Catching the ferry between Paihia and Russell is a fun and easy way to get out on the water in the Bay of Islands.
Passenger Ferry between Paihia and Russell
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-off at Waitangi available on request (10am & 3pm sailings from Russell only)
Child fare: ages 14 and under
Children under 5 years are free
*Summer only (1 October - 15 May)
Return ticket prices
|Paihia - Russell||Russell - Paihia|
|09:30am - 09:30pm departures on the half hour||09:00am - 09:00pm Departures on the hour|
Vehicle Ferry between Opua and Okiato
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.
|OKIATO - OPUA||OPUA - OKIATO|
|06:00am First Ferry||06:10am First Ferry|
|09:50pm Last Ferry||
Last Ferry, Departures
every 10 minutes (approximately)
between the hours above.
Vehicle prices (one-way)
- Car/Ute/Vehicles (less than 6 metres) $13.00
- Motorcycle $5.70
- Vehicle (6-8 metres) $20.00
- Vehicle (8-10 metres) $30.00
- Vehicle (10+ metres) $57.00
- Trailer (less than 6 metres) $13.00
- Trailer (6-8 metres) $20.00
- Trailer (8-10 metres) $30.00
- Trailer (10+ metres) $57.00
Campervans & Motorhomes (one-way)
- 2 Berth campervan $13.00
- 2 Berth toilet and shower campervan $20.00
- 4 Berth motorhome $20.00
- 6 Berth motorhome $20.00
- Car with caravan $26-$33
Foot Passengers (one-way)
- Adult Passenger $1.00
- Child Passenger (5-14 years) $0.50
- Child Passenger (0-5 years) FREE
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