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Three relaxing hours through Cook Strait to the lovely township of Picton (South Island). Totally worth it!
Very relaxing way to cross the channel to the north or south island. Highly recommended!
It was so amazing to take this ferry from Wellington to Picton. Navigating the Cook Straights, even in this large of a ship on what was called a calm day, shows just why the sailors of the 18th Century were true adventurers. The ride was so comfortable, and the views were amazing, but make sure you hold on to your hat. If you go outside, the wind even on a calm day is pretty stiff. The staff we met were all very friendly, food was great, and the whole experience was one of the highlights of our trip. Entering into Picton Queen Charlotte Sound was simply breathtaking. Never seen anything so beautiful anywhere else on earth!
beautiful scenery. I hardly sat down for the 3 hours of the trip because I was taking pictures and just in awe. Smooth easy ferry ride. No complaints.
This was a very good trip for a first timer.The reception area in Wellington was quite good and checking baggage was easy. Boarding was smooth and easy. We did not know the lay out of the ship with how seating was laid out, since there is no assigned seats And it is good that there is no assigned seats.. But know that the best seats for many were in the bar in front of ship with a view out front and TVs on sides with your favorite sports on them. It was good that it was not crowded in other areas so it allowed moving around and even laying down across several seats in center. Signs were fairly clear about which doors to use for moving up to the outside viewing decks. There were no too many signs warning one to be careful about obvious things for which to be careful. Food services were surprisingly good and reasonably priced. Staff were quite friendly, but always could smile a bit more. It was a cloudy, rainy day but the ride was very smooth.
Relaxing trip, reclining seats with a view. Snack bar available. The scenes from the front windows were magnificent.
This was a great way to get from one island to the other. The day we travelled we were lucky as the sea was very calm. The whole experience was first class from check in to the collection of our luggage.
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!
Beautiful 3 hr ride through the Cooks Strait. Space, timeliness, making reservations, cleanliness, crew, food service- all was great. Thank you
Amazing scenery, friendly staff on board, easy trip, comfortable. Thanks!
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
Excellent views from the ship, checking in and luggage simple and efficient.
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
EASY check-in (especially appreciated by 2 foreigners traveling in NZ for the first time), spectacular views, on time, easy disembarkment at Picton with luggage ready for pick-up. We'd recommend it to anyone.
Fantastic service and trip, really enjoyable even though the weather was not too good. The staff were extremely helpful and pleasant.
Good trip...tour made the traveling easy with no worrying about tickets or seats. Highly recommend Viator!
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.
It was a wonderful experience and I can't fault anything, and if the opportunity ever comes my way again I would love to repeat this trip. We'll polished and efficient. Alida Prinsloo South Africa
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