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Checking in and travelling

Here you’ll find all you need to know about checking-in, boarding and travelling on a Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry.

Driving on

Driving onLuckily, getting your vehicle onto our ferry is easier than it looks, and minimal preparation is required to make sure you have a safe and easy journey. Our awesome crew are also there to help you every step of the way so please don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.

If you’re travelling in a vehicle, you need to be at the terminal at least an hour before departure and should check in at the vehicle booth – not inside the terminal. As you won’t have access to your vehicle during sailing, make sure you have everything you need for your trip in your hand luggage. You’ll be expected to drive your vehicle safely onboard, although our crew are there to help if you need it. When boarding at night, remember to turn your lights off before you approach the ship's ramp so as not to blind our crew. Double-check your handbrake is on, put it in gear, turn-off your alarm and lock your vehicle.

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Walking on

Foot passengers should check in at the terminal at least 45 minutes before their sailing time. Remember to ensure any luggage is properly labelled and packed securely. In Wellington our team will guide you from the terminal building to our ship on-foot. We can arrange a transfer with our passenger van if you would prefer a little assistance.  We also like to use our passenger van when the weather isn't too flash to keep you all as comfortable as possible. In Picton foot passengers are transported via shuttle bus from the terminal building to the ship (short journey).  
Cyclists

Cyclists should check in at the terminal at least 45 minutes before their sailing time. In Wellington our team will guide you from the terminal building to our ship. In Picton cyclists are asked to follow the passenger shuttle bus from the terminal to the ship. PLEASE NOTE: You are permitted to ride to the stern ramp but you must walk across the ramp and there is no riding allowed inside the ship itself. 

Your bicycle will be stored beneath the decks inside and out of the weather. We supply lashings to secure bicycles to ship rails/brackets and rags for padding but we do encourage owners to bring their own.  A member of our staff will be on hand to provide you with assistance or advice if required.

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Motorbikes

We encourage you to bring your own tie-downs for motorbikes to ensure your vehicle is completely safe and secure during the voyage. A member of our staff will be on hand to provide you with assistance or advice if required.

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Motorhomes and campervans

Cars driving offWe welcome campervans and motorhomes and specifically cater for larger vehicles by offering plenty of space to turn around and park. You’ll be expected to drive your vehicle safely onboard, although our friendly staff members are always close-by if you need a hand!

For extra safety, please ensure you turn off LPG tanks, double-check your handbrake is on, put it in gear, turn-off your alarm and lock your vehicle. When boarding at night, remember to turn your lights off before you approach the ship's ramp so as not to blind our crew.

If you're a member of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association you're entitled to very special rates with Bluebridge. Visit the NZMCA website for more information.

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Sailing delays & cancellations

If you have provided your mobile phone number as part of your booking, we’ll try to contact you if a sailing is delayed or cancelled. In the rare event of a sailing cancellation, we will book you on the next available sailing or fully refund your ticket.

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Travelling with pets

Dog in carYou are welcome to bring your cat or dog along too-after all why should they miss out on a holiday!? Just remember that once you and your furry friend have checked-in and parked in the queue there isn't anywhere appropriate at either of our terminals to go walkies with them so we always suggest visiting a pet-friendly park just before you arrive.   

In Picton there are various options for dog parks where dogs can be let off their leads, they also offer doggie bags to collect their poop! There are a number of places you can exercise your dog off-lead in Wellington. 

Once on board he/she MUST be kept either in your own vehicle or in a kennel on the vehicle deck for the duration of the sailing. We only allow official guide dogs on-board in the passenger areas. Kennels are available for hire for $10. Contact 0800 844 844 or email [email protected]

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Carrying dangerous goods

All dangerous goods must be declared prior to check in. If you are travelling with dangerous goods you will be required to complete a dangerous goods declaration manifest. 

Please take time to familiarise yourself with the following dangerous goods limits. If you have any questions about the goods that you are carrying, please contact us on 0800 844 844.

Please note: 
*Diesel with a flashpoint of over 60C can be carried with a limit of 500 Litres
**Flashpoint refers to the temperature where the vapour of a flammable liquid will ignite

 Drive-On VehiclesWalk-On Passengers
         Corrosives                                 Batteries-limited to less than 250L (measured by the volume of the battery case)
Other Corrosive substances-limited to less than 5kgs (solids) or 5L (Liquids)
Must be stowed in a vehicle, cannot be carried on board
Gases Flammable Gases-limited to less than 50L water capacity.
Max cylinder size 25 Litres
Non-flammable, non-toxic gases limited to 90L water capacity
Scuba dive tanks limited to under 200L water capacity
Flammable Gases-limited to 25L water capacity.
Max cylinder size 25 Litres
Non-flammable, non-toxic gases limited to 25L water capacity
Scuba dive tanks limited to 50L water capacity (4 Cylinders)
Flammable Liquids With a flashpoint** below 1C limited to less than 5 Litres
With a flashpoint between 1C and 60C limited to less than 100 Litres
Examples: Paint, Petrol and Kerosene
With a flashpoint** below 1C limited to 1 Litre
With a flashpoint between 1C and 60C limited to 5 Litres
Examples: Paint, Petrol and Kerosene
Oxidising Materials Up to 5kg or 5L of certain oxidising materials may be carried-please call 0800 844 844 if carrying this product Must be stowed in a vehicle, cannot be carried on board
Flammable Liquids Up to 5kg of certain flammable solids may be carried-please ring and check if you are carrying this product.  Up to 1kg of certain flammable solids may be carried-please ring and check if you are carrying this product
Organic Peroxides Up to 10kg or 10L of certain oxidising materials may be carried - please ring and check if you are carrying this product Must be stowed in a vehicle, cannot be carried on board
Toxic Substances Up to 5kg or 5L of certain toxic substances may be carried-please ring and check if you are carrying this product Up to 1kg or 1L of certain toxic substances may be carried-please ring and check if you are carrying this product
Radioactive Materials There are no exclusions when carrying this product-it MUST be properly declared and a Dangerous Goods Manifest completed. Please call 0800 844 844 to get a form emailed to you for completion. The form will need to be received 24 hours prior to the sailing you are travelling on.  Must be stowed in a vehicle, cannot be carried on board. Must be declared and Dangerous Goods Manifest completed.
Infectious Substances Portable toilet effluent, septic tank wastes and sewage screening sludge. Up to 100 Litres or one portable toilet. Must be stowed in a vehicle, cannot be carried on board
Limited to certain small arm cartridges, hand flares, smoke flares, distress flares and signal cartridges only with a limit of 50kg gross weight including packaging. Please ring 0800 844 844 if carrying any of this class of product Limited to certain small arm cartridges only with a limit of 2kg gross weight including packaging. 

Please ring 0800 844 844 if carrying any of this class of product. 
Dry Ice Articles that present a danger during transport not covered by any other classes. 
Up to 5kg or 5L of certain miscellaneous substances may be carried-please ring and check if you are carrying this product*.
Articles that present a danger during transport not covered by any other classes. 
Only diesel with a flashpoint of over 60C can be carried up to 10L 

 

 

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