Ferries to New Zealand
14 Ferry crossings from 10 Ports
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Ferries to New Zealand

Covered with lush landscapes and host to a dynamic culture, this is the perfect place to come to relax, escape from the world, and to enjoy nature whilst surrounded by friendly locals. With New Zealand being split into 2 islands, getting a ferry is necessary to travel between the North and the South Islands, and the Cook Strait is the major crossing point in New Zealand. With up to 891 ferries running a week, across 24 routes, book now with Direct Ferries to find the best ferry at the best price for you.

There are 6 ports in New Zealand. Auckland port and Wellington port are located on the north island and Bluff port is located on the South Island. Wellington port is the most popular located in New Zealand, with 5 daily sailings and ferry connections to Picton.

Day Trips to New Zealand

  • Auckland to Waiheke ferry - 40 minutes
  • Bluff to Oban ferry - 1 hour
  • Coromandel to Auckland ferry - 2 hours

Again, the sheer number of ferries coming across 24 different routes both in New Zealand, and the surrounding islands, means that there is not one singular ferry duration, but instead many, depending not only on what route you are taking, but also which ferry operator you are travelling with. Ferry durations can last from anywhere between 25 minutes, to 2 hours, to 5 hours, depending on the route.

Prices for the New Zealand ferry might change depending on the season you want to travel. Cheap ferry tickets are usually available during off peak, outside of the high season. Please visit our special offers page to find all the latest ferry discounts.

There are currently only a select few ferries that you can take your car on, such as the Cook Strait, and certain ferries from Waiheke Island, although again it will also depend on the operator, so be sure to check before you book that you can take your car with you.

Most popular questions

Which ferries travel to New Zealand?

Ferries to New Zealand:
  • Wellington
  • Picton
  • Waiheke
  • Rangitoto
  • Oban (Stewart Island)
  • Great Barrier (Tryphena)
  • Great Barrier (Port Fitzroy)

What is the fastest ferry to New Zealand?

The fastest ferry crossing to New Zealand is via the Rangitoto to Auckland ferry, in approximately 25m.

What is the cheapest ferry to New Zealand?

The cheapest ferry to New Zealand is $102 on average via the Waiheke to Half Moon Bay (Auckland) route. Ferry prices for New Zealand can vary depending on what season you decide to travel. Price exclusive of booking fees.

What are the ferry ports in New Zealand?

New Zealand Ferry Ports:
  • Picton
  • Wellington
  • Auckland
  • Bluff
  • Half Moon Bay (Auckland)

Can you take pets on the ferry to New Zealand?

Yes, passengers are allowed to bring pets onboard the ferries with certain ferry companies. However, please ensure that you have read all the operator guidelines on pets before travelling. Currently you can bring pets on ferries with the following operators

New Zealand Ferry Map and Routes

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