduced frequency. We ask that all passengers remain in their vehicles while on board. Please use electronic payment methods during this time wherever possible.
The ferry service operates as a shuttle, departing approximately every 10 minutes during the day, and every 20 minutes early morning and late evening. Opua is about 7 minutes’ drive from Paihia and Okiato is about 10 minutes' drive from Russell.
Our vehicle ferries are suitable for all vehicles including trucks, buses and campervans.
Tickets can be purchased on board or at the Opua Store. EFTPOS is available on board.
When boarding the ferry, please stay in the ferry lane and move forward as space allows. Please follow the instructions of the crew.
The speed on the ferry is 5km/hr. A dangerous goods declaration is required for all commercial vehicles.
VEHICLE PRICES (ONE-WAY)
- Car/Ute/Vehicles (less than 6 metres) $13.50
- Motorcycle $5.90
- Vehicle (6-8 metres) $21.00
- Vehicle (8-10 metres) $31.50
- Vehicle (10+ metres) $60.00
- Trailer (less than 6 metres) $13.50
- Trailer (6-8 metres) $21.00
- Trailer (8-10 metres) $31.50
- Trailer (10+ metres) $60.00
CAMPERVANS & MOTORHOMES (ONE-WAY)
Estimated cost only, based on average length per berth campervan
- 2 Berth campervan $13.50
- 2 Berth toilet and shower campervan $21.00
- 4 Berth motorhome $21.00
- 6 Berth motorhome $21.00
- Car with caravan $27.00 - $34.50
FOOT PASSENGERS (ONE-WAY)
- Adult Passenger $1.00
- Child Passenger (5-14 years) $0.50
- Child Passenger (0-5 years) FREE
|OKIATO - OPUA||OPUA - OKIATO|
Departures every 10 minutes (approximately)
between the hours above