Bay of Islands Ferry Timetable

Fullers GreatSights operates passenger and vehicle ferries in the Bay of Islands and Hokianga. 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 and follow the instructions of our crew. Visit our Ferries Facebook page for the latest updates.

Passenger Ferry

Cruise across the Bay between Paihia and Russell

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Vehicle Ferry

Connecting Opua and Okiato daily

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Passenger Ferry Timetable

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Bay Belle is now operating its normal winter schedule, with the last departure from Russell at 9pm daily. If you are paying on board, please use contactless payment methods if possible. If you do not have a frequent user card, for the purpose of contact tracing we are required to record your contact details and time of travel.

While on board, please observe social distancing procedures and stay 1 metre away from others.

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

Adult

$13.00

Child

$6.50

Crossing Time

15 mins

PAYMENT ACCEPTED

EFTPOS, VISA, MasterCard, American Express

ENQUIRIES

PAIHIA

(09) 402 7421

RUSSELL

(09) 403 7866

Timetable Information

PAIHIA - RUSSELLRUSSELL - PAIHIA
07:20am 07:00am
08:30am 07:45am
09:30am - 09:30pm
Departures on the half hour
09:00am - 09:00pm
Departures on the hour
10:30pm* 10:00pm*

*Summer only (1 October - 15 May)

 

 

Vehicle Ferry Timetable

COVID-19 UPDATE: During Alert Level 2, 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.

OPERATING HOURS

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.

PAYMENT

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

PAYMENT ACCEPTED

EFTPOS, VISA, MasterCard, American Express

ENQUIRIES

PAIHIA

(09) 402 7421

 
RUSSELL

(09) 403 7866

Timetable

OKIATO - OPUAOPUA - OKIATO
06:00am
First ferry
06:10am
First ferry
09:50pm
Last ferry
10:00pm
Last ferry
Departures every 10 minutes (approximately)
between the hours above