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Bay of Islands passenger ferry

Northland Ferries operates passenger and vehicle ferries in the Bay of Islands, providing regular and reliable connections for the local community and visitors to the region. It’s a fun and easy way to get out on the water and get around the Bay of Islands.


Paihia - Russell

Russell - Paihia

Crossing time: 15 minutes Crossing time: 15 minutes
7:20am 7:00am 
8:30am 7:45am
9:30am – 9:30pm ferry departures on the half hour 9:00am – 9:00pm ferry departures on the hour
10:30pm (September – May) 10:00pm (September – May)

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


You can buy ferry tickets from our booking office or on board the ferry using EFTPOS, VISA, MasterCard or American Express.
Pre-booked tickets are valid for 7 days from the date of travel selected. Tickets are non-refundable unless for operational reasons.

Foot passengers only

Adult - $13 (Return)
Child 5-14 years - $6.50 (Return)
Child 0-4 years - FREE


Paihia Terminal

Russell Terminal

Operator details

Last updated: 02 Apr 2024 4:33pm