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Cook Strait Ferry, Wellington, Picton, New Zealand


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0800 802 802


+64 4 498 3302


Auckland Street
Picton or Aotea Quay
New Zealand

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Don't just cross the Strait. Cruise it.

Interislander Cook Strait ferry between Wellington and Picton offers a wide choice of sailings and is the only Cook Strait ferry service with both a Qualmark Visitor Activity endorsement and Enviro Award.

The Interislander ferry travels the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and is one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. The 92-kilometre ferry trip between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences.

Interislander – where the journey becomes a destination.

Our Cook Strait Ferry Service

Our Cook Strait Ferry Service operates three ships, carrying both passengers and their vehicles: Arahura, Aratere, and Kaitaki.

Each ship also provides a complete range of onboard services, to ensure that your ferry trip across the Cook Strait will be both enjoyable and unforgettable.

All of our ship also offer the freedom and ease of exploring New Zealand
by road. Taking a vehicle on an Interislander ferry is as simple as parking – simply drive on and drive off. Offering up to 11 sailings a day, Interislander ferry passengers also have the convenience of a wide choice of travel times.

The Voyage on our Ferry Between Wellington and Picton

Wine Spectator calls it "one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world", and we believe that you will agree wholeheartedly.

The 92-kilometre, three-hour Cook Strait ferry journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences, and one of the most spectacular scenic cruises in the world.

Your ferry trip across the Cook Strait will be both enjoyable and unforgettable.

Facilities and Features of Interislander Cook Strait Ferries

  • Onboard Wi-Fi
  • TV lounge
  • Movie theatre
  • Observation decks
  • Video games
  • Live bands
  • Food court
  • Family lounge with pre-school play area
  • Kid's play areas
  • Nurseries

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About Wellington

The Interislander in Wellington

Wellington City is compact and interesting, nestled between a dramatic harbour and bush clad hills. Great views can be found at the top of Mount Victoria, or by catching the cable car up to the Botanic Gardens.

Downtown Wellington is ideally explored on foot. Made up of four quarters each with their own distinct mix of shopping, cafes, transport, accommodation, Wellington's intense urban experience is unrivalled in the country.

The central city area of Wellington is the place to see performing arts, particularly ballet, theatre and musical performances. Local cuisine is sophisticated and inventive—an abundance of excellent cafes and restaurants are within walking distance of all the major hotels.

About Picton and the Marlborough Sounds

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Picton is Marlborough's main commercial port and access to Queen Charlotte Sound in the Marlborough Sounds.

Reaching out into the Pacific Ocean like the fingers of a welcoming hand, the Marlborough Sounds area is made up of three main bodies of water—the Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds. This collection of drowned river valleys is a natural wonder unparalleled in New Zealand.

Bordered by forested hills rising almost vertically from the water's edge, the Marlborough Sounds is a true scenic highlight and is easily explored from either Picton or Havelock. Sail, paddle, kayak or motor through this picturesque maritime area. Fine restaurants and accommodation lodges are scattered throughout to make your stay a comfortable one.

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