Bay of Islands Ferry

Paihia to Russell 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.

See our Ferry FAQs, or for the latest information on any service disruptions or delays, please visit our Ferries Facebook page.

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COVID-19 Protection Framework: ORANGE

  • The passenger and vehicle ferries are operating on their usual schedules.
  • Do not travel if you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Foot passengers must wear a face mask at all times while on board. Vehicle ferry passengers do not need to wear masks.
  • Read our FAQs page for more information on travel under the ‘traffic lights’ settings.

passenger Ferry Timetable

Crossing time: 15 minutes



9:30am – 9:30pm ferry departures on the half hour

10:30pm (24 September 2021 – May 2022)

Crossing time: 15 minutes



9:00am – 9:00pm ferry departures on the hour

10:00pm (24 September 2021 – May 2022)

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

passenger FERRY PRICES

You can buy ferry tickets online, 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 - $14 (Return)

Child 5-14 years - $6.50 (Return)

Child 0-4 years - FREE


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Vehicle Ferry

The ferry service operates as a shuttle, departing approximately every 10 minutes during the day, and every 20 minutes early morning and late evening. Opua is about 7 minutes’ drive from Paihia and Okiato is about 10 minutes’ drive from Russell.

Our vehicle ferries are suitable for all vehicles including trucks, buses and campervans. Please note low tides may dictate travel time for extra-large vehicles, including oversize truck and trailer units, buses and overweight vehicles. Please contact us to confirm your requirements.

When boarding the ferry, please stay in the ferry lane and move forward as space allows. Please follow the instructions of the crew.

The speed limit on the ferry is 5km/hr. A dangerous goods declaration is required for all commercial vehicles.

Vehicle Ferry Timetable

First ferry

Last ferry

Departures every 10 minutes (approximately) between these hours

Service departs from the Opua Ferry Terminal, Beechy St, Opua.  

First ferry

Last ferry

Departures every 10 minutes (approximately) between these hours

Service departs from the wharf at the end of the Te Araroa Bypass, Okiato. 

vehicle Ferry PRICING

You can buy vehicle ferry tickets on board or at the Opua Store. EFTPOS, VISA, MasterCard and American Express are available on board.

There is no additional charge for passengers travelling in the vehicle. Prices shown are for one-way travel. 

Foot Passengers

Adult - $1.00

Child (5-14 years) $0.50 / Child (0-4 years) FREE

Car / UTE (Less than 6 Metres)



Less than 6 metres $13.50

6 - 8 metres $21.00

8 - 10 metres $31.50

10+ metres $60.00

VEhicles (Over 6 Metres)

6 - 8 metres $21.00

8 - 10 metres $31.50

10+ metres $60.00

If you are driving a large vehicle such as a bus or truck and trailer unit, we recommend travelling 2 hours either side of low tide.

If you are unsure please contact us for assistance.


2 Berth campervan $13.50

2 Berth toilet and shower campervan $21.00

4 Berth motorhome $21.00

6 Berth motorhome $21.00

Car with caravan - from $27.00

Estimated cost only, based on average length per berth campervan

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