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Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

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Address: 50 Waterloo Quay | Wellington Terminal, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 4-471 6188
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry sails several times a day between New...

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.

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Have used Bluebridge twice recently and was unlucky to get a very rough crossing both times! The first time the staff could not have been more attentive - walking around, checking... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ed R
Picton, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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104 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So, yes, we got across the Strait and back again. Tick. One trip was delayed a bit but well communicated to us. Tick. The check-in, loading, disembarking and luggage collection was simply easy and well managed, again with good comms. Tick. Our advice- do take an upgrade to a cabin if you can. We slept on both legs (noting the... More 

Thank Totosfamily
Picton, New Zealand
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433 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have used Bluebridge twice recently and was unlucky to get a very rough crossing both times! The first time the staff could not have been more attentive - walking around, checking on people, making sure people had sick bags if needed, assisting them in any way they could. A couple of days ago the staff were absent. So 5 stars... More 

Thank Ed R
Blythburgh, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We took the early morning sailing from Wellington to Picton the day after the Easter break. Check in was easy, and loading seemed to go very smoothly. One thing I noticed was that there seemed to be a little more room between the columns of cars than there is on a UK cross channel ferry, so it was easier to... More 

1 Thank Blythspirit68
Wellington, New Zealand
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198 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Trip from Wellington to Picton. Well organised boarding which was on time. Comfortable seats with lots of options. Good outside viewing. Pretty good food. Big breakfast cafe quality.

Thank Murray P
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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218 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

we took the 2PM ferry from Picton to wellington. Checkin was smooth and the person at the counter took our rental car keys, which was so very convenient. The ship is very spacious and comfortable with a cafeteria, movie hall, relaxing lounge etc. Food was ok and the trip very enjoyable. its actually a huge ship which take in everything... More 

1 Thank sanjoy
Taupo, New Zealand
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had great experience with Bluebridge. The staff were very friendly and helpful and always had a smile when dealing with us. Food was good and the crossing was smooth. Facilities were excellent and clean!!

Thank shirley c
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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215 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bluebridge is heavily dependent on cargo and we experienced a total delay off the posted schedule of 6 hours. The food is OK but with rough seas of about 3-4 meters, the ferry rose and dove making at least 20% of the passengers sea sick. We took the other ferry back from Picton and were much more satisfied.

Thank Robert R
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rather a disappointing experience. The ferry was 50 minutes late due to disorganisation of to much freight and this then was an inconvenience to our pre booked connecting service from Nelson. The onboard wifi is a terrible connection, there is no water fountain for passengers and the seats are uncomfortable. Definitely a poor overpriced experience who we will not be... More 

Thank Tash_070
Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The boat itself has great amenities although you have to be quick to get the single seats running outside the cafeteria in the covered area. Smooth sailing which was one out the box, but the movies were good the food was excellent and I would travel on this line agan.

Thank joanhart
Wellington, New Zealand
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127 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I will start off with the good points I could find about our sailing from Picton to Wellington. *The cabins are lovely and comfortable. *The Open steak sandwhich from the cafe is up there with the best we have ever eaten, *The staff onboard the boat that we sailed on from Picton to Wellington were friendly enough ................ But that... More 

Thank Gemma R
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this review

Hi Gemma, thank you for your feedback. We take customer service and on time performance very seriously and continuously provide training for our team to ensure our customers are satisfied every step of the way. It is disappointing to hear that in your case you did not experience this high level of service. We do contact our passengers to advise... More 

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