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Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries

50 Waterloo Quay | Wellington Terminal, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-471 6188
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Easy trip back to Wellington.

First time using BlueBridge and was pleasantly surprised. Super easy to book (had morning times... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dominique M
Hassle-Free Sailing

Traveled a few times with Bluebridge now and never any hassle at all. Will probably always choose... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Daniel G
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Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry sails several times a day between New Zealand’s North and South Islands. The Bluebridge experience offers warm, friendly ‘Kiwi’ hospitality amidst stunning New Zealand scenery.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good41%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible8%
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“south island” (44 reviews)
“wake up call” (9 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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50 Waterloo Quay | Wellington Terminal, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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+64 4-471 6188
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Reviewed 5 days ago

First time using BlueBridge and was pleasantly surprised. Super easy to book (had morning times which worked for us). Good seats inside, and plenty of room outside. Easy trip back to Wellington.

Thank Dominique M
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BluebridgeNZ, Digital Marketing Executive at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Dominique, Thanks for your review and for choosing to sail Cook Strait with Bluebridge! Glad you enjoyed the trip and we look forward to welcoming you on board again next time!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Traveled a few times with Bluebridge now and never any hassle at all. Will probably always choose Bluebridge first from now on and would highly recommend drivers book a cabin - comfortable and great place to get some kip! Don't expect any internet from the...More

Thank Daniel G
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BluebridgeNZ, Digital Marketing Executive at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Daniel, Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback! We're glad you have enjoyed your trips on Bluebridge and also been able to make good use of the cabins. As for the Wifi we are currently working on upgrading our systems so hopefully you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

From the time we booked to the time we got on the Ferry at Picton and off at Wellington, and Wellington to Picton, we couldn't have wished for better people to travel with, We couldn't fault the staff so helpful and friendly. The food was...More

Thank Deborah K
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BluebridgeNZ, Digital Marketing Executive at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Deborah, Thanks so much for the awesome feedback! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the trip with us! Look forward to welcoming you on board again next time!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s across the road from the Railway Station. It’s also a stone’s throw away from Hotel Waterloo and Backpackers. The ferry was more than two hours late due to bad weather, but the journey was smooth. Check in was quick. There are cabins if you...More

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BluebridgeNZ, Digital Marketing Executive at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi khuzaimi2015, Thanks for the honest feedback. Glad you had a smooth sailing across and found our terminal location and facilities were convenient. We are currently working on improving the WiFi on-board and expect to see big improvements in the speed over the next few...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was a pleasant trip, but signage at the Wellington terminal could be improved as it can be tricky to find the right places.

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BluebridgeNZ, Digital Marketing Executive at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi MarxWasRight, Thanks for the feedback! We are currently reviewing our terminal signage so your comments are very timely. We're glad you enjoyed your trip!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The outward journey was comfortable enough but the return was a different boat with uncomfortable seating so we had to pay for a cabin as we had a 6 month old and a 7 year old. The problem was that people have become very selfish...More

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BluebridgeNZ, Digital Marketing Executive at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi 55skippy95. Thanks for your message, we really appreciate your honest feedback. we're sorry to hear other passengers restricted your seating options on your recent sailing. This is something we try to monitor to ensure everyone has access to comfortable seating during their sailing. We’re...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

marginally less expensive than the InterIslander....maybe... so check it out. IF the sailing times suit. or IF it hasn't gone 'mechanical' and sailing cancelled. expensive on a per km basis...but watcha gonna do when u want your OWN car on the other island?More

Thank r s
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BluebridgeNZ, Digital Marketing Executive at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi r s, Thanks for your honest feedback. We do our best to keep our prices competitive and provide our passengers with as much value as possible. We’re working hard to put in place some new processes and initiatives so we hope you enjoy the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a lovely Return trip very friendly staff amazing scenery it was value for money on the return trip as we neared the Picton warf we saw a pod of dolphins the played in the wake of the ship

Thank Leanne W
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BluebridgeNZ, Digital Marketing Executive at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Leanne, Thanks so much for the lovely feedback! It's always great when the dolphins come out to play!

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Beautiful fjords during the sunset. I was lucky to watch dolphins and a few other whales. Tickets are a bit expensive, but once in a lifetime - why not?

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

We had needed to delay our crossing as 2 of the Ladies were elderly or incapacitated so it was a much anticipated trip. Staff could not have done more, enabling us all to enjoy the journey by driving us onto the boat as one could...More

Thank Martine L
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BluebridgeNZ, Digital Marketing Executive at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Hi Martine, so glad to hear you really enjoyed the trip across Cook Strait on Bluebridge! Thanks for your lovely feedback. We will pass your kind words onto our team. - Sara

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NHK00
11 May 2018|
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Response from BluebridgeNZ | Property representative |
Hi, If you are using Thrifty we would suggest dropping off to their base. (197 Wakefield St, Wellington). From there you can walk around the waterfront to our terminal or if preferred catch a bus to Wellington Railway... More
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racheinau
27 March 2018|
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Hi racheinua, We don''t have any promotions planned for June at this stage. However if you would prefer to wait to make your booking feel free to sign up to our email updates (via the contact us tab on our website), so you... More
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585junweil
20 March 2018|
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Hi 585junweil, We have several people that do this trip often with us so this so will be no problem assuming that sailing leaves on time. (As mentioned adverse weather can sometimes slow things down). We are also able to... More
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