Ferries

Hokianga ferry

Overview

Both the east and the west coasts of the Far North have vehicle and passengers ferries that form part of the District's transportation network.  

  • The Hokianga ferry, between Rawene and Kohukohu, is operated on behalf of the Far North District Council by Broadspectrum.
  • Fullers GreatSights run a vehicle ferry between Opua and Okiato, and a passenger ferry between Paihia and Russell. There are two other operators who also run a passenger ferry between Paihia and Russell - Waitere (the blue ferry) and the Happy Ferry (white).

Hokianga vehicle ferry

The ferry operates seven days a week. Departure times are shown in the table below. The cost for light vehicles (one way) is $20 and $2 per passenger.

Call 09 405 2602 or email ferry@broadspectrum.com with service queries and for other costs (concessions, heavy vehicles etc.). 

Rawene
(South terminal)

Narrows
(North terminal, 
4km
south of Kohukohu)

 Early-bird departures (weekdays, excluding public holidays)

0700 

0715
 Regular departures (7 days, weather dependent)
Rawene Narrows (Kohukohu)
0730 0745
0815 0830
0845 0900
0930 1000
1030 1100
1130 1200
1230 1300
1330 1400
1430 1500
1530 1600
1630 1700
1730 1800
1830 1900
1930 2000

Bay of Islands vehicle ferry

Vehicle ferry sailings are reduced during the COVID-19 lockdown. Visit Fullers GreatSights website for more information.

OKIATO - OPUA OPUA - 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.

 

Bay of Islands passenger ferry timetable

Passenger ferry services are not operating during the COVID-19 lockdown. Visit Fullers GreatSights website for more information.

The Bay Belle is operated by Fullers GreatSights and the timetable is shown below. The Happy Ferry (white ferry) and Waitere (blue ferry) offer a service that fits in with Bay Belle to ensure there is a passenger ferry every 20 minutes between Paihia and Russell.

PAIHIA - RUSSELL RUSSELL - 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*