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Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

50 Waterloo Quay | Wellington Terminal, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-471 6188
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Easy way to go from Island to Island

Have made use of the ferry on a number of occasions and have always been impressed by the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Dale S
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Excellent way to get to the South Island.

We took the bluebridge ferries in May 2017. As we had limited time in New Zealand and wanted to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Montrealeronthemove
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Montreal
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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.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good42%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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“blue bridge” (16 reviews)
“wake up call” (9 reviews)
“south island” (33 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 yesterday

Have made use of the ferry on a number of occasions and have always been impressed by the punctuality of the liner. Staff are friendly and helpful, a good way to cross the Cooks Straight. Just a tip if you make use of the late...More

Thank Dale S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the bluebridge ferries in May 2017. As we had limited time in New Zealand and wanted to make the best of same day trip, we decided to opt for bluebridge as they are the closer to the train/bus station in CBD Wellington. We...More

Thank Montrealeronthemove
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed your return sailing with us. We are very lucky with our location being so close to the city and opposite to the train and bus station which makes it super easy for passengers...More

Reviewed 22 June 2017

We travel south with our large caravan and vehicle. The ferry could be a dreaded part of the trip as it is not easy to load and unload the van. However, the Bluebridge staff are so friendly, helpful and professional that they make it a...More

Thank Julie M
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Julie, Thank you for your review. We strive to make sure our passengers feel at ease when travelling with us so it is great to hear you found the whole experience seamless. We look forward to welcoming you back on board in the near...More

Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Hi, The journey as you expect it is what it is. It's a large boat which has good facilities for a three hour journey. My tips for an improved trip are below: 1. Make sure you book. Day prior to my travel the seas had...More

1  Thank Jonathan E
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Jonathan, Thank you for your review. The Marlborough Sounds are always exceptionally beautiful to sail through and sunset is no exception. It’s great to hear that you saw a pod of dolphins, we are very lucky that dolphin sightings are fairly common in the...More

Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We always take our campervan on this ferry service,the Nzmca discount is fabulous. Cosy cabins, good good, friendly and efficient staff always.

Thank melanie s
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Melanie, Thank you for your feedback. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service so it’s lovely to hear that you enjoyed this. We look forward to welcoming you back onboard in the near future. Kind Regards Emma Garrity

Reviewed 7 June 2017

Went to Picton on the Friday and back to Wellington on the Monday. I thought it would be common sense not to play the same movie playing on the both Wellington-Picton and Picton-Wellington. So this left me with nothing to do but to sleep on...More

Thank djhailz
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great feedback. We will be following up with our crew onboard regarding the movies as we have a policy to rotate the movies ensuring that you don’t get the same one twice. Despite the weather and movies, it is great to...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017

Recently sailed with Bluebridge from Picton to Wellington. We booked online but got a message the next day to warn us about the high swells and a possible cancellation. We moved to the crossing the next day which we were told was safe. Getting in...More

Thank NatashaRachael
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hi NatashaRachael, thank you for your review. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed your crossing with us. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and communication, so it is great to hear that our team kept you well informed every step of the way....More

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

There are 2 ways to cross North/South islands - & usually we take the Interislander (cheaper). But this time we took Bluebridge because it was cheaper & fancied a change. So glad we did! Ships are modern & cleaner, wifi more reliable, food better, charging...More

2  Thank Wowzap
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hi Wowzap, thank you for your feedback. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed your sailing with us. We look forward to welcoming you back on-board in the near future. Kind Regards Emma Garrity

Reviewed 17 May 2017

We traveled on the ferry in November 2016, shortly after it reopened after the earthquake. Everything went smoothly. We journeyed from Picton to Wellington. The food served during the journey was very good.

Thank Laurie L
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hi Laurie, thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and hope that you will sail with us again in the near future. Kind Regards Emma Garrity

Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

I travelled with my partner who has weak knees.The Company provided alternative means of boarding and leaving the vessel A special thanks to the office and ship personnel.More

Thank Odessa4me
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Thank you for your feedback. We continuously provide training for our team to ensure our customers are satisfied every step of the way and are always more than happy to assist passengers on and off of our ships. We are glad to hear you had...More

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Manjula T
26 March 2017|
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Response from BluebridgeNZ | Property representative |
Hi Manjula, thank you for your message. Unfortunatly we are not able to hold onto luggage overnight, however there is a backpackers directly across the road from the terminal called Waterloo Hotel and Backpackers which does... More
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patricious
10 October 2016|
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Our bus will pick you up from the ship when it arrives and then take you back to the passenger terminal to collect your luggage, from there you hop back on our bus and this will take you to the I-site where the Intercity bus... More
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Beth L
22 February 2016|
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Response from BluebridgeNZ | Property representative |
Hi Beth, Our checked-in luggage allowance permits up to a maximum of two bags (up to 30kg per bag) per passenger. Over this there is a $10 charge for each additional item but please visit our website for more information... More
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