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Cook Strait Ferry - New Zealand


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Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry Service

Cross Cook Strait on a Bluebridge Ferry and enjoy some real Kiwi hospitality.

Bluebridge carries passengers and vehicles between Wellington and Picton several times a day and offer a range of fares to suit your budget.

Onboard you'll find a full café–style menu, premium L'affare coffee and award–winning wines.

And if you can take your eyes off the views, kick back with free recent release movies, free Wi-Fi and free activities for the kids.

The Bluebridge journey takes just over three hours. What are you waiting for? Book your Cook Strait ferry now and come on over!

Our Cook Strait Ferries

Bluebridge currently operates two passenger ships between Wellington and Picton; the Strait Feronia and the Straitsman.

The Italian designed and built Strait Feronia has the ability to take up to 150 cars and 400 passengers. Prior to entering service in New Zealand in 2015 the vessel received a full refurbishment of the public areas to meet our customers' needs. The ship features spacious contemporary lounge areas, café, lounge bar, quiet lounge, movie lounge, family room, information area, extensive decking, viewing deck, toilets and baby change areas, work stations and comfortable private cabins.

The Straitsman was built in 2005 and is the most modern vessel sailing Cook Strait. The ship joined our fleet in 2010 and features a contemporary Scandinavian interior, comfortable private cabins, reclining seating areas, café reception area, family area, viewing lounge, extensive decking, toilets and family change areas.

Services Onboard our Cook Strait Ferries

The comfortable and relaxing lounge areas on both our vessels mean that passengers can watch a free recent release movie or sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. Free Wi-Fi is also available in the passenger areas inside both terminals and on board the ships.

Bluebridge is the best way for foodies and wine lovers to cross Cook Strait. You'll be spoilt for choice with great coffee, freshly baked breads, tempting cakes and a range of kiwi-inspired fare prepared with love by our chefs onboard. So regardless of whether your Cook Strait sailing is at breakfast, lunch or dinner we've got the menu sorted!

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.

The Voyage

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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