Travelling to Matiu/Somes Island:
As of 26th December 2021, DOC will be introducing capacity limits for those travelling to Matiu/Somes Island. This will be limited to 30 people per arrival to the island.
We will be operating on a first come, first served basis so you are unable to book in advance. We do recommend you arrive at the wharf early to purchase tickets.
For information about our electric ferry go to eastbywest.co.nz/electric-ferry
For information regarding status of sailings on the day please contact Metlink or call our Daily Status Update.
Click here to go to the Metlink website for timetable updates.
- Click here to find us on Google Maps
- Sailings may be cancelled at short notice due to weather
- Daily Timetable Enquiries phone Metlink 0800 801 700
- Daily Status Update 04 494 3339
- Download a copy of our timetable and fares list here.
- Purchase a gift voucher here.
If you are travelling from Queens Wharf we do recommend being at the ticket office 30 minutes before departure time, especially if it is nice weather.
Vaccine certificates are not required to catch our ferry on the below timetabled sailings as we are part of the public transport network.
|East By West Ferry||Monday to Friday|
|To Days Bay||AM||PM|
|Departs Queens Wharf||6.15||6.45||7.15||7.45||8.15||8.45||10.00||12.00||2.05||3.50||4.30||5.00||5.30||6.00||6.30||7|
|Arrives Matiu Somes Island Wharf||-||-||-||-||-||-||10.25||12.25||2.30||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Arr. Days Bay Wharf||6.40||7.10||7.40||8.10||8.40||9.10||10.40||12.40||2.45||4.15||4.55||5.25||5.55||6.25||6.55||7.25|
|East By West Ferry||Monday to Friday|
|To Queens Wharf||AM||PM|
|Departs Days Bay Wharf||6.45||7.15||7.45||8.15||8.45||9.15||10.45||12.45||3.15||4.15||4.55||5.25||5.55||6.25||6.55||7.25|
|Arrives Matiu Somes Island Wharf||-||-||-||-||-||-||11.00||1.00||3.30||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Arr. Queens Wharf||7.10||7.40||8.10||8.40||9.10||9.40||11.25||1.25||3.55||4.40||5.20||5.55||6.25||6.55||7.20||7.50|
Please note we are no longer stopping at Seatoun Wharf.
|Departs QUEENS WHARF||10.00||11.00||12.00||1.00||2.10||2.45||3.45||5.05|
Arrives Matiu/Somes Island
|Arrives / Departs DAYS BAY||10.40||11.40||12.45||1.40||3.00||3.10||4.25||5.30|
|Arrives Matiu/Somes Island||10.50||-||12.55||-||3.20||3.25*||4.40||-|
|Arrives QUEENS WHARF||11.15||12.05||1.20||2.05||3.45||3.50||5.05||5.55|
S - Sailing calls into Matiu/Somes Island on request only
HE - Harbour Explorer runs on fine days only. Please call 04 494 3339 or check the Metlink service updates for daily updates.
* - Matiu Island pick ups only, no drop offs
|Queens Wharf - Days Bay||1 way||Return||10 Trip||Monthly|
|Tertiary Student (With Valid ID)||-||-||$68.00||-|
|Concession / Child (5 - 15 years)*||$6.00||$12.00||$46.00||$138.00|
|Family (2 Adults & 4 Children)||-||$66.00||-||-|
|Matiu/Somes Island||1 way||Return||10 Trip||Monthly|
|Concession / Child (5 - 15 years)*||-||$13.00||-||-|
|Family (2 Adults & 4 Children)||-||$68.00||-||-|
|Queens Wharf - Days Bay return
including stopover at Matiu/Somes Island
|Concession / Child (5 - 15 years)*||$19.00|
Under 5 year olds are free.
*Child: 5 – 15 years old, secondary school students aged 16 – 19 in school uniform or with valid school ID.
Concession rate applies to those with total mobility cards (1 carer travels free with any person carrying total mobility card).
Student: Full time tertiary student with valid ID
Family: 2 adults and up to 4 children.
Please note the 10-trip tickets cannot be used for more than 2 people at a time.
Accessibility Concession: Concession tickets apply to those that present a Total Mobility Card.
One carer per passenger with Total Mobility Card travels free.
Supergold card holders travel free between 9am - 3pm and after 6.30pm Monday - Friday and all day weekends
and public holidays (Goldcard holders still need to collect a ticket from the office if it is open).
Can I make a booking?
We do not take bookings for travel, but instead operate on a first come, first served basis. However, if you are travelling with more than 10 people, please get in touch to advise us of your plans.
How do I purchase tickets?
If you are travelling from Queens Wharf you can purchase tickets from the office between 9am and 4.30pm Mon – Fri and between 9am and 2.30pm on weekends / public holidays, tickets can be purchased onboard all other times.
If you are travelling from Days Bay, all tickets can be purchased on board. We have Cash, EFTPOS and Credit Card facilities on board.
Where is the East by West office located?
The ticket office is located in between Portofino and Master Kong restaurants on the Wellington Waterfront and the boat departs right opposite the office. There is no office at Days Bay.
Can I take bikes and luggage on board?
Yes, you can take bikes and luggage on board and there is no extra charge for this. If you require assistance for heavier luggage (and e-bikes in particular), please bring this to our crews’ attention and ask for help. There may be a delay with assistance if we are busy as crew will need to disembark passengers first so we appreciate your patience. If you are planning on travelling in a group with 10 or more bikes, please let us know prior to your travel.
Can I take dogs on board?
Yes, you can take dogs on board and there is no extra charge for this. Dogs do need to be on a lead and must be kept on the top deck or the back of the bottom deck if it is raining. No animals are allowed on Matiu/Somes Island.
Can I take wheelchairs on board?
Although there is limited capability for wheelchair access, the crew will make every effort to enable wheelchair users to come on board. Motorised wheelchairs are too difficult as crew cannot lift them on board. Usually (depending on tidal conditions) top deck access is available as the wheelchair can be wheeled or carried up the gangway and this allows disembarkation from the top deck on outlying wharves. Contact us to discuss before travelling.
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