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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

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Board the InterIslander ferry for a 3-hour cruise across Cook Strait, which links New Zealand’s capital city in the North Island to a charming enclave in the South Island. The Wellington-to-Picton ferry offers daily service one way, with jaw-dropping views along one of the world’s most scenic waterways.
  • InterIslander ferry one-way ticket
  • Ferry from Wellington to Picton across Cook Strait
  • View the North Island, South Island and Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Daily ferry services provided
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One way InterIslander ferry trip from Wellington to Picton
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Kennels are provided for traveling with dogs at a cost of $15
Carrying additional bicycles and sporting gear cost of $15 per item
Wellington , Wellington Ferry Terminal, 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Interislander Ferry Terminal - 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington

Picton , Auckland Street, Picton 7281, New Zealand
Ride the InterIslander ferry from Wellington to Picton, cruising from the North Island to the South Island via Cook Strait. Depart the vibrant harbor city of Wellington for the shores of quaint Picton, nestled in Queen Charlotte Sound at the heart of the Marlborough Sounds. 

Experience the dramatic beauty of the region steeped in forest-clad hills, and view both islands from the ferry deck. Snap photos of the Kaikoura Ranges and search the sparkling waters for marine life such as seabirds, dolphins, seals, whales and orcas.

Upon reaching Picton, disembark at this South Island hub, gateway to the Marlborough region.

Note: This InterIslander ferry option does not allow travel with your vehicle.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Apart from designated areas, smoking is not permitted inside the ship.
  • The InterIslander fleet has 3 vessels: The Kaitaki (carrying up to 1600 passengers), The Aratere (carrying up to 350 passengers) and the Kaiarahi (carrying up to 550 passengers).
  • From Picton, some InterIslander ferry sailing's connect with the Coastal Pacific train service to Kaikoura and Christchurch.
  • Check in at the terminal at least 45 minutes prior to departure time
  • Cafes and a food court
  • Fast-food takeaway bar
  • Shop for travel needs, souvenirs, magazines and confectionery
  • Movie theater (on selected ships)
  • Video games parlor
  • Lounge and tavern bar
  • Observation deck
  • Children's play area and nursery
  • During off-peak sailing's, some facilities are only open for a limited time
  • Surcharge applies to additional services including extra luggage, large sporting equipment, traveling with pets. The option of carrying additional bicycles and sporting gear (for example, canoes or surfboards), is an additional cost per item. If you are traveling with dogs, kennels are provided at an extra cost, ensuring your pet's comfort and safety, and your peace of mind. There are a limited number of kennels available.
  • The luggage allowance is two (2) items of baggage per person. Additional baggage items may be carried, subject to availability and on the payment of an additional charge. Larger baggage, including backpacks, must be checked in at the Wellington terminal. Baggage can then be collected from the carousels at the port of arrival. InterIslander will not accept individual baggage items which exceed either 32 kilograms in weight, or 200 linear centimeters (height and length and width) in dimension. For safety reasons, there are no exceptions to the weight restriction. However, the restriction in dimension is relaxed for sporting equipment.
  • Infants aged 1 year and under travel free of charge.
  • Children aged 2 to 14 years inclusive qualify for the child rate.
  • Youths aged 18 years and under are not permitted to travel in the Plus Lounge.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Interislander
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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, May 2022
Weather was very windy when we left Wellington. The check-in was easy and fast with the staff very helpful. Lots of seating space on the ship as a walk 🚶‍♂️ on passenger you choose the seating before the drive on passengers board. Would I d do it again and again as the views are amazing.
My once in a long time ferry trip!!!
, May 2022
Leaving on time... arriving on time... having a lovely meal on board...watching TV during the trip. The staff were pleasant and welcoming and helped us with our bikes....
A trip to remember
, May 2022
Check-in was easy and fast. Staff were friendly. Many seating areas. It was chilly and a bit choppy so we didn't use the top deck to view the crossing’s scenery. It was an experience in itself.
Nice trip with ferry
, Mar 2020
Calm sea, further information about the surrounding by the captain, passenger by foot needed to embark by bus as the gangway area is under construction in Wellington but it worked quite well.
Best way to travel between North and South Islands
, Mar 2020
Had an amazing time on my crossing. Met fun people and we were graced with beautiful conditions! The staff was wonderful, thank you.
, Mar 2020
Beautiful day for sailing. Good conditions and great scenery. Staff was very welcoming and friendly.
Ferry from Wellington
, Mar 2020
The check in people were very rude and made unhelpful comments about how the gate was almost closed. (It was 12:32.) The disembarking was a hot mess with no signage and people waiting on deck for 30 minutes. However, the trip was really rough and the crew was super helpful to passengers who were sick. The seating was good.
Ferry experience
, Mar 2020
Very comfortable staff very friendly and helpful. Good timing and ease if access and egress. Simple process booking, great bar for variety of food and beverages.
Smooth trip
, Jan 2020
Overall we had a very good experience travelling on the InterIslander Ferry. We had a smooth trip and the staff were pleasant and helpful.
A great boat ride!
, Jan 2020
This was one of the nicest, most comfortable ferry rides I have ever taken. The crew was very accommodating and the offerings were top notch.
, Dec 2019
Good trip. Nice view. Nice weather once in South Island. The boat was comfortable and the trip was not too long and not too short.
Beautiful New Zealand
, Nov 2019
Really nice boat, beautiful scene in sunshine ! After cruise we stayed 2 nights at Picton AMD took a coastal pacific train to Christchurch. Highly recommended 💗
good ferry trip
, May 2019
We travelled from Wellington to Picton on the afternoon ferry which was very nice and a swift check in at the terminal there was plenty to do and see onboard have a beer and something to eat if you wanted it
Lovely day for the trip and even saw a...
, Feb 2018
Lovely day for the trip and even saw a pod of dolphins
Three relaxing hours through Cook...
Monica M
, Jan 2018
Three relaxing hours through Cook Strait to the lovely township of Picton (South Island). Totally worth it!
Very relaxing way to cross the channel...
Michael G
, Dec 2017
Very relaxing way to cross the channel to the north or south island. Highly recommended!
It was so amazing to take this ferry...
George R
, Dec 2017
It was so amazing to take this ferry from Wellington to Picton. Navigating the Cook Straights, even in this large of a ship on what was called a calm day, shows just why the sailors of the 18th Century were true adventurers. The ride was so comfortable, and the views were amazing, but make sure you hold on to your hat. If you go outside, the wind even on a calm day is pretty stiff. The staff we met were all very friendly, food was great, and the whole experience was one of the highlights of our trip. Entering into Picton Queen Charlotte Sound was simply breathtaking. Never seen anything so beautiful anywhere else on earth!
beautiful scenery. I hardly sat down...
Stefani B
, Jun 2017
beautiful scenery. I hardly sat down for the 3 hours of the trip because I was taking pictures and just in awe. Smooth easy ferry ride. No complaints.
This was a very good trip for a...
Joseph F
, Apr 2017
This was a very good trip for a first timer.The reception area in Wellington was quite good and checking baggage was easy. Boarding was smooth and easy. We did not know the lay out of the ship with how seating was laid out, since there is no assigned seats And it is good that there is no assigned seats.. But know that the best seats for many were in the bar in front of ship with a view out front and TVs on sides with your favorite sports on them. It was good that it was not crowded in other areas so it allowed moving around and even laying down across several seats in center. Signs were fairly clear about which doors to use for moving up to the outside viewing decks. There were no too many signs warning one to be careful about obvious things for which to be careful. Food services were surprisingly good and reasonably priced. Staff were quite friendly, but always could smile a bit more. It was a cloudy, rainy day but the ride was very smooth.
This was a ferry across the strait...
, Mar 2017
This was a ferry across the strait, nothing more, nothing less. The seating wasn't very comfortable, and while there was a cooked breakfast available, the choices were quite slim. The best part of this early morning trip was the scenery. The late afternoon return ferry lacked sunlight to enjoy the scenery, but the seating was more comfortable and the food choices were much more varied.

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