Fuel Prices Hit Ferry Commuters Three Times

Posted by on Apr 06, 2011 | 4 Comments

Devonport Ferry Terminal

Those Devonport and Stanley Bay commuters responding to increased fuel prices by abandoning their cars for ferries are finding they are part of a growing trend; which is leading to overcrowding on some services. Passenger traffic on ferries was up almost 13% in February compared with 12 months ago.

Moreover, in addition to experiencing some discomfort in travelling as a result of the overcrowding, commuters are having to stomach a fare increase; Fullers are also having to respond to the increase in fuel costs.

The single biggest cost in running ferries is diesel and Fullers are feeling the price hike too. All Fullers services to and from Devonport and Stanley Bay increased by 6 percent on Wednesday, bringing the standard adult return fare to $11.

Nevertheless, a monthly pass on the Devonport and Stanley Bay routes still only costs $128 – a substantial saving on fuel and wear and tear on the car.


  1. Gilbert says:

    Thanks Chris. Interesting. So what you’re saying is that I am paying more for my ticket so that someone in Birkenhead can pay less. Fantastic.

  2. Chris Darby says:

    Fullers would argue that Birkenhead and Bayswater are susidised services while Devonport and Stanley Bay are fully commercial and unsubsidised. My observation is that the loadings on the Devonport run are huge, fare income has grown and increased fuel costs on this service should be partially offset by passenger growth. I’ve asked Auckland Transport for a passenger breakdown per service but doubt they will release it citing commercial sensitivity. Chris Darby

  3. James S says:

    You would think that with passenger numbers up 13%, and no increase in services to cope with that (so no more fuel being burnt); they wouldn’t need to increase their prices by 6%.

    Don’t seem to have had to put them up for Bayswater nor Birkenhead nor Northcote …

  4. Gilbert says:

    Any idea why Devonport and Stanley Bay commuters pay more than Birkenhead commuters?

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