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Types of vehicles

Our vehicle decks are rather large so height restrictions aren't really an issue with any of the vehicle types below. We ask that you simply provide us with the correct length information so we can allow sufficient space.

If your vehicle type is not listed below please contact our customer services team for a quote.

0800 844 844

Car

Less than 5.5m

Covers, but is not limited to the following vehicle types: sedan, hatch-back, coupe, sports car/convertible, people-mover, station wagon, SUV or an off-roader, classic car, 4x4.

Car - longer than 5.5m

Covers, but is not limited to the following vehicle types: sedan, coupe, sports car/convertible, people-mover, station wagon, SUV or an off-roader, limousine, classic car, 4x4.

Ute

Less than 5.5m

Covers, but is not limited to the following: flat deck, extended cab and double cab utility vehicles, 4x4.

Longer than 5.5m Covers, but is not limited to the following: flat deck, extended cab and double cab utility vehicles, 4x4.

Van

Less than 5.5m

Covers, but is not limited to the following: both semi-bonnet/front-wheels forward and forward control/cab forward vans.

Longer than 5.5mCovers, but is not limited to the following: both semi-bonnet/front-wheels forward and forward control/cab forward vans, long wheel base.

Campervan

Select this category if you are travelling in a campervan or a van which has been converted to include sleeping accommodation. Campervans are generally no larger than a standard van and sometimes contain limited toilet or kitchen facilities.

Motorhome

Includes house buses, motorhomes shaped like a bus or motorhomes built on a "cutaway van" chassis. This category of vehicle typically has a double or queen bed in the rear or above the drivers cab, living area behind the driver's seat, and a toilet and kitchen area in the middle.

5th Wheeler

Includes travel trailers that can only be towed by a truck/ute, as the trailer sits on a hitch in the truck bed. Please enter the total length of your ute +travel trailer as it measures when it is hitched.

Motorbike

Covers motorcycles with 2 wheels and mopeds. Please note, we class power-assisted pedal cycles as bicycles which can be added as an extra later on in the booking process.

Trike or sidecar

Covers motorbikes with one wheel at the front and two wheels at the rear and motorbikes with two wheels at the front and one wheel at the rear. This category also covers motorbikes with sidecars i.e. a car, box or other receptacle attached to the side of a motorcycle which is supported by a wheel.

Light truck

Covers trucks less than 2 tonnes in weight and up to 6 metres in length. For trucks exceeding these limits please contact our freight team on 0800 162 322.

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Types of towing

Our vehicle decks are rather large so height restrictions aren't really an issue with any of the vehicle types below. We ask that you simply provide us with the correct length information so we can allow sufficient space.

Please note if you are travelling with livestock you will need to book via our freight office by calling 0800 162 322 or emailing freight@strait.co.nz

Towed Car

Covers, but is not limited to the following vehicle types: sedan, hatch-back, coupe, sports car/convertible, people-mover, station wagon, SUV or an off-roader, classic car, 4x4.

Caravan

A vehicle equipped for living in, typically towed by a car.

Trailer

A trailer connected to any vehicle including a motorbike. Trailers under 2m in length are charged as 2m.

Boat

A trailer designed to launch, retrieve and carry boats.

Discover 10 hidden gems down south

Set sail south for an adventure and discover these 10 hidden gems loved by our most experienced explorers, NZMCA members. The kids are back to school so it’s a great time to explore your backyard and save with Bluebridge's better value fares every day. Your ticket includes free WiFi and movies plus you’ll earn Airpoints Dollars™ every time you sail with us. You can even book now and pay later with Afterpay!

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Reason #1 - Oparara Arches

Recommended by Geof Franks from Christchurch

"Oparara Arches are north of Karamea and 13km on a hilly single road to a DOC tramping area, but worth the difficult trip. Amazingly the approach to this magnificent arch isn't as the photo suggests, it's from above and down into a subterranean cave that opens into the middle of the arch. It's breathtaking"

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Reason #2 - Tunnel Beach, Dunedin

Recommended by Simone Jackson from Dunedin

"This is Tunnel Beach only 10 minutes drive from Dunedin city centre I kid you not!"

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Reason #3 - Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay

Recommended by Heather Colling from Nelson

"Beautiful Wharariki Beach in Golden Bay is a beautiful windswept beach with the most dramatic sunsets."

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Reason #4 - Purakaunui Bay, Catlins

Recommended by Lorraine Te Amo from Waikato

"Purakaunui Bay in the Catlins. Freedom camping on a beautiful spot with salt encrusted cliffs."

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Reason #5 - Mavora Lakes, Southland

Recommended by Linda Darnill from Southland

"When you travel NZ a lot......actually full time, it takes a lot to 'stop you in your tracks'!  A place so special that it nearly takes your breath away.  Mavora Lakes, in the heart of Southland, did just that.  Easily accessible yet a feeling of complete remoteness gave us the opportunity to stop, unplug from the world (no coverage) and reset.  Our view from our camping spot was ever-changing.  From the morning light kissing the mountain tops, the mid-day sun embracing the blue of the lakes to the setting sun in the evening bringing a surreal stillness.  We spent our time hiking, biking and sipping red wine beside our open fire while the sausages cooked on the grill.  No wonder families have been coming here for decades.  There have been many childhood memories made right here in this expansive DoC Camp beside the North and South Lakes".

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Reason #6 - Flat Hut, Copland Valley

Recommended by Paul Hewson from Nelson.

"Welcome Flat Hut and natural thermal pools in winter are an amazing reward for a 17.8km tramp that takes around 7 hours. Online bookings are essential for the 31 bed DoC hut, located in the Copland valley, 25km south of Fox Glacier."

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Reason #7 - Lake Opuha, Canterbury

Recommended by John Hayward from Pukekohe.

"This is Lake Opuha, a delightful spot tucked away a short distance from Fairlie in South Canterbury. It is fed by the North and South Opuha rivers and there is a dam at the southern end. The views are spectacular."

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Reason #8 - Curio Bay, Catlins

Recommended by Pam Butler from Invercargill.

"The area called Curio Bay in the Catlins is a hidden gem and my special place to chill out and reconnect with nature. Camping is perfectly placed amongst flax bushes at the narrow neck of a headland with Curio Bay on one side and Porpoise Bay on the other. This bay is to me incorrectly named as it is actually the rare Hector Dolphins who call this home. What a great choice they have made!|Porpoise Bay is a sheltered sandy beach with a safe swimming area and where I love to body board with the dolphins. Being on the southern coast of New Zealand the water is either cool or cold so on a nice day after a swim in the sea a soak in the sun warmed rock pools is great. These rock pools are safe place for young children to have some fun. There is a surf school that hires wet suits and boards and lessons are available. Sea lions (Whakahao) numbers are increasing and it is not uncommon for them to visit this bay and sometimes also the camping ground. Amazing creatures to watch from a distance as I have seen how fast they can travel out of water. Seals frequent the area too and even whales have occasionally visited in this Bay. At low tide I enjoy clambering around the rocks from Porpoise Bay to Curio Bay around the headland. Curio Bay is world renowned  for its petrified forest that was formed millions of years ago during the Jurassic period. The area has a great lookout and information panels. This is an interesting area to explore the perfectly preserved wood grains, stumps and complete trees of the forest that once stood on this location. This petrified forest is believed to be the closest to a living forest in the world. In this living forest beside Curio Bay there is a flat loop bush walk suitable for every ability. Early evening is the time to go to one of the designated areas over looking Curio Bay to spot the yellow eyed penguins (Hoiho) returning from the sea to their nesting sites. Porpoise Bay is also home to penguins - Little blue penguins.  A great way to end the day is to sit on the Curio Bay natural rock bridge and watch the sunset. An area of no light pollution also makes for brilliant night sky viewing. Recently opened Curioscape has cleverly put together interactive displays that are worth spending the time and the entrance fee. Curioscape is also a cafe/restaurant with a selection of both cabinet food, meals and drinks. Curio Bay  - a place to love and enjoy."

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Reason #9 - Okarito, West Coast

Recommended by Paul Hewson from Nelson

"Okarito is an amazing place on the beach on the West Coast. There is a great campground and one of the few places where you can light a fire on the beach and watch the sunset. You can often view Kotoku feeding in the lagoon. A short walk to the Trig gives incredible views of the coastline and the South Alps, Mt Aoraki/Cook and the Franz Josef Glacier."

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Reason #10 - St Bathans

Recommended by Ron & Jackie Gorton, from Kerikeri.

"Last time we travelled Bluebridge to the South Island we endeavoured to take the roads less travelled and discovered the old ghost town of St Bathans. The Hotel is haunted by a resident who died over 100 years ago and many of the 10 remaining inhabitants of the town are reported as having seen her. One visitor even accidentally captured her on camera. The scenery is stunning as the hotel overlooks a picturesque Blue Lake that the old gold miners had sluiced into a 69 metre deep hole that is now filled with water. At the time it was the deepest mining hole in the Southern Hemisphere.|We will travel Bluebridge again this summer and we intend spending more time in this area, who knows we may even see the ghost."

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