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Cook Strait Ferry - New Zealand


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NZ Freephone:

0800 844 844


+64 4 471 6188


PO Box 1144
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

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Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry Service

Come on over Cook Strait with the New Zealand owned Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry.

We sail between state-of-the-art terminals in the heart of Wellington and Picton up to four times a day, and more during peak season. Our Cook Strait ferries include a café and kiosk that offers light meals and snacks. There's also free WiFi, free movies, free piratical activities and play areas for the kids.

Comfortable lounge and bar areas teamed with 'Kiwi' hospitality allow passengers to sit back and enjoy the Cook Strait ferry journey in comfort - Bluebridge goes the extra nautical mile when it comes to service.

Our Cook Strait Ferries

Bluebridge currently operates two passenger ships between Wellington and Picton; the MV Santa Regina and the Straitsman.

The MV Santa Regina arrived in Wellington from France on 26 December 2002 and made her inaugural voyage, launching the Bluebridge service, in early 2003.

The Straitsman joined us in 2010 and is the most modern vessel currently sailing across the Cook Strait.

Services Onboard our Cook Strait Ferries

The services onboard our Cook Strait ferries provide our passengers with a taste of warm and friendly 'Kiwi' hospitality.

The comfortable and relaxing lounge areas of our Cook Strait ferries mean that passengers can watch a free big screen movie or sit back, relax and enjoy the journey. Free WiFi is also available in the passenger areas inside terminals and on board our ships.

The lounge bar provides a comfortable setting to enjoy a glass of fragrant New Zealand wine - or one of the many choices of Kiwi beers on offer.

Our kiosks stock all the essentials for Cook Strait travel - snacks, magazines, games and postcards. The kiosk is also where you can buy a great Wellington roasted coffee - long black, latte, flat white? You choose.

The cafés onboard our Cook Strait ferries offer a choice of hearty plated meals, hot chips and pies, or fresh sandwiches and baking - all at reasonable prices.

You can pay for any onboard purchases using eftpos or cash (New Zealand dollars only).

The outdoor areas of our Cook Strait ferries allow for a bit of fresh air and an up close look at some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery - at both ends of the journey.

Work stations provide space for you to unpack your laptop and catch up on some business while en-route. You can even use the pay phone to call friends and family - providing the ship is in a coverage area.

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The Voyage

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The journey from New Zealand's North to South Island (or vice versa) takes you through what is undoubtedly some of the world's most stunning scenery.

From the dynamic, hilly cityscape of Wellington Harbour out through the rugged rocks and steep cliffs above the Wellington Heads - this is a trip made up of spectacular contrasts.

On a clear day you can see the outline of the South Island as you depart Wellington. And as you sail the short stretch of open water between Wellington Heads and Tory Channel, it pays to look out for dolphins, whales and other wildlife that often keep our ferries company.

Tory Channel and the trip through the Marlborough Sounds is breathtaking from every angle. Rolling hills, lushly covered with native New Zealand bush to the waters edge are dotted with the occasional remote holiday home (known in the South Island as a crib), with water access only.

As you cruise Queen Charlotte Sound towards Picton at its head, you'll experience an area famous for its beautiful beaches, bush walks and great climate.

From check-in staff through to onboard hospitality, the Bluebridge Cook Strait ferry staff know a thing or two about a great Kiwi welcome - for the Bluebridge team, it's all about making your journey a truly memorable one.

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