Extra items you may be carrying

Travelling with your vehicle

If you're travelling with your vehicle, there’s no limit to how many bags or items you can carry in or on your vehicle. We do have a few height restrictions on several of our ferries. If you are travelling with roof racks and gear on top, you’ll need to book an open deck vehicle space, contact the Customer Service Team to ensure your vehicle has been booked correctly.

If you have bike racks, kayaks or building supplies that hang over the length of your vehicle, you’ll need to book a vehicle space the entire length of the overhang.

Travelling as a foot passenger

If you’re travelling to Waiheke Island and walking onto the ferry, you’ll need to carry your own baggage.

If you’re travelling to Great Barrier Island, walking onto the ferry, carry on allowance is one small bag and one handbag/laptop bag. We recommend you put all the essentials for your trip into this bag (i.e. phone, camera, wallet, reading glasses, book or tablet and any medications you require during your trip).

Our Health & Safety policy states that no crew or team member can assist with any overweight baggage (max 32kg) at any time – it’s just not safe for them to do so.

Baggage allowance for the Great Barrier service

There is a check in allowance of 2 pieces per person. These items can vary and include, suitcase, backpack, chilli bin or banana box. All baggage must be secured in our baggage truck or bins while we are sailing to keep all of our passengers safe.

Additional baggage for Great Barrier Island

SeaLink offers you the option of excess baggage (with a maximum of 2 extra pieces) subject to space being available. We recommend you book and pay for additional baggage, bikes, surfboards or any other extra’s before arriving at check-in, especially during December, January and all holiday weekends as space is limited. This saves you time in the check-in queue as our team can have your booking finalised and tickets ready for collection.

Travelling with a bike

For Waiheke Island, you can travel with your bike and we don’t charge extra for the bike. There is a small charge for your bike when travelling to Great Barrier Island.

If you are taking a bike we recommend it is equipped with lights, especially if you intend to ride early in the morning or after dusk as the roads are narrow and winding with many blind corners.Adventure Capital ebike tour on Trig Hill on Waiheke Island

Travelling with a surfboard

Pack your surfboard as you would when you travel on an airline. When travelling to Waiheke Island, ask the crew when you board, where to store these items. When travelling to Great Barrier Island, there is a charge for a surfboard.  All care is taken when loading items into the baggage truck or bins, but items can move during sailings so it’s best to have your board protected. 

Travelling with a kayak

If you’re travelling with a vehicle and the kayak is either in or on the vehicle and it overhangs, there is an additional charge. You will need to book a space for the total length of your car and kayak.

If you’re travelling as a foot passenger to Waiheke Island, we cannot accept loose freight at the terminals. Please book your kayak as freight using our FreightLink services.  If travelling as a foot passenger to Great Barrier Island, please book on your kayak when you make your booking. The Customer Service Team can assist you with costs and check-in instructions.

Travelling with my pets

Dogs are permitted to travel on the ferry on the outside decks.  Only a registered guide dog or assistance dog will be permitted to travel in the passenger lounge with their owner. Cats can travel to Waiheke Island either in your vehicle or in an approved animal carrier cage.

Travelling with children

If you’re travelling as a foot passenger, you’re welcome to bring a car seat or stroller – just ask one of our crew where to stow them during your sailing.

Lost property

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 think you’ve left something on one of our ferries, telephone or email our Customer Service Team as soon as you realise, so we can attempt to locate and return your belongings to you.