• Location: Picton, New Zealand
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 46.02 View price calendar

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Take advantage of InterIslander daily ferry service from Picton to Wellington. Swap New Zealand’s South Island for the North Island, crossing Cook Strait to the capital city. The Picton-to-Wellington ferry departs one way, gliding over the serene waters of Queen Charlotte Sound on a 3-hour cruise that offers stunning views of both islands — the perfect entry to the colonial port city.

What You Can Expect

InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington

Picton to Wellington

Board the InterIslander ferry in the picturesque port town of Picton, and relax during the 3-hour cruise across Cook Strait on what promises to be one of the most scenic ferry journeys. You’ll travel through the tranquil, shimmering waters of Queen Charlotte Sound, nestled amid lush forest in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds.

Leave the South Island behind during daily ferry service to the North Island, where you’ll arrive in port at Wellington Harbour. As New Zealand's capital comes into view, enjoy a unique panorama of the hills surrounding the lively city marked by its Maori and colonial heritage. Disembark in Wellington to enjoy some of New Zealand's finest restaurants, shopping, theater and attractions, including the renowned Te Papa Museum.

Note: The InterIslander ferry does not allow travel with your vehicle.

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Customer Reviews

Sandra K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We had a nice day with great views. Free wifi and available food and drink service. Note: If you have a family, book a cabin when you forst get on board for 30 and you'll have a great experience

Tracy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

very good

Monica M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Loved it. Although this travel is really about mass transportation, the ride through Cook Strait is breathtaking. The ferry is comfortable and very accommodating with all of it’s cafes and such. There is plenty of room and comfortable seating options. 3 relaxing hours with an awesome crew.

Kristen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

The ferry was quite large and there was plenty of seating. There were places to sit at tables to eat, places to sit outside, places you could sit to be more by yourself to sleep or talk. There is a small cafe at the ferry departure station in Picton, as well as on the ferry itself. Return stations for several car rental agencies were right there in the same buildings where you arrive and depart at both Wellington and Picton. You pick up and leave cars in the ferry parking lot. We headed straight to the very front of the ferry and sat in the front row, inside, which for the most part provided good views, although the view was often blocked by those standing outside at the railing. It was easy to go outside and take pictures and come back and sit and relax. The port at Picton was particularly beautiful!

Craig S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

On time, smooth sail, easy embark-disembarking process, comfortable lounge seating, decent food.

Dr. Lia M. M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Nice experience

Mrs V White W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

A wonderful way to travel between the two islands. The weather was really good and the views amazing. We stayed overnight in Picton which was a beautiful place. Thank you for arranging the travel for us at a very reasonable price.

Apostolos P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

The trip was brilliant on the Interislander -as usual. What makes it is the spectacular scenery leaving the sounds and heading to Wellington. The ferry is well equipped, you couldn't ask for anything else!

james k

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

This is a great way to get from one island to the other. Very relaxing and incredible views.


4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

Good service.Not a great lot of seating areas.

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