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Opua (Russell) Car Ferry – Connections between Paihia and Russell


Vehicles have the option of travelling from Waitangi and Pahia on a vehicle ferry. The ferry terminal is at the tiny port settlement of Opua.

A ferry ride from Russell to Opua is a must-do for visitors. Visitors will be entranced by the harbour views of the marina with its bobbing yachts, the busy waterways of the Bay of Islands and the sweep of the ferry around the bays as it reaches Russell. 


Opua Ferry terminal / Russell Ferry Terminal in peak season has a considerable queue of cars. As the ferry does not take forward bookings an early start is recommended in the busy summer months. People watch, enjoy the ambiance of a bustling transport link between the holiday vibe of Russell and the road towards Waitangi. For holiday makers waiting patiently for their turn on the car ferry is a well placed fish n chip shop.

Waimarie, `The Happy Ferry`, a passenger ferry between the tourist towns of Russell and Paihia in the Bay of Islands, alongside the Paihia wharf. Paihia, New Zealand
Passenger ferry between the tourist towns of Russell and Paihia in the Bay of Islands


The pedestrian ferry between Russell and Paihia departs directly opposite the Duke of Marlborough hotel.

Ferry to Russell, New Zealand
Ferry to Russell

Northland Ferries operates passenger and vehicle ferries in the Bay of Islands, providing regular and reliable connections for the local community and visitors to the region. It’s a fun and easy way to get out on the water and get around the Bay of Islands.


Visit Northland Ferries Facebook page for updates. You can buy ferry tickets online, from our booking office or on board the ferry using EFTPOS, VISA, MasterCard or American Express. 


Pre-booked tickets are valid for 7 days from the date of travel selected. Tickets are non-refundable unless for operational reasons.

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