InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington

Picton, New Zealand

From $44.46 USD

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3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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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.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • One way InterIslander ferry trip from Picton to Wellington


  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and beverages

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Picton Sound

Departure Time

11:15 AM

What To Expect

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 opyion does not allow travel with your vehicle.

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • The InterIslander ferry sailing timetable is subject to change, without notice.
  • Cafes and a food court
  • Fast-food takeaway bar
  • Shop for travel needs, souvenirs, magazines and confectionery
  • Movie theater
  • Video games parlor
  • Lounge and tavern bar
  • Observation deck
  • Children's play area and nursery
  • Private work desks
  • Please note, 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 of $15 per item. If you are traveling with dogs, kennels are provided at a cost of $15, 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 Picton 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 Plus Lounge.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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Sandra K
, Feb 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
, Jan 2018

very good

Monica M
, Jan 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
, Apr 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!

, Mar 2017

It was a ferry trip, nothing more, nothing less. However, this return trip the last one of the day was much more comfortable than the morning ferry to Picton. The food selection was better, as well. Because it was dark, there was no scenery to be viewed. The food and comfort level made up for it, however.

james k
, Jun 2016

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

, Dec 2015

Good service.Not a great lot of seating areas.

Craig S
, Jun 2015

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

Dr. Lia M. M
, May 2014

Nice experience

Mrs V White W
, Jan 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.

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