Cook Strait Ferry Services
Wellington to Picton - North and South Islands
The Interislander's three ferries -
Kairarahi, Aratere and Kaitaki, offer a convenient and regular daily rail,
commercial freight, passenger and car ferry service crossing Cook Strait from
Wellington in the North Island to Picton in the South Island.
The 92 km, three hour journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New
Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences, and one of the most spectacular
cruises in the world.
Your Interislander ferry journey starts from Wellington, with it's picturesque
harbour, crossing Cook Strait before entering the sheltered waters of the
magnificent Marlborough Sounds finishing at Picton located
in a sheltered marine harbour, where you will have time to experience this
charming small town before connecting with various
bus and coach services to other destinations in
the South Island.
There are special combined bus and ferry fare and travel, if traveling to and
from Paihia (Bay of Islands) Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo, Palmerston
North or Wellington to or from Picton, Nelson, Blenheim, Kaikoura or
Interislander ferries offer a range of on board facilities for you to enjoy as
you view of some of New Zealand's most unique scenery. Enjoy a movie, a drink in
the bar and anything from a snack to a three course meal.
A nursery, comfortable passenger areas and lounges with reclining seats with
head rests, plenty of open deck space, children's play area and an
Whether you're in New Zealand at the moment, or planning your trip to New
Zealand from elsewhere in the world, you can reserve your space on an
Interislander ferry now.
Bookings for foot passengers on an Interislander ferry are essential and are usually available up
to six months in advance. Foot passenger space is limited - especially if you are travelling
during school and public holidays, so its recommended that you try to book
All bus and coach services to and from
Picton - depart and arrive at
Interislander's Picton Ferry Terminal and to and from
Wellington - depart
and arrive at Wellington railway station.
There is courtesy transfers between Interislander's Wellington Ferry Terminal
and Wellington Railway Station.
Crossing time is 3 hours 20 minutes for the Kaiarahi, Aratere and Kaitaki
Ferry travel between the North and South Islands are included in the range of
'Book As You Go' flexi bus and ferry passes.
Interislander Ferry - Kaiarahi
Interislander Ferry - Aratere
Interislander Ferry - Kaitaki