Opportunities for water travel are almost everywhere in New Zealand. You can ferry from the North Island to the South Island or simply catch a water taxi that will get you from A to B.

Our most famous ferry route is between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island. The journey is commonly referred to as 'crossing the Cook Strait'. As well as transporting you and your vehicle from the North Island to the South Island, this ferry journey showcases the extraordinary beauty of the Marlborough Sounds. Sightings of dolphins, whales and fur seals are common. To find out more about crossing the Cook Strait visit Bluebridge(opens in new window) or the Interislander(opens in new window) ferry services.   

If you find yourself in Auckland, Wanganui or Queenstown, a paddlesteamer cruise should definitely be on the agenda. In the Bay of Islands, the ‘hole in the rock’ cruise to the tip of Cape Brett is a star attraction.   Water taxis are a handy service for getting to the start of a hiking track or reaching a destination that isn’t accessible by ferry. Most water taxi operators can also put together a customised scenic tour of local sights.    

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