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InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington

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Picton, New Zealand
InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington

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Take advantage of InterIslander daily ferry service from Picton to Wellington. Swap New Zealand’s South Island for the North Island, crossing Cook Strait to the capital city. The Picton-to-Wellington ferry departs one way, gliding over the serene waters of Queen Charlotte Sound on a 3-hour cruise that offers stunning views of both islands — the perfect entry to the colonial port city.
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One way InterIslander ferry trip from Picton to Wellington
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and beverages
Carrying additional bicycles and sporting gear $15 per item
Kennels for pets are provided at a cost of $15
Picton , Auckland Street, Picton 7281, New Zealand
Wellington , Wellington Ferry Terminal,District of Freedom#8573311~!#, 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Interislander Ferry Terminal, 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington

Board the InterIslander ferry in the picturesque port town of Picton, and relax during the 3-hour cruise across Cook Strait on what promises to be one of the most scenic ferry journeys. You’ll travel through the tranquil, shimmering waters of Queen Charlotte Sound, nestled amid lush forest in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds.

Leave the South Island behind during daily ferry service to the North Island, where you’ll arrive in port at Wellington Harbour. As New Zealand's capital comes into view, enjoy a unique panorama of the hills surrounding the lively city marked by its Maori and colonial heritage. Disembark in Wellington to enjoy some of New Zealand's finest restaurants, shopping, theater and attractions, including the renowned Te Papa Museum.

Note: The InterIslander ferry opyion does not allow travel with your vehicle.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Apart from designated areas, smoking is not permitted inside the ship.
  • The InterIslander fleet has 3 vessels: The Kaitaki (carrying up to 1600 passengers), The Aratere (carrying up to 350 passengers) and the Kaiarahi (carrying up to 550 passengers).
  • From Picton, some InterIslander ferry sailing's connect with the Coastal Pacific train service to Kaikoura and Christchurch.
  • The InterIslander ferry sailing timetable is subject to change, without notice.
  • Cafes and a food court
  • Fast-food takeaway bar
  • Shop for travel needs, souvenirs, magazines and confectionery
  • Movie theater (on select ships)
  • Video games parlor
  • Lounge and tavern bar
  • Observation deck
  • Children's play area and nursery
  • Please note, during off-peak sailing's, some facilities are only open for a limited time
  • Surcharge applies to additional services including extra luggage, large sporting equipment, traveling with pets. The option of carrying additional bicycles and sporting gear (for example, canoes or surfboards), is an additional cost of $15 per item. If you are traveling with dogs, kennels are provided at a cost of $15, ensuring your pet's comfort and safety, and your peace of mind. There are a limited number of kennels available.
  • The luggage allowance is two (2) items of baggage per person. Additional baggage items may be carried, subject to availability and on the payment of an additional charge. Larger baggage, including backpacks, must be checked in at the Picton terminal. Baggage can then be collected from the carousels at the port of arrival. InterIslander will not accept individual baggage items which exceed either 32 kilograms in weight, or 200 linear centimeters (height and length and width) in dimension. For safety reasons, there are no exceptions to the weight restriction. However, the restriction in dimension is relaxed for sporting equipment.
  • Infants aged 1 year and under travel free of charge.
  • Children aged 2 to 14 years inclusive qualify for the child rate.
  • Youths aged 18 years and under are not permitted to travel in Plus Lounge.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Interislander
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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104 Reviews

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Ferry trip Picton - Wellington
, Mar 2020
More rough sea than on the trip to Picton. Very good that lounge seats can be bought on board, so less contact with other people. Baggage belt at Wellington was in tent and full of waiting passengers. Too less distance to other. Very uncomfortable situation.
Enjoyable and memorable
, Mar 2020
Efficient service & very friendly crew made this experience positive & enjoyable. Spectacular scenery, comfortable lounge areas with nice food and drink available. Thank you
Easy as.
, Feb 2020
We had wonderful weather for the crossing. The operation of the boarding and disembarking show many years of practice.
It was really very peaceful and excellent journey with amazing service they provided.
, Nov 2019
It was our first experience in NZ in such a huge ferry. And believe me, it was worth spending time on with such a lovely scenery on route. They have the best team, who provides best service on board. Very peaceful and memorable journey that was. I would love to experience it again in future with my wife and children, and will also recommend this to my other family and friends. Thank you so much.😊👍
We had a nice day with great views...
, Feb 2018
We had a nice day with great views. Free wifi and available food and drink service. Note: If you have a family, book a cabin when you forst get on board for 30 and you'll have a great experience
Loved it. Although this travel is...
Monica M
, Jan 2018
Loved it. Although this travel is really about mass transportation, the ride through Cook Strait is breathtaking. The ferry is comfortable and very accommodating with all of it’s cafes and such. There is plenty of room and comfortable seating options. 3 relaxing hours with an awesome crew.
The ferry was quite large and there...
Kristen S
, Apr 2017
The ferry was quite large and there was plenty of seating. There were places to sit at tables to eat, places to sit outside, places you could sit to be more by yourself to sleep or talk. There is a small cafe at the ferry departure station in Picton, as well as on the ferry itself. Return stations for several car rental agencies were right there in the same buildings where you arrive and depart at both Wellington and Picton. You pick up and leave cars in the ferry parking lot. We headed straight to the very front of the ferry and sat in the front row, inside, which for the most part provided good views, although the view was often blocked by those standing outside at the railing. It was easy to go outside and take pictures and come back and sit and relax. The port at Picton was particularly beautiful!
It was a ferry trip, nothing more...
, Mar 2017
It was a ferry trip, nothing more, nothing less. However, this return trip the last one of the day was much more comfortable than the morning ferry to Picton. The food selection was better, as well. Because it was dark, there was no scenery to be viewed. The food and comfort level made up for it, however.
This is a great way to get from one...
james k
, Jun 2016
This is a great way to get from one island to the other. Very relaxing and incredible views.
On time, smooth sail, easy...
Craig S
, Jun 2015
On time, smooth sail, easy embark-disembarking process, comfortable lounge seating, decent food.

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