Te Waipiki, the Island Direct ferry, is getting some exciting modifications next week, with owners announcing plans to increase capacity from 50 to 73 passengers thanks to the installation of a new top-deck, covered seating area.
Works will be carried out next week and as such, Island Direct’s scheduled sailings from 1.45pm Monday 15 January through to end of day Thursday 18 January will not operate. Scheduled sailings will return to normal on Friday 19 January - back and bigger than ever.
Owner David Todd said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome more passengers onboard our friendly, reliable ferry service - it’s a game changer for Island Direct after a busy start to summer.”
Island DIrect is a proudly family-owned and operated business, providing daily crossings between downtown Auckland and Waiheke Island on a single, 50-passenger vessel. Offering the ability to book in advance at no added cost, Island Direct provides travelers with the certainty they need to plan their journey in advance - whether that’s important appointment in the city, or a weekend excursion on Waiheke Island. Walk ups are also welcome.
Island Direct offers a range of ticketed products, including one-way ($27.50) and return tickets ($50) between Auckland city to Waiheke Island. Prior to Christmas, Island Direct introduced its first multi-pass 10-journey and 40-journey tickets, providing flexibility and savings to frequent travelers.
Todd continued: “We’ve been enormously grateful for the support of our passengers and community in getting behind this new venture. We’d like to thank these customers in advance for their patience as we carry out these exciting works. We can’t wait to welcome you back on board in a few day’s time.”