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Food and drink

Bluebridge is the best way for foodies and wine lovers to cross Cook Strait. You'll be spoilt for choice with great coffee, freshly baked breads, tempting cakes and a range of kiwi-inspired fare prepared with love by our chefs on board. So regardless of whether your Cook Strait sailing is at breakfast, lunch or dinner we’ve got the menu sorted!

Real New Zealand flavour

For those with a sweet tooth we have freshly baked muffins, cakes and pastries, and kids are well catered for with special children's meals, Carrello gelato and delicious free of nasties Paleta iceblocks.  We source authentic artisan breads from local bakers Pandoro so you can choose from a selection of freshly baked ciabatta, foccacia and paninis during your sailing.All of our fresh fruit and produce is sourced locally. Our lamb comes from Nelson, our beef from Canterbury and Salmon is supplied from the Marlborough Sounds. Well renowned Wellington coffee roaster - Caffe L’affare even deliver their beans fresh to our ships each day. 


Truly good value tucker 

We pride ourselves on keeping our food prices at a level that is affordable to the average kiwi family without sacrificing quality or portion size (think hungry truck driver)! So it's highly likely that you will leave our ferry with a big smile on your face AND money left in your wallet to spend on the rest of your trip!

Roast Lamb Jus


Marlborough's finest drop

wine web sizeWe are proud to serve the award-winning Ara Single Estate family of wines. Their beautifully lush Pinot Gris in particular is in such limited supply that you can only find it in Australia and New Zealand.

Crafted from grapes grown in the Waihopai Valley at the westernmost end of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Ara draws on time-honoured wine making methods to create a strikingly different wine experience.

This all combines to offer a point of distinctiveness which refines the quality of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir varieties resulting in wines of elegance and texture.

If wine isn't your thing, we also offer a range of beers, cold drinks, juices and milkshakes.


Quality caffeine fix

Customers drinking coffeeOur Caffe L’affare-trained baristas can make you a superb espresso coffee from beans roasted by Wellington’s iconic and revered coffee roastery.

We love Caffe L’affare's no compromise approach to coffee quality and the fact that they source the finest green beans, use the latest roasting technology and create the finest blends.


Food menus


5.30 am - 10.30am

Eggs on Toast (optional gf)
Your choice of scrambled, poached or fried eggs served on toasted ciabatta. - add bacon for an extra $2.50
The Big Kiwi Breakfast
Your choice of scrambled, poached or fried eggs served with tomato, baked beans, sausage, bacon and hash browns on toasted ciabatta.
Continental Breakfast (V)
Cereal, yoghurt, fruit, two slices of toast and two spreads.
Toast and Spreads (V)
Two slices of fresh bread with two butters and two spreads.
Scottish Bap
Filled with a poached egg, bacon and hollandaise.
Cereal (V)
Your choice of either Weetbix or Muesli with milk.
Eggs Benedict (optional gf)
With bacon $15.80 or with salmon $17.80
from $15.80

Lunch & Dinner

10.30 am - 9.00 pm

Captain Bluebeard's Pirate Meal
Your choice of either southern style chicken strips, fish pieces or pizza (ham & cheese or cheese & tomato) all served with chips, a Just Juice box and piece of fruit.
Fish and Chips
Crumbed Dory served with chips, a fresh salad, tartare dressing and tomato sauce.
Chicken Burger
A Bluebridge favourite served with tomato, lettuce, red onion, mayo and a sweet chilli sauce, with chips and a salad garnish.
Steak Sandwich (optional gf)
Scotch ribeye minute steak on a toasted bap with mayo, red onion, tomato, cheese and onion marmalade served with chips and a salad garnish.
Bluebridge + BBQ sauce Beef Burger
Beef burger with BBQ sauce served with chips, garden salad lettuce, beetroot chutney and avocado blend (v) (gf option available)
Butter Chicken (gf)
Classic butter chicken served with basmati rice and a salad garnish
Traditional Tortellini (v)
Spinach and Ricotta filled tortellini in a homemade tomato sauce served with garlic bread
Fish Sandwich
Crumbed Dory served on a toasted bap with tartare, lettuce, cheese red onion and tomato. Served with chips and a salad garnish.
Falafal Pita (v)
Two falafal Pitas dressed in mint and yoghurt served with side salad
StraitNZ Lamb Salad (gf/df)
With a mint and yoghurt dressing
StraitNZ Greek Salad (gf)
Greek salad with a balsamic glaze
StraitNZ Salmon Salad (gf/df)
Salmon Salad with a lemon dressing
Passengers Special of the Day
Dinner served from the Bain Marie
Salmon Pate
Four pieces of salmon pate served with melba toast and a side garnish


9.00am - 5.30am

Your choice of either a ham or chicken panini.
Vegetable Frittata
Baked slice with egg, kumara, carrot, onion, herbs, potato and tomato served with chutney (V)(GF)
Basket of Wedges (V)
Potato wedges served with Thai chilli sauce and sour cream.
Nachos (V)
Corn tortilla chips served with beans, avocado, red onion, sour cream and tomato salsa.
From $9.80
Basket of Hot Chips (V)
Hot chips served with tomato sauce and aioli.
Polenta Chips (V) (GF)
Polenta chips served with chutney
Salt ‘n’ Pepper Squid
Squid basket served with a salad garnish, sweet chilli sauce and aioli


Drinks menus

Beer, cider & RTD's

Moa Apple Cider
Made from 100% New Zealand grown apples and fermented with French Oak
Coruba Rum & Cola
This is a dark, flavoured rum with hints of spices and caramel
Gordons Gin & Tonic
Gordon’s gin, mixed with crisp sparkling Schweppes Indian Tonic Water
Jim Beam & Coke
Jim Beam White Label
A sweet fruity aroma with a hint of malt, toffee & caramel
Speights Gold
Full flavour of malt and hops
The unmistakable colour, the one-of-a-kind taste and the unparalleled Mexican flavour
Heineken 0.0
Moa Southern Alps
The perfect marriage between a traditional Belgian wheat beer and a modern aromatic IPA.
Parrot Dog Bitterbitch
Steinlager Classic
Smirnoff Ice
Emmersons Bookbinder Amber Ale
Tuatara Amarillo Dark Ale

Wine list

Allan Scott Chardonnay
The palate is nicely complex with ripe peachy flavours, nuts and melon
$11.00 glass / $40.00 bottle
Allan Scott Riesling
Floral and lemon aromas with subtle underlying tropical notes.
$11.00 glass / $40.00 bottle
Ara Pinot Gris
Delicate aromas of pear and nectarine which flow through to honey citrus notes
$11.00 glass / $40.00 bottle
Alan Scott Merlot
Berry fruit, coffee, and vanilla bean flavours
$11.00 glass / $40.00 bottle
Ara Pinot Noir
Dark raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavours emerge from a soft and savoury wine
$11.00 glass / $40.00 bottle
Brancott Estate
$10.00 / bottle
Ara Rose
$40 / Bottle
Ara Sav Blanc
$11.00 glass / $40.00 bottle
Crafters Union cans
Sav Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rose

Tea & Coffee

Latte, Flat white, Long Black, Espresso, Cappuccino, Mochaccino, Chai Latte. Full, Trim or Soy milk available.
From $4.00
English Breakfast, Peppermint, Lemon Grass and Ginger, Malabar Chai, Lavender Grey, Honey Dew Green, Fruit's of Eden, Cleopatra's Champagne
Hot Chocolate

Cold drinks

Just Juice
NZ Natural Water Sparking/Still
Soft drinks on Tap
Pepsi, Pepsi Max, 7UP, Mountain Dew or Mountain Dew Livewire
From $4.00
Lime, Caramel, Chocolate, Banana, Strawberry or Vanilla
Bottle Range
Franks Ginger Beer, Franks Key Lime and Lemon Bitters, Franks Zesty Lemonade, Franks Sparkling Blood Orange, Oh! Berry, Oh! Orange & Mango, Ovi Citrus, Ovi Peach or V Green
V Pure
Up and Go
Chocolate or Vanilla
Orange Juice
Very Berry, Peach and Apricot Paradise, Feijoa Frenzy, Spirulina Slam
Raspberry Lime, Ginger Lemon, Original


Special dietary requirements

We can cater for many customers with individual requirements such as religious, ethnic or dietary needs. Please advise the cafe staff of your requirements. 


Gluten Free dishes & products

Fritatta webIt's important to note that we also offer other gluten-free items on a daily basis. You can find our gluten free menu items in our food menu above with the 'GF' symbol listed next to the menu item. If you still experience difficulty with our current menu – simply talk to a member of our friendly crew about your requirements. Our chefs can create something special for you. 

**Please note that our gluten-free fried items are prepared using the same cooking equipment as a number of non-gluten free products.


Food allergies

For your peace of mind and assistance, we carry an up-to-date food allergy manual behind each service counter on board our ships. This manual details every food item we sell and/or make on board with all ingredients listed clearly for our staff. If one of our customers is nut intolerant or allergic for example, the pesto in a scone may have traces of pinenut and this can be checked on the ingredients listed in the manual. We also operate peanut free galleys on board both ships. No peanuts are carried or used in our kitchens. Again if you're unsure or struggling to find something suitable on our current menu selection, please talk to a member of our friendly crew as our Chefs are only too happy to assist you.


Food hygiene and safety

The Wellington City Council's Environmental Health Officers annually inspect all premises that prepare, package and store food for sale. We are delighted to announce that Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry has been awarded the an excellent food hygiene grading for all of our food service outlets. Our grade is based on the Council's 4-category risk rating. The categories are: conduct and practices, structure of the premises, cleaning and sanitising and staff training.


Halal certification

Each of our current suppliers of beef, lamb and chicken holds a Halal Certificate issued by The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand Inc. (FIANZ), our national Muslim organisation.  The Federation's Halal Committee (comprising the Religious Advisory Board, Meat Scientists, Food Technologists and the Secretariat) ensure that meat plants of New Zealand, operating under the supervision of the Federation, always maintain a high degree of Halal integrity. Halal Accreditation Certificates (for the premises) are issued to such meat plants by the Federation only after a thorough and rigorous Halal auditing process which includes a regime of ongoing supervision and inspection.  You can learn more about the issuing of Halal Certificates to meat plants on the FIANZ website.

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