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Explore Wellington Harbour with the East By West Ferry. There are up to 16 daily scheduled ferry trips to Days Bay, including regular stops at Matiu/Somes Island - a beautiful nature reserve and historic site in the centre of the harbour, offering 360 degree views of the Wellington region.
A round-harbour Explorer Tour is also available in the weekend and calls in to Petone, Matiu/Somes Island, Days Bay and Seatoun.
Ferries operate on weekdays from 6.30am to 7.30pm and on weekends from 10.00am to 5.30pm.
Cost: Adult - $10.50 (one way),$21.00 (return). Child (3–15 yrs) - $5.50 (one-way), $11.00 (return). Concession rates available for school groups.
Specifically tailored for school groups, the East By West Ferry now offers three tours:
An Adventurous and fun way to explore Wellington Harbour aboard the East By West Ferry. A live on board commentary especially tailored to the children’s age group reveals the harbours rich and exciting heritage.
Tour duration: 10.00 - 11.30am. Cost: $14pp.
Explore this fascinating island steeped in local history from early Maori settlement to its more recent status as a DOC reserve. The views from all over the easy walking tracks are unsurpassed. Native bird life abounds and you may even see a residential Tuatara!
Tours depart at 10.00am & 12.00pm. Cost: $12pp.
Option 1: groups of 25-80
An all-in-one booking includes a harbour adventure and learning experiences at Museum of Wellington City and Sea, Queens Wharf, Matiu/Somes Island and Petone Settlers Museum. Includes learning resources, ferry transfers and fish & chips lunches.
Tour duration: 8.45am – 3.00pm. Cost: $26pp.
Option 2: groups of less than 40
This shorter, two-stop Ship ‘n Chip Trip includes comprehensive experiences at Museum of Wellington City and Sea, Queens Wharf and Matiu/Somes Island. Includes learning resources, ferry transfers and fish & chips lunches.
Tour duration: 10.00am – 3.30pm. Cost: $21.50pp.
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