This is the best way to get over to the other side of the harbour, with stunning views of the harbour on the way. You can enjoy a glass of wine or a beer out on the observation deck, or take in inside.
The ferry stops at Somes Matiu Island in the middle of the harbour, on selected crossings (check the timetable on the website).
Days Bay is the ultimate destination of the ferry, a nice little beach with a few lovely little cafes and access to beautiful bush walks in East Harbour Regional Park. A good place to bring kids to run around on the beach or kick a ball around in the park. Bring your swimming togs on a sunny day!
One word of caution, check the timetables and watch the time, otherwise you might have to take the bus home if you miss the last ferry (the bus stop is right next to the dock, so it's easy enough to get back to the city this way, it just takes 3 times as long).
The ferry is a commuter service so has more frequent crossings at the beginning and end of the work day. You board the ferry at Queens Wharf in Wellington (outside Waggamama). find a seat, then once the ferry is moving a conductor will come around and sell you a ticket. You can pay by debit or credit card, or cash. It is cheaper to buy a return ticket than 2 one way fares. You can take bicycles with you and maybe bike out to the Pencarrow lighthouse, or rent them in Days Bay. You can also rent kayaks etc in from the shed by the wharf in Days Bay.
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