Sunday, April 4, 2010

Auckland Harbour Ferries

Auckland Harbour Ferry services are an important link for public transport of residents from the Hauraki Gulf Islands to Auckland City. Ferry services link to wharf and terminal upgrades at Matiatia on Waiheke Island, but also other wharfs, e.g. Orapiu and Kennedy's Point wharves. Also Great Barrier Island wharfs at Tryphena and the Whangaparapara are others. But Auckland ferries are also great for harbour cruises, destination trips, accommodation and tour packages within the inner harbour and it's Islands (e.g. Devonport, Half Moon Bay, Rangitoto Island, Motuhie island, Waiheke, etc) or further trips and events including group charter package tours.

Auckland waterfront ferry to cruise Auckland HarbourPerhaps cruise further to Waiheke island, Great Barrier Island, and the Coromandel Peninsula, which include packages such as vineyard tours, volcanic expeditions, nature walks and explorer tours, harbour cruise with picnics and barbecues, flora and fauna excursions (e.g. Little Barrier Island), and general sight seeing. For larger groups, many charter operators can arrange a customized tour or harbour cruise package to accommodate your needs. There are great ferry service companies and harbour cruise companies that can cater for a range of services, of which some are listed below. Image of Auckland Waterfront by Andrew Curie

Auckland Harbour Ferry Services

Fullers (
Well known Auckland Ferry service that has a multitude of harbour cruise and expedition features to satisfy your harbour travel needs. The website has plenty to offer through an attractive and easily navigable layout, which includes hot deals, sailing destinations - inner and outer harbour, ticket bookings, discount group tours (e.g. volcanic and vineyards bus tours) and more. Of interest is their updated news section, and what's on section displaying location of interest, festivals, local island act and shows, and special discovery cruises.

Video of Fullers Ferries Tour Options - Includes Waiheke Wine Tour

Sealink travel group (
If you want to transport your vehicle to Auckland's Gulf Islands then Sealink ferry services can do so, frequently to Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands. Bulk freight (e.g. machinery, buildings) can also be sea freighted. This is in additional to it's comprehensive passenger and tourism operations. Hence you can book a holiday package - accommodation, car rental, or perhaps transport your own car. You can download holiday destination brochure information and receive informative and travel tips brochures when checking in. Perhaps view price information for Waiheke Island on their website or contact them including accommodation packages for Great Barrier Island a great destination for outdoor activities - track walking, fishing, surfing, diving, kayaking and more. For larger groups, e.g. weddings you can arrange a discount charter for cruising Auckland Harbour around the Hauraki Gulf. Comprehensive, colourful website to easily assimilate information regarding freighting, tour packages, and passenger and group information, which includes gift vouchers, saver deals, and press releases.

Car ferry cruising in Auckland Harbour360 discover Cruises (
Enjoy an Auckland Harbour Cruise including Motuhie island, Tiritri Matangi Island, Rangitoto island, Devonport, Orakei wharf. Also includes school discount cruise to Motuhie island, with optional guides tour - great for student learning and exploration activities. Also visit Coromandel after cruising across the Hauraki Gulf, then coach trip to the town and visit local cafe's, craft stores, from a guided tour. This can include visits to other venues.
For larger groups you can arrange charters for party, e.g. christmas or corporate functions, from customized packages, which can include menu and bar facilities. Timetables, fares, destinations, including and all day pass can be viewed at their website. Image of Rangitoto Island and Brown's Island with Car Ferry from Phillip C.


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