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Russell Ferry

Welcome to the Bay of Islands. Looking for information on the Russell Ferry?

There are two ferries operating in the Russell area:

  • Car Ferry from Opua to Russell.
  • Passenger Ferry from Paihia to Russell.

Car Ferry

If travelling by car to Russell you’ll need to take the Car Ferry. The Car Ferry is located at Port Opua, just off the main highway. Turn left down the hill if driving from Paihia, or turn right down the hill if travelling up from Whangarei.

Car Ferry Times

The Russell Car Ferry runs every 20 minutes or so, from 6.40am – 9.50pm, 7 days a week. The journey only takes 10 minutes across the harbour. This is ample time to get out and stretch your legs!

You can embark and drive any vehicle right on to the ferry. $11 covers car and driver. Russell Car Ferry Passengers are $1.00 per additional passenger. The Car Ferry is often referred to as the Opua Car Ferry, The Fullers Car Ferry and the Russell Car Ferry. You can read more a review on the Russell Car Ferry here.

Car Ferry arriving at Opua, from Okiato. Run by Intercity Travel.

Passenger Ferry

There are several Passenger Ferries operating from Paihia to Russell. The Bay Belle, The Waimarie and The Happy Ferry. You can jump on any of the ferries and they take the same route between Paihia and Russell. They all have similar prices and take around 20 minutes.

Passenger Ferry Times

If travelling on foot for a day in Romantic Russell then jump on the passenger ferry at Paihia wharf. Ferries leave both Paihia and Russell every 30 minutes or so, from 7am – 9pm, 7 days. In Summer (October to May) ferries run until 10pm.

Things to do in Russell and Paihia

Russell Ferry the Bay Belle docked at Paihia Wharf

Read more information about historic passenger ferry The Bay Belle.

While in Russell, Bay of Islands make sure you allow plenty of time for activities! Why not stay a while? We have a list of Russell Hotels