Ferry Travel Information for New Zealand Holidays
Auckland Area Ferries
Auckland has many lovely outlying islands accessible only by ferry in under an hour. Trips to Waiheke, Rangitoto and Great Barrier Island are popular and worthwhile. Most operators also offer harbour cruises lasting up to a couple of hours. Main operators include www.fullers.co.nz and www.sealink.co.nz.
Cook Strait Ferry
The crossing from Wellington in the North Island to Picton on the South Island island is one of the most iconic ferry trips in the world. From the splendour of Wellington Harbour throught the open seas of the Strait into the tranquility and beauty of the Marlborough Sounds this crossing has it all. Cars, campervans and foot passengers are all accomodated. Main operators are www.interislander.co.nz and www.bluebridge.co.nz
Foveaux Strait - Stewart Island Ferry
Probably the most southerly ferry service in the world the Foveaux Strait ferry scuttles back and fore between Bluff and Stewart Island. One hour from the mainland the island is one of New Zealand's main unspoilt and little visited eco-tourism destinations. Coach connections to Invercargill, Te Anau and Queenstown are available. The main operator is www.stewartislandexperience.co.nz.