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.
From a single RAW image, tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.2


ipiriri, catamaran, ferry, fullers, opua, harbour, russell, paihia, bay of islands, new zealand


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 1 year ago

    Ipiriri at Opua wharf, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    Very nice scene and capture Roy

  • Many thanks Kala.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Shiva77
    Shiva77over 1 year ago

    great capture Roy!!

  • Thank you very much Shiva both for your great comment and favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Ray.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    love that turquoise water xx

  • Many thanks Lynn – it often looks that colour, quite tropical I think !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Patty Boyte
    Patty Boyteover 1 year ago


  • Thank you very much Patty – lovely to have a feature from your group !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Poverty
    Povertyover 1 year ago

    I hope that they don’t let you drive it at all as landlubber that you are you’d probably crash into another boat because you were on the wrong side of the road or something. Seriously Roy. Wish I lived in such a place and had nice waters to take trips around islands on. The Bristol Channel doesn’t quite come up to the 5 Star waters you have. Cheers. Tony.

  • Cheers and thanks Tony. After six years in the British Merchant Navy and twenty odd as skipper of the Auckland Pilot boat I’m more at home at sea than on the roads. Sadly, we no longer own a boat, too expensive to keep retirement ! In fact, I drive my car like a boat – I’m often giving at least five short and rapid blasts on the horn meaning I don’t consider the other vehicle ( vessel ) is doing enough to avoid a collision……ha ha !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Thank you also for the favourite – I appreciate it.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous colours and capture Roy … the meat loaded from that port was probably the NZ lamb we used to have for Sunday dinner … the old Moody Blues ‘must be lamb today ’cause beef was last week’ comes to mind :)

  • You could be right there Susie – that was a few years ago….! Thank you for your great comment. Your comment also brings to mind – on the Port Fairy it was a cargo of bulk phosphate from Algeria to NZ and a freezer meat cargo home to UK. Do you think it tasted funny then……?

    – Roy Massicks

  • Rita Blom
    Rita Blomabout 1 year ago

    Love the aquatic colours here Roy, The clouds in the sky make a splendid backdrop. Beautiful clean waters like here in Australia. Love it!

  • Thank you kindly Rita – yes the water does generally look good, it’s only when it rains heavily it turns brown !

    – Roy Massicks

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

    Clear and beautiful work!!

  • Many thanks Gena – we see this vessel daily during the summer months. Smaller boats do the Dolphin & Whale watching.

    – Roy Massicks

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