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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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Good service

Used when crossing both ways. Easy to book. Staff are superb when booking and on ferry as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mark c
via mobile
Second best ferry

Sometimes sharing the boat with smelly sheep trucks, this is the second best option for a boat... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
happysheepChina
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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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” (35 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
50 Waterloo Quay | Wellington Terminal, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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+64 4-471 6188
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Used when crossing both ways. Easy to book. Staff are superb when booking and on ferry as well. Very efficient operation.Runs like clock work.Vehicle loading staff know what they are doing.

Thank mark c
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sometimes sharing the boat with smelly sheep trucks, this is the second best option for a boat across the waters to South Island

1  Thank happysheepChina
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I booked an overnight cabin between Wellington and Picton and was expecting to board early (~11pm). Unfortunately, there was a delay with the incoming vessel and we didn't get to drive on until 1am. Would have been nice to get a little more sleep since...More

Thank kyu2010
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

We prebooked the overnight cabin from Wgtn to Picton and decided it was a very convenient option- on the boat by about midnight sleep till about 5.30 am. Daytime ride on the way back, we changed our date of travel no problem. Both journeys went...More

Thank amysmum578
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to pass on your feedback. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the sleeper service, and as you say it’s a great option if you want to arrive in Picton early and have the whole day for travelling...More

Reviewed 26 July 2017

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
BluebridgeNZ, Manager at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Hi Dale, Thank you for your feedback. It is great to hear you enjoyed your sailing and our customer service. We understand the importance of a warm environment when travelling so we have followed this up with our team to monitor the temperatures onboard. We...More

Reviewed 24 June 2017

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 10 July 2017

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 10 July 2017

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 10 July 2017

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 10 July 2017

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 10 July 2017

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

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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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Response from BluebridgeNZ | Property representative |
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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