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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.

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InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington

InterIslander Ferry - 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

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.

Rajanikanth A Australia

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

It is a good experience for those who haven't done any big ferry trips.

Charles W USA

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

The ferry trip was part of our own personal tour of the two New Zealand islands and was very enjoyable. Scenery was great, the accommodations were excellent, and the service by the employees was cheerful and helpful. Overall, a very good experience.

Juantorena C

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2011

Although it's not the company's fault, the water was extremly rough during the trip and myself as well as others got sea sick.

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