Timetables and Fares | East by West Ferries

Timetables and Fares

From Sunday 23rd January, 11.59pm, Wellington will be in the Red level of the new Covid-19 Protection Framework. We will be running to our full timetable.

Click here for more information before travelling with us.


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
              S S S              
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. 

  AM   PM          
Departs QUEENS WHARF 10.00 11.00 12.00 1.00 2.10 2.45 3.45 5.05
Arrives Matiu/Somes Island
10.25 11.25 12.25 1.25 2.40 - 4.10 -
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 HE S HE S HE S  

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
Adult $12.00 $24.00 $91.00 $273.00
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
Adult - $25.00 - -
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
Adult   $36.00    
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.

You can also purchase ferry vouchers as gifts here.

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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