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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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What You Can Expect

InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

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

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Customer Reviews

Kelsey C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very accommodating to changes in schedule. I called to see if I could catch the earlier ferry and it was not a problem. Great way to get to the South Island!

Mark L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Beautiful 3 hr ride through the Cooks Strait. Space, timeliness, making reservations, cleanliness, crew, food service- all was great. Thank you

Cornelia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Amazing scenery, friendly staff on board, easy trip, comfortable. Thanks!

Paul C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


Brian,J M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We greatly enjoyed our 3 hour trip on the Inter islander ferry to Picton from W'ton..the ship is quite big with a wide range of food and drink and comfortable seating and we had a calm crossing
We took a Shuttle from the wharf in Picton to the excellent Anglesea Motel only five minutes walk from the main street, where we ate several times at a very good cafe call The Barn: in the main street and had lovely foodbreakfast available too

The Anglesea is an older type motel but recently renovated and we had a bedroomsleeps 3 and this was separate from a good big lounge and in back there was a fully equipped kitchen with stove etc it was only 99 per night and a real jewel...would be great for a family ...who might take 2 adjoining rooms,and the manager/owner was a mine of info re Picton etc
We went on to Christchurch with Kiwirail... on the new Coastal Pacific Express 5 hours which is a splendid train that follows the coast and gives spectacular views.. a .most comfortable train with a very good buffet and great food ...reached CHCH at 6.30 in time for dinner

Brian D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Enjoyed the crossing and will recommend it to family and friends

Darcy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent, all went as planned

Christine F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent trip. Very east process of check in.

R Greenleaf G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Excellent views from the ship, checking in and luggage simple and efficient.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

A bit of a scrum at check in but a fine ship and we were blessed with fine weather. It was very windy but you would not know it if you did not venture on deck. Having cruised many a time this wii
take your breath away for scenic views

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