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Visiting New Zealand

Ferry Routes

Great Barrier Island to New Zealand

Great Barrier to Auckland

3 Sailings Weekly
4 hrs 30 mins

Motuihe Island to New Zealand

Motutapu Island to New Zealand

New Zealand to New Zealand

Rangitoto Island to New Zealand

Stewart Island to New Zealand

Waiheke Island to New Zealand

Why take a ferry to New Zealand?

Booking a ferry to or from the UK with Compare Ferries couldn't be easier. Situated in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is an idyllic country with a rich history and stunning landscapes. Comprised of the North Island and the South Island, as well as over 600 smaller islands, the country is steeped in history and has many natural attractions to explore.

In addition to the mountains, beaches and waterfalls, there are numerous town and city locations to visit too. Auckland, located on the North Island, is popular with holidaymakers of all ages and offers a mix of vibrant nightlife and daytime activities, for example. Whether you want to shop in the country’s most diverse city, head to the harbour to take a boat cruise or simply sit back and experience the Polynesian culture, Auckland has it all.

With over 20 ports situated on the islands, including Wellington and Picton, it’s easy to arrange transportation via ferry. Whilst most people assume air travel is the only option, this simply isn’t the case when you’re travelling to and from New Zealand. In fact, travelling via sea offers you the opportunity to take in the mesmerising views and unique scenery arriving at your destination totally relaxed.

Currently, ferries visit a range of destinations on the New Zealand coast so you should find it straightforward to book a crossing near to where you're staying. Choose from Napier, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, amongst others and enjoy your trip through the crystal-clear waters. Compare Ferries receives the latest prices and special offers from the leading New Zealand ferry companies including Bluebridge, Fullers, Sealink and Interislander.

Highlights of New Zealand

Upon arriving in New Zealand, many tourists are keen to explore both the main islands, as well as some of the more well-known smaller islands. Fortunately, dedicated ferry services ensure that this is easy to do. Both Interislander and Bluebridge provide regular services, often running trips between the islands 3 times a day.

The Bay of Islands cruise is also an ideal way to explore the region. An ocean safari offers the chance to swim with dolphins or you can take a speedboat ride to Cape Brett. Leaving from Waitangi Wharf, it's easy to access a wonderful range of ferry trips if you want to explore the surrounding areas.

Separated by the Cook Strait, the distance between the North and South Islands can be covered in just over three hours. Often referred to as one of the most scenic and breath-taking ferry journeys in the world, passengers can take advantage of world-class facilities whilst getting a unique view of the country and surrounding oceans.

Whilst there are hundreds of man-made attractions to enjoy in New Zealand, the natural wonders and rugged terrains are, perhaps, the biggest draw. With National Parks situated on both main islands, it’s easy for tourists to explore the great outdoors. With lakes, alpine meadows, volcanoes and hot springs in Tongariro National Park alone, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a variety of landscapes, regardless of which park you choose to visit.

Although one of the smallest parks in New Zealand, Abel Tasman National Park is perfect for adventurers. With cruises, kayaking, hiking and snorkelling available, as well as sandy beaches, dense forestry and coastal tracks, visitors have the choice to relax by the ocean or jump from one activity to the next.

The culture, food and drinks

Known for its history, New Zealand has a proud culture and heritage. Whether you want to learn more about the Māori art of wood carving or whakairo, delve into the legends surrounding the waters of greenstone or tour famous grounds, such as the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the Te Waniki Gallery, it’s easy to do so.

For food lovers, New Zealand is the perfect destination. Combining culture with a decadent dining experience, you can visit the country’s exquisite restaurants, take part in vineyard tours or even visit local food festivals and try traditional Māori fare.

With untouched landscapes and views, New Zealand offers travellers a chance to see natural beauty at its best. Whether holidaymakers are keen to lounge on the beach, explore the bustling cities or take in the natural wonders, everyone is sure to enjoy their time on the islands.

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