Charters & Groups

Looking for a ferry charter? We have vehicle and fast passenger ferries available to charter within the Hauraki Gulf to many destinations

Charters

Vehicle and passenger ferries

Moving a house, fuel, livestock, luxury yacht, organising a wedding, school group or conference? Why not charter your next event at sea.

Charters are available within the inner Hauraki Gulf and are particularly popular with large groups, schools travelling to Motutapu or Motuihe (pest free) and for companies needing to move large amounts of machinery or equipment. Make an enquiry now.

SeaLink ferry Seabridge at Great Mercury Island

Vehicle ferries

There are three main vehicle ferries available for charter: 

Seabridge, Seamaster and Seaway. Seabridge operates from Wynyard Quarter, Auckland City; Seamaster from Half Moon Bay; and Seaway from either terminal. Passenger and vehicle numbers vary between ferries; see our ferries for further details.

As our largest ferry and flagship of our fleet, Seacat is also available for charter around her Waiheke Island schedule, depending on requirements. This vessel can transport a maximum capacity of 50 cars and 400 people. See below for a list of accessible destinations and wharves:

Waiheke Island - Kennedy Point

Great Barrier Island - Port Fitzroy, Karaka Bay, Tryphena, Whangaparapara

Other islands of the Hauraki Gulf - Kawau, Tiritiri Matangi, Rakino, Motutapu, Motuihe, Great Mercury

SeaLink ferry Seamaster on charter at Rakino Island

Passenger ferries

There are four ferries available to charter ranging from 48 to 98 seats.  These fast manoeuvrable ferries provide an economical alternative for corporate groups, wedding parties, schools and island events.

Prior to departure you can theme the ferry to create the right atmosphere with live music or entertainment to suit any occasion. A range of quality bar and catering options is available.

These ferries can access most wharves and private jetties. See below for a list of accessible wharves:

Waiheke Island - Pearl Bay, Waikopou Bay, Cowes Bay, Orapiu, Man O War Bay, Whites Bay, Matiatia Wharf

Other areas of Hauraki Gulf - Te Kawau Bay, Ponui Island. Islington Bay, Motutapu Island. Motuihe Wharf. Rakino Wharf. Hurakia Wharf, Rakino Island. Northcote Point, Devonport Wharf, Torpedo Bay.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us deliver a ‘seamless event'   
Kezia, Total Sport

School groups

If you have a school group and are thinking about travelling to Motutapu Island then contact us to assist. See more information on school groups.

School group boarding SeaLink ferry at Half Moon Bay

Groups

If you have a group of more than 10 people travelling to Waiheke or Great Barrier Island and are planning on booking and travelling together then we can offer a groups discount. Our aim is to make your job as organiser as stress free as possible.

Dirty Dozen Group onboard SeaLink Great Barrier ferry

Weddings

Thinking of getting married overseas? Then what better location to spend your special day than the picturesque Waiheke Island. Voted one of the world’s Top 20 islands by Condé Nast Traveller magazine in 2016, with so many amazing vineyards and wedding venues on this island, you will be spoilt for choice. Our aim is to make booking your wedding transport as stress free as possible. Find out more about our wedding discounts.

Houses and yachts 

If you need to move a house, yacht or heavy equipment such as roading vehicles you will need to charter either the Seamaster or Seabridge ferries.  These ferries can carry heavy loads and Seamaster has the lowest bow. Depending on the size house you are moving, it will need to be lifted on a trailer up and over the bow to be transported.

Charter on SeaLink ferry for super yacht from Hobsonville

Livestock and heavy equipment

Heavy equipment such as roading vehicles will need to travel on either Seamaster or Seabridge ferries as they have wide open decks. Steel tracked vehicles (diggers, bulldozers, excavators etc) must travel on a trailer, as steel tracked vehicles are not permitted on the decks of any of the SeaLink ferries. 

SeaLink ferry Seabridge transporting livestock from Great Mercury Island

Treasure Islands

If you are thinking of chartering a ferry to one of the following destinations you will be travelling to one of the 'Hauraki Gulf Treasure Islands' and biosecurity standards will apply - Rangitoto, Tiritiri Matangi, Motutapu, Motukorea/Browns, Motuihe, Kawau, Rakino, Pakatoa, Ponui and Rotoroa.

The 'Treasure Islands' campaign is a joint initiative between DOC and Auckland Council to help protect conservation islands in the Hauraki Gulf. There's plenty to love about Auckland's awesome island treasures, from sea birds to tuatara and takahē. The campaign ensures we all play our part to guard these special places. 

SeaLink holds Pest-free warrants showing we have met DOC and Auckland council's biosecurity standards for all of our vehicle and passenger ferries. Read more on how to help keep our Hauraki Gulf islands pest-free.