East By West Ferries

East By West Ferries, Wellington: Hours, Address, East By West Ferries Reviews: 4.5/5

East By West Ferries
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Jared-Kiwi
Wellington, New Zealand262 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Family
Family trip of 13 people across to Days Bay return via Matiu Somes Island great entertainment for the young children at a fair price. Great for the family to see the harbour via a very slick operation at each stop.

The ferry is clean and tidy with the staff being very attentive from the shore crew to the Captain and crew
Written 7 October 2021
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Phedder
Invercargill, New Zealand774 contributions
Oct. 2020
Brilliant trip to Soames Island for the day. $50 for two adults for the day return trip represents great value for money. An easy walk around the loop track on the island. Easily managed by anyone.
Written 7 October 2020
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Grant N
Hastings, New Zealand1,241 contributions
Sep. 2020
Left from Days Bay to go to Matiu/Somes Island. Weather was blowing a gale and the crew did a great job coming to the wharf at Days Bay and the island. Stayed below on way to Matiu as it was into the waves and wind - stayed on top coming back with the forward speed negating the wind factor and we were able to enjoy the view all the way back to the Days Bay Wharf. Spent a very windy time on Matiu and getting to the ferry from the island was an interesting short walk with the wind trying its best to blow us across the harbour. All good fun though and again the crew did a marvellous job. Worth taking a trip just for the enjoyment - though maybe on a less windy day!
Written 29 September 2020
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Susan N
New Zealand29 contributions
Sep. 2020
I've been in Wellington a number of times over the years (mostly for work), but have never been out on the Harbour - apart from twice on the Cook Straight Ferry. My friend suggested catching a ferry, which is not something I had thought of doing. The weather was exceptional so it was very busy. The staff member in the ticket office was very friendly and the ferry trip was fun. We went across to Day's Bay for a nice lunch and a look around.
Written 22 September 2020
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Izzymd
Maryland10 contributions
Mar. 2020
My wife and I used the East by West Ferries today, what a great find. We had four different rides, every one picked up and delivered on time.

We really didn't know what we were doing. We're not that familiar with the area. We wanted to go from Strathmore Park (a Wellington suburb) to Days Bay. We needed to get to Wellington's CBD and from there across the harbor to Days Bay.

First we thought we'd have to take a bus to the CBD, then back again at the end. It turns out we were able to catch the ferry near where we're staying, about a 10 minute walk. It took us to Queens Warf, from there off to Days Bay on the same ferry. Too cool.

Coming back we were able to catch the 12:45 ferry from Days Bay to Queens Warf. We got two hours in Wellington, did a quick Parliament (The Beehive, which was also really good) tour, and then caught the 3:30 ferry back to Seatoun.

The only reason we knew what we could do and how to do was because we got help from a very nice lady in the ferry office named Caitlyn. She responded to an email very quickly and clearly. We also called the office and she answered the phone and helped us some more. Great job Caitlyn

During our ferry rides we got additional help from the boat's deck hand, Katie. Katie was on three of our rides and made sure we knew what we were doing and assured us that we'd be fine.

These two ladies really helped make this a stress free and enjoyable day. That and the quality of the ferry service were much appreciated.
Written 13 March 2020
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Paul B
Chesterfield, UK1,248 contributions
Feb. 2020
Very efficient service and spot on time for both legs of the journey. Seating inside and outside is very good. Reasonable price. Regular service
Written 26 February 2020
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AnnaNZPorirua
Porirua, New Zealand118 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Family
We were gifted a family pass for Christmas 2018 which expired in June. With life (which got in the way in 2019 for us) we had no chance to use it before June so I emailed their office explaining our situation and they extended it. This happened again later in the year and they were more than happy to extend it again. Today we used the voucher... no problems at all and all staff, at the ticket counter, at the wharf, on the boat were just fantastic. A must do trip!!
Written 25 January 2020
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Lynn J
3 contributions
Oct. 2019
Lovely round the harbour trip on mid sized, comfortable boat. Smooth sailing on the day we went, great views from up on top.
Written 3 October 2019
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Kathleen S
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand258 contributions
Sep. 2019
we went to Days bay for an afternoon. The boat ride was a highlight, even though the weather was cold. Next time we will stop at somes, Great way to see the city
Written 25 September 2019
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greatkiwip0et
Wellington, New Zealand41 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Couples
Full disclosure - we took this trip because we could do it for free with our newly-received Supergold Cards. Here's the thing, though: we would not normally wake up on a fine Wellington Sunday morning in June and choose to go out to Days Bay. But we did because we could. The harbour was the proverbial millpond, and it was one of those good days in Wellington that you can't beat.

We had a drink on the way over - a very palatable Pinot Gris for me, and a beer for him - at normal pub prices, which surprised me. No captive customer mark-up, like you get at airports and bus terminals. There was an almost-stop at Seatoun, which meant the charming young man leaning over the side towards the wharf and asking if the fishers there were waiting for the ferry, and the vessel continuing on when the answer was no. So the entertainment was free as well.

We spent a cool hour and a half in Days Bay having a late lunch and an ice-cream and enjoying the ducks and a short walk before returning to the jetty for the return trip.

We sat on the open deck up top on the way back, being well-wrapped up against the winter chill, and relished the journey into the sunset, via another almost-stop at Matiu Soames Island.

The staff were impeccably professional and warmly friendly at the same time. No doubt weekday commuters see it differently, but I heartily recommend this as a short weekend cruise at an excellent price (even if you don't have a Supergold Card). Home tourism is never wasted.
Written 23 June 2019
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