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This is the ’ Ipiriri ’ the largest vessel in the Fuller’s ferry fleet. She does overnight cruises around the Bay of Islands. Up until the 1960’s the small port of Opua was a frequent port of call for cargo vessels to load meat for UK and Europe. Cruise ships used to berth here for a few years until they became so large and expensive to berth – they now anchor in the Bay.
The vehicular ferry also crosses from Opua to Russell leaving the passenger ferries to service Paihia to Russell.
Location: Opua, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Panasonic LUMIX GH2 at 41mm, 14 × 140 lens 1/250, f/8, iso160, manual.
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