Feeling like taking your vehicle on a boat. Here are the options in New Zealand.

1. The Hokianga Car Ferry – links Rawene and Kohukohu, handy if you are driving from Kataia down to Opononi and the Kauri Forests. A one way fare will cost around $20 for your car. It operates year round. Check out the timetable to be sure of current sailing times and fares. To read more about this region and what there is to see and do head to Northland’s Tourism Website.

2. The Opua Ferry – links the Opua marina with Okiato. Okiato is approx. 10 minutes drive from Russell while Opua is near to Paihia. Check out sailing times and fare prices here.  Learn more about the beautiful Bay of Islands.

3. Great Barrier Island – links Auckland with Great Barrier Island. This is operated by Sealink. Great Barrier Island is in the Hauraki Gulf and has a small population of around 900 people.

4. Waiheke Island – links Auckland with Waiheke Island. This is operated by Sealink. Waiheke is an extremely popular holiday destination by both Aucklanders, other domestic and international travellers. Learn more about Waiheke Island here.

5.  The Cook Straight Ferry. Essential for getting from the North to the South Island. This connects Wellington with Picton. There are two companies that operate between the two.  The Interislander and Bluebridge. Both companies operate services throughout the day and booking in advance should save you some money.