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“Loved it so much we did it again”

East By West Ferries
Ranked #43 of 233 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: You haven’t experienced Wellington until you’ve been on Wellington’s unique Harbour Ferry Service.Up to 16 return harbour crossings daily between Queens Wharf and Days Bay and calling into Matiu Somes Island.East by West Ferries also caters to private and corporate functions with Dinner Cruising, Casino Cruising, Cocktail cruising, Lunch Cruising and Hire by Hour options. So, if you're looking for something different for your next event, check out East by West Ferries.
Bay of Plenty
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57 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Loved it so much we did it again”
Reviewed 18 December 2013

We went on our first ferry crossing, calling in at Seatoun wharf, then on to Days Bay recently. We could have caught the bus up the coast a bit to Eastbourne, but stayed and had lunch and a look around Days Bay. The crossing was so much fun, most people sat in the top open air part of the ferry. On the trip back we stopped at Matiu/Somes Island for pick ups then back to Queens Wharf Wellington. Two days later we went on the ferry again just for the fun of it. We stayed on the ferry at Days Bay and came back to Wellington on the return trip, both stopping this time at Matiu/Somes Island. As seniors we just had to show our Super Gold Card at the ticket office and were issued the tickets for free, otherwise it is $11 each a crossing, but well worth it.

Visited December 2013
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Aberdeen, Scotland
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339 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Lacks organisation”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

The day I wanted to do the harbour ferry the weather was a bit rough in the harbour so the ferries were cancelled but no notices were up on the boards advertising the trips to say that nor in the shop where you bought the tickets from – simply a ‘closed’ sign on the door!

However, I struck it lucky in that there was a worker who needed to get to Matiu/Somes Island and I managed to go on the (rough) journey that took her across. Unfortunately the sea was a bit too rough to get the pictures that I really wanted to take but it was certainly an experience none the less!

Visited July 2013
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North Island
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60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Waited far too long to do this trip”
Reviewed 8 January 2013

Well after 30 years we finally jumped on the ferry for an afternoon return harbour trip. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute and will do it again soon but get off at the island and Days Bay making a whole day of it. Its one of Wellingtons lost attractions not helped by the advice notice to obtain tickets at the shop which was closed as we found out later you pay on board so WHY NOT SAY SO IN THE WINDOW?

Visited January 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Another way to travel”
Reviewed 9 November 2012

A much more interesting way to go to work that battling the traffic on the motorway. Travelling by sea can be beautiful.

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A great way to travel”
Reviewed 22 June 2012

Wonderful way to experience the Wellington waterfront scene with out having to drive into town. Leave the car at Day's Bay,catch the ferry and have lunch in town or visit Somes Island..All for free on the Gold Card if travelling within the restricted hours

Visited May 2012
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