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The Ferry (a.k.a Haulashore Ferry)

272 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 21 634 608
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Special Dawn Trip for PSNZ Photography Group

Our trip to Boulder Bank was a field trip as part of the PSNZ Southern Convention held in Richmond... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Great way to end visit

Was thrilled to find out about this harbour cruise on my last day visiting Nelson. Very... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Lynette A
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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The Ferry provides an , " On Demand" Ferry Service. Call me and tell me when and where you want to go and what time you want to return. Ferry Service to the Historic Lighthouse, Visit inside, Service to Haulashore Island for a picnic, hike or swim. Walk the Unique Boulderbank, Harbour cruise and visit to Lighthouse.
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  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“light house” (2 reviews)
“field trip” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
272 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Our trip to Boulder Bank was a field trip as part of the PSNZ Southern Convention held in Richmond. Two trips starting at 6am to get our group out to Boulder Bank for dawn & early morning photography. Good safety briefing by a very friendly...More

Thank Lathkill
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Was thrilled to find out about this harbour cruise on my last day visiting Nelson. Very informative, loved the rustic bach and especially the lighthouse visit, what a treat. Skipper friendly and informative.

Thank Lynette A
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Just visited Nelson, NZ and had a wonderful experience seeing the various sights and meeting the people there. We took a ferry (called 'The Ferry') for a ride around the harbour. The owner, Bruce Robertson, a thorough gentleman and very knowledgeable, gave us an overview...More

Thank Semicurious
Reviewed 15 February 2017

It is such a treat, even for a Nelsonian to visit the unique Boulder Bank and Lighthouse with Bruce. He has a wealth of information, is very safe and capable. It is a delight to view Nelson from the perspective of the island, Boulder Bank...More

Thank marylyn66
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Boat is fine, skipper is too but the short distance for price is terrible. Would be much better if half the price.More

Thank Kelly S
theferry, Owner at The Ferry (a.k.a Haulashore Ferry), responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

Thanks for your review, $22.00 to Haulashore Is or $27.00 for a trip to the lighthouse. I cannot agree with you about pricing being to expensive. The Ferry is a $100,000 vessel, yearly maintenance, Maritime Survey cost, Moorage, ETC. Accountants suggest fares should be double....More

Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

We had a very nice time with Captain Bruce, who was more than helpful to get us out to the lighthouse on very short notice. It is a great service and a wonderful experience.

Thank kicsiplussz
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We came with a very specific objective, a treasure hunt ! We wanted to come first to the deserted island and find some "treasure" then we got back on the ferry and went to take a look around the old lighthouse and learn a little...More

Thank Sue P
Reviewed 6 January 2017

You can see the Boulder banks lighthouse from here. Nice place to take photos and fish (if you are interested). This is a much better alternative than walking 8km on boulder beach to see the lighthouse. There are many restaurants that offer a range of...More

Thank AloysiusMD
theferry, Owner at The Ferry (a.k.a Haulashore Ferry), responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2017

We appreciate your comments and very happy that you enjoyed the ferry Service

Reviewed 24 December 2016

We did cruise inside of Nelson Harbour. Beautiful Sunday with blue sky, nice and calm cruise with the skipper owner on the boat, The cruise started from the wharf and going pass two big cargo ships, timber and containers ships anchored. Then we entered and...More

Thank santo t
theferry, Owner Operator at The Ferry (a.k.a Haulashore Ferry), responded to this reviewResponded 25 December 2016

Thanks for your feed back, always appreciate ones feed back.

Reviewed 19 October 2016

Maybe I was after something different, but the entire experience was 'meh'. The lighthouse was unspectacular, the ferry ride was similarly uninspiring and the rocky ground just made walking hard work. Once there, there are no facilities (toilets) and no shelter, but equally really nothing...More

Thank JLE2013
theferry, Owner at The Ferry (a.k.a Haulashore Ferry), responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2016

I am Sorry you did not enjoy your trip to the Lighthouse and Boulder bank What date did you make this trip? The Boulder Bank is totally unique and the Lighthouse is the 2nd oldest in NZ, hope your next tourist excursion is More exciting....More

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