Our Ships -modern, green & stable!     ( 25 May, 2015 )

Bluebridge’s passenger and freight ships – the Santa Regina and the Straitsman – sail Cook Strait between New Zealand’s North and South Islands up to four times daily. Both ships are equipped with state-of-the-art design and safety features, and offer exceptional passenger comfort.

Check out our latest Cook Strait ferry timetable, register for email updates or book now.

 The Santa Regina

Well known for her stability and comfort due to good hull design and effective stabilisers, the French designed and built Santa Regina joined us in late 2002 after sailing an overnight service between Marseilles and Corsica in the Mediterranean.

With an extensive make-over under her belt, Santa Regina made her inaugural Cook Strait journey in December 2002, which launched the Bluebridge service.


  • Spacious contemporary lounge areas
  • Café
  • Lounge bar
  • Separate coffee kiosk
  • Extensive decking
  • Toilets and baby change areas
  • Work stations
  • 42-inch plasma screens which play free movies


  • Built: Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre, Le Havre, France, 1985
  • Length: 137m
  • Beam overall: 22.5m
  • Gross tonnage: 14,588
  • Draft: 6.0m
  • Main engines: Two Pielstick diesels
  • Service speed: 18 knots
  • Freight capacity: 1300 lane metres
  • Passengers: 370


    The Straitsman

    Built in 2005, the Danish designed and Dutch built Straitsman is the most modern vessel sailing Cook Strait. Formerly called the Dueodde, the ship joined our fleet in 2010 after connecting the Island of Bornholm with the Danish mainland. It was renamed in recognition of Strait Shipping’s first vessel, which was in service for 11 years from when the company first launched in 1992. The Straitsman is also the greenest ship to cross the Strait, with a range of eco-friendly features.


  • Contemporary Scandinavian interior
  • Comfortable modern private cabins
  • Reclining seating areas
  • Café
  • Reception area
  • Family area
  • Viewing lounge
  • Allergy free zone
  • Green features including greater fuel efficiency and utilisation of waste heat for heating hot water and passenger areas
  • High-tech navigation aids, stabilisers, two powerful bow thrusters and in-line high lift flap rudders for better manoeuvrability
  • Extensive decking
  • Toilets and family change areas
  • Facts

  • Built: Volharding Shipyard, Harlingen, Netherlands, 2005
  • Length: 124.9m
  • Beam overall: 23.4m
  • Gross tonnage: 13,906
  • Draft: 5.3m
  • Main engines: Two MaK 9M32
  • Service speed: 18.8 knots
  • Freight capacity: 1248 lane metres (freight and vehicles)
  • Passengers: 400

Monday's timetable

Wgn - Pic:
2.30am, 8.00am, 1.30pm, 8.45pm

Pic - Wgn:
8.00am, 2.00pm, 7.00pm

See full Bluebridge timetable

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