Wellington to Picton - North & South Islands
The Leisurely Way to Cruise Cook Strait
The Interislander's three ferries - Kaiarahi, Aratere and Kaitaki, offer a
convenient and regular daily rail, commercial freight, passenger and car ferry
service crossing Cook Strait from
Wellington in the North Island to
in the South Island.
The 92 km, three hour journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New
Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences, and one of the most spectacular
cruises in the world.
Your Interislander ferry sailing starts from Wellington, with it's picturesque
harbour, crossing Cook Strait before entering the sheltered waters of the
magnificent Marlborough Sounds finishing at Picton located
in a sheltered marine harbour where you will have time to experience this
charming small town before connecting with various bus services to other destinations in the
Interislander ferries offer a range of on board facilities for you to enjoy as
you view of some of New Zealand's most unique scenery. Enjoy a movie, a drink in
the bar and anything from a snack to a three course meal.
A nursery, comfortable passenger areas and lounges with reclining seats with
head rests, plenty of open deck space, children's play area and an
Whether you're in New Zealand at the moment, or planning your trip to New
Zealand from elsewhere in the world, you can reserve your space on an
Interislander ferry now. Bookings on an Interislander ferry are essential, and are usually available up
to six months in advance. Space is limited - especially if you're travelling
with a vehicle, so its recommended that you try to book as early as you can.
Major rental car operators like Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar or Thrifty will
not allow their rental cars to travel between the North and South Islands on any
Cook Strait ferry service. You will have to drop off at Wellington and
pick up a new car at Picton if travelling north to south or drop off at Picton
and pick up in Wellington if travelling south to north.
There is courtesy transfers between Interislander's Wellington Ferry Terminal
and Wellington Railway Station (Platform 9).
bus and coach services
to and from Picton - depart and arrive at
Interislander's Picton Ferry Terminal and to and from Wellington - depart
and arrive at Wellington railway station.
Cruising time is 3 hours and 20 minutes on the Kaiarahi, Aratere and Kaitaki.
Interislander Ferry - Kaiarahi
Interislander Ferry - Aratere
Interislander Ferry - Kaitaki