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 Fullers Bay of Islands Ltd.
  • Fullers Bay of Islands Ltd also 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 09 402 7421 or email hokiangaferry@fullersgreatsights.co.nz with service queries and for other costs (concessions, heavy vehicles etc.). 

 

Early-bird departures

(weekdays, excluding public holidays)

Rawene
(South terminal)  
Narrows
(North terminal, 4km
south of Kohukohu)
 
 7:00 AM    7:15AM

 

Regular departures

(7 days, weather dependent)

Rawene
(South terminal)  
Narrows
(North terminal, 4km
south of Kohukohu)
7:30 AM 7:45 AM
8:15 AM 8:30 AM
8:45 AM 9:00 AM
9:30 AM 10:00 AM
10:30 AM 11:00 AM
11:30 AM 12:00 PM
12:30 PM 1:00 PM
1:30 PM 2:00 PM
2:30 PM 3:00 PM
3:30 PM 4:00 PM
4:30 PM 5:00 PM
5:30 PM 6:00 PM
6:30 PM 7:00 PM
7:30 PM 8:00 PM

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
7:20 am 7:00 am
8:30 am 7:45 am
9:30 am - 9:30 pm DEPARTURES ON THE HALF HOUR 9:00 am - 9:00 pm DEPARTURES ON THE HOUR
10:30 pm* 10:00 pm*