Island Navigator

Car and passenger ferry, Island Navigator cruises out to Great Barrier Island from Wynyard Quarter, Auckland City to Tryphena and Port Fitzroy

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Island Navigator

Island Navigator is our catamaran ferry that cruises to Great Barrier Island from Wynyard Quarter, Auckland City. For boarding you are required to reverse your vehicle on the ferry so when you reach your destination you can just drive off. This ferry is also available for charters.

SeaLink's Island Navigator in port at Tryphena, Great Barrier Island

Onboard facilities

Relax in the comfortable passenger lounge while enjoying food and drinks from the licenced café/bar.  The external viewing decks with outdoor seating allows you to take in the great views. See local landmarks and if you are lucky get the opportunity to see marine life including dolphins, penguins and whales on your journey out to the barrier.

  • Licenced cafe/bar
  • Air conditioned passenger lounge with large windows
  • On the lower level, you will find two reading rooms and two movie lounges 
  • Local information and Great Barrier maps
  • Toilets are located on the vehicle deck on the opposite side to the café/bar


Our liquor licence only allows alcohol purchased on the ferries, to be consumed onboard.  Drinking of alcohol is not permitted at the ferry terminals or on SeaLink premises. No drinking of alcohol is permitted in vehicles while onboard.

SeaLink ferry Island Navigator passenger lounge

Lost and found

Make sure you name your personal belongings and preferably include your email or mobile contact number so we can contact you about any misplaced items. If you realise you’ve left something onboard, please contact us and we’ll make every effort possible to reunite you with your lost items.

Travelling with freight, dangerous goods or firearms

Loose freight is not permitted to travel onboard our ferries due to passenger safety requirements. All dangerous goods such as flammable products, corrosive acids, explosives must be declared when checking in. The same applies to firearms. These will be collected by the crew and secured in the appropriate area on the ferry for the duration of the sailing.


Within the Hauraki Gulf we are travelling within a protected harbour, our ferries offer the benefit of size and stability so it is unlikely you would suffer from motion sickness. However, inclement weather can occur and we recommend passengers that are sensitive to motion sickness should take that into consideration when travelling on board any ferry.

The sailing to Great Barrier does cross the Colville channel which can get uncomfortable in certain weather conditions. We recommend that you take any motion sickness medications in advance as described on packaging and/or wear wristbands which may help on these occasions.

In the unfortunate situation of a rough sailing we do carry sea sickness bags on board.

Motorhomes on the SeaLink Island Navigator

Safe travel for all passengers

Here at SeaLink we operate a Zero Harm policy throughout the company to ensure our passengers, crew, team and customers are all safe. Our team are all trained to identify and mitigate risks. Our crew are trained and are knowledgeable on how to ensure the ferry environment is as safe as it can practicably be.

For this reason, when travelling with dangerous goods we rely on goods being correctly identified, packaged, handled and documented for safe carriage. All fuels must travel in an approved fuel container.

To ensure your own personal safety, we request that if you are unsure if you are travelling with dangerous goods that you check the list below, refer to our Dangerous Goods onboard SeaLink vessels and if you are still unsure that you contact us for further assistance.

The technical stuff

Passenger capacity: 195

Length: 37.95m

Speed: 12knots