Metlink Harbour Ferries, also known as the Wellington Harbour Ferries are run by East by West Ltd and provide services between Days Bay, Seatoun and Queens Wharf.

What’s coming up?

Wellington will welcome the Southern Hemisphere’s first electric ferry (external link)  early in 2021.

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The upper deck of the new ferry being built. Photo: RNZ/Michael Cropp

History

East by West Ltd has run the ferry service for Wellington City since it was established in March 1989 between Days Bay and Queens Wharf. Previously called the WestpacTrust ferry before being replaced by the “City Cat” catamaran in 1990. In 1995 Matiu Somes Island was opened to the public as a DoC reserve and was then added to the ferries route. The Wellington Harbour Ferry became part of the Metlink family on 1 May 2003.

A new service in 2004 was proposed from Queens Wharf to Petone by East by West and the Passenger Transport Committee agreed to a trial. The new “Cobar Cat”  ferry was purchased and the trial began in December 2005. Unfortunately, the Petone service was cancelled in June 2006 and the Cobar Cat was used to provide further trips during peak between Days bay and Queens Wharf where it later expanded to Petone and Seatoun on commercial runs. There are no longer services to Petone due to earthquake damage impacting the pier.