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Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries

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No complaints with this operator

We used Blubridge ferries to cross the Cook Strait to Picton. Our car hire company (Apex) included... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sutherland Shire, Australia
via mobile
Basic quite old ferry service

Ok basic ferry. Quite old. Nowhere to charge electronic devices. Outside space has limited seating... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
50 Waterloo Quay | Wellington Terminal, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-471 6188
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We used Blubridge ferries to cross the Cook Strait to Picton. Our car hire company (Apex) included the crossing as part of our car hire so we didn’t really have a choice. The ferry had a great range of food though the queue took a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Didge432
Reviewed 5 days ago

Could not believe the state of this ship, does not appear to be cleaned between sailings at all. Crumbs over the tables, dead flies in the porthole window areas along with more food waste. Toilets smell like old public toilets, the smell of urine was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MaryEchch
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

6 out of 7 times I've taken Bluebridge my ferry was delayed for at least an hour, usually much longer. I would definitely recommend taking Interislander if you have the option.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank NateRig
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our journey was just awful : we had more than one hour and half late, the crew was not nice at all, there was vomite from the previous journey just next to us which was never cleaned, the all place stincked from it, the toilets...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank bearnings
Reviewed 1 week ago

After getting to the departure line before time it eventuated that there was noone directing 'traffic'. Thanks to a kind motorist we got into the one and only queue. (7pm sailing, 11 January).. Eventually we were told why we weren't loading on time (completely acceptable...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Henrycat146
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our trip to Nelson was cut short as our ferry was unable to sail. We had to sail at 2m on the same day (2am in the morning instead of 7pm). That might have been bearable but the ferry obviously wasn't cleaned in between sailings....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RoadtripIcecream
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok basic ferry. Quite old. Nowhere to charge electronic devices. Outside space has limited seating and bit grubby. Cafe menu/food and service was quite good. Left on time but despite glorious weather arrived a little late and took sometime to get off with the car....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jasmine38Chichester
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked bluebridge because it offered sleeping cabins whereas interislander does not. The room was quite spacious and had an attached bathroom, which was quite convenient. Unfortunately, the ferry was late. We departed about 1.5-2 hours after the planned departure time and since it was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rdreamer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn’t depart on time, about 20 minutes late. Very friendly staff but the smell inside and outside was awful. There was a lack of helpful signage to let the walk on group know where to go to get off the boat.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank beejayge
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We don’t travel much on the ferries, and this was the second time in a dozen years on Bluebridge. The first time we were late by many hours, with a young family, due to the service running on one engine and departing late. Today’s experience...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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7 December 2018|
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Response from 357glenysf | Reviewed this property |
It is about $200 and the driver is in clued in that price but I think the passenger has to pay about $40 as well. We came across in our Motorhome
17 October 2018|
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Response from BluebridgeNZ | Property representative |
Hi, best to prebook to make sure you have space reserved. All our tickets are date changeable so if you need to change your sailing date this won't be a problem. Enjoy!
Rosalie G
29 July 2018|
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Response from susanL7308PL | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don’t know but if you email them they are very responsive