InterIslander offers daily ferry services across Cook Strait linking New Zealand's North and South Islands. Cruise across in 3-hours whilst traveling in comfort and style as you savor one of the world's most scenic ferry journeys.The InterIslander is an experience not be missed.
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What You Can Expect
An edition of the US magazine Wine Spectator, described the InterIslander trip as 'one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world' and the scenery was described as 'jaw droppingly stunning!.
At one end is the beautiful harbor of New Zealand's capital city Wellington (North Island). The cruise across Wellington Harbor offers a unique view of this exciting city. Nestled between surrounding hills and the glistening harbor; Wellington is a vibrant city which has retained the charm of its early colonial heritage. Wellington is alive with some of New Zealand's finest restaurants, shopping and theatre - including the spectacular Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.
Out of Wellington is the journey across Cook Strait which itself has a dramatic beauty all of its own. Both islands can be viewed, including the magnificent Kaikoura Ranges and there is often the chance to see wildlife such as seabirds, dolphins, seals, whales and orca.
Picton; at the other end of the crossing is reached after cruising through the picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds. The sparkling clear waters and lush forests of the Sounds is a breathtaking introduction to the South Island.
Note: This InterIslander option does not allow travel with your vehicle.
The ferry itself was absolutely stunning. We got lucky and the weather was great, so the water was very calm. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much they had to do on the ferry. They showed a movie, had a bar, coffee house, etc. We ended up sitting in the lookout spot for most of the trip though since the weather was so nice, so we were really able to enjoy the stunning views. Would highly recommend!
We were very lucky with the weather, clam sea and clear blue sky.
The booking-in, boarding process worked well and the staff were helpful and friendly.
The entrance into the south island via Queen Charlotte Sound offers stunning views and weather permitting a seat outside on the upper deck is a must.