Bay of Islands Ferry Timetable

 TRAVEL UPDATE:  Alert Level 1 - see below for details

 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, or for the latest information on any service disruptions or delays, please visit our Ferries Facebook page.

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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Alert Level 1

  • While it is no longer required, we encourage ferry passengers to continue using the Covid contract tracing app or complete the contract tracing register on board
  • Passengers are no longer required to wear a face mask in order to board and travel the ferries, but we encourage it.

Passenger Ferry Timetable

We operate regular passenger ferry services throughout the day between Paihia wharf and Russell. Ferry tickets can be bought online, from our booking office or on board. Ferry crossings take approximately 15 minutes.

Drop-offs at Waitangi are available on request (10am & 3pm sailings from Russell only).

Child fare: ages 5-14. Infants (children 0-4) travel free.

Return ticket prices

Adult

$13.00

Child

$6.50

Crossing Time

15 mins

Buy Return Ferry Tickets Online

You can now pre-book your ferry ticket online. Tickets are valid for 7 days from date of travel selected. Tickets are non-refundable unless for operational reasons.

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ON BOARD 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 Schedule from 26 Sep 2020 - 15 May 2021

 

Vehicle Ferry Timetable

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 - from $27.00

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

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