Does anyone who has journeyed from Oz to NZ know the address of a website dealing with a ferry between the two countries?
We're on our way to Australia overland and want to avoid planes as much as possible. Does anyone have any information about ferries from Australia
to New Zealand
? I am almost certain that at least one ferry between the two countries exists. I have tried searching the net but all I ever find is ferries from mainland Oz to Tasmania. I will be very grateful if someone has an address of a website dealing with such bookings. Reply to this
Hi - You will not find a ferry but you may get space on a a freighter, try The Cruise People Ltd. There are multiple discount airlines - Freedom Air, Jetstar, Virginblue. Reply to this
Have a look in the General Travel Forum. There was a discussion there a couple of months ago about getting to Australia from Europe without flying. A couple of people were successful and posted some details including about boats to NZ. Reply to this
Have a look at this blog for further info: http://www.travelblog.org/Australasia/Australia/New-South-Wales/Sydney/blog-111441.html.
They sailed from Singapore to Perth then Sydney to NZ. Reply to this
Thanks to you all for the information. I have very much enjoyed reading about your experiences. We are now booked on a plane from Bali to Darwin as a part of the Ozbus trip. Catching a cargo boat from Singapore to Darwin would mean the bus and its passengers having to waite for us and so it is not possible.
As for the journey betwen Oz and New Zealand we have been assured by a friend who lives in Taraunga that there's no ferry service between the two countries which I find surprising. Reply to this
The seas between the East coast of Australia and New Zealand are considered far too rough to run a ferrie service. Also the distance is quite substancial. This is nothing like a crossing from UK to France.
Many friends and relatives from overseas are often shocked at the size of Australia. Look at your maps closely and check the scale. Bus trips across Australia can be long and arduous with many miles of similar landscape.
It is however a truely beautiful land with many contrasts. Enjoy. Reply to this
It's at least a 3 hour flight depending on departure and arrival ports, just to give an indication of the distance. Reply to this
No ferries - but there are a few container ships that take passengers.
We took the Hansa Rensburg from Adelaide to Auckland. It takes 6 days and costs approx 100 Euros per person per night.
There are also fairly regular sailings from Melbourne and Sydney to Tauranga.
Contact Hamish Jamieson at freighter travel for more info:
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yea, i would have to say that you may find a freighter. definitley no ferries, its like 1200 miles. Reply to this
Hi, how can I contact hamish jamieson?do you have the exact website by any chance? Reply to this
There may not be ferries, but if you are trying to avoid flying by taking a ship, in addition to freighters there are cruise ships going one way or round trip. Go to Cruise.com or any other cruise website. At cruise.com in the upper left corner you search the pulldown menu for Australia/New Zealand and enter the month you wish to sail. Celebrity Cruises had a 12 day sailing from Aucklund to Sydney on Dec. 12 for $994 for an inside cabin. You can do your own searches from there. Reply to this