Wellington Harbour Explorer | East by West Ferries

Wellington Harbour Explorer

New product launched 2023 - Wellington Harbour Explorer: an emissions free tour of our natural and Maritime history.

Running most Mondays and Thursdays through winter, click the book now button below to check availability.

Join us on the Southern Hemisphere's first and only fully-electric passenger ferry; Ika Rere - for a zero emissions tour of Wellington Harbour*.

* On occasion, Ika Rere may be unavailable due to unscheduled maintenance so we would need to cancel or provide an alternative experience option (depending on what the customer prefers).

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Ika Rere

Ika Rere was introduced into service in 2022 and remains the only electric ferry in the Southern Hemisphere.

One of the benefits of the electric ferry is that we do not need to compete with engine noise, meaning we're able to travel at a leisurely pace and you can hear our commentary easily throughout the whole journey.

The layout of the vessel also means passengers can easily manoeuvre around, enjoying the open top deck and enclosed bottom cabin (commentary can be heard both upstairs and downstairs).

Tour details

Learn about the history of Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington as the capital city, our local maritime history and natural environment as we take you on a 90 minute cruise around the harbour.
Our tour takes in different parts of the harbour depending on conditions on the day. We're the busiest operator on Wellington Harbour at over 9,000 crossings per year, so our team knows where to go to take in all the best sights, regardless of conditions.

Group bookings

Enjoy exclusive use of the vessel for your group (up to 55 pax).

Dates and times are flexible so get in touch with us today about doing a private commentated tour.

Cost is $1,999 (no minimum, 55 maximum). Or contact us for wholesale/trade rates.

Catering can also be provided (additional costs apply). 


Looking for information about a school group booking? Click here for information.