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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton provided by Interislander

InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton
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Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 26 Jul 2020
A note from InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton
The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and staff is always a top priority. Aligning with expert advice, we have increased the focus on hygiene aboard our ferries. Our ships are cleaned during and after every sailing with disinfectant with a focus on high touch points.
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
About
Travel comfortably from Wellington to Picton with a one-way passenger ticket aboard the Interislander ferry. Select your departure time at booking and ensure your journey across Cook Strait, which links New Zealand's North and South Islands. Ferry services depart daily from Wellington Harbour and cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound before disembarking at charming Picton.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
One-way passenger-only ticket from Wellington to Picton
InterIslander offers daily ferry services
Cruise across Cook Strait in 3.5 hours
Dolphins, seals, and whales inhabit the scenic waterways
What to expect
Ride the InterIslander ferry from Wellington to Picton, cruising from the North Island to the South Island via Cook Strait. Depart the vibrant harbor city of Wellington for the shores of quaint Picton, nestled in Queen Charlotte Sound at the heart of the Marlborough Sounds.  Experience the dramatic beauty of the region steeped in forest-clad hills, and view both islands from the ferry deck. Snap photos of the Kaikoura Ranges and search the sparkling waters for marine life such as seabirds, dolphins, seals, whales and orcas. Upon reaching Picton, disembark at this South Island hub, gateway to the Marlborough region. Note: This InterIslander ferry option does not allow travel with your vehicle.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3308FERRYW
Call 800-130-2207
Important information
Inclusions
One way InterIslander ferry trip from Wellington to Picton
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Food and drinks • Kennels are provided for traveling with dogs at a cost of $15 • Carrying additional bicycles and sporting gear cost of $15 per item
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
Wellington Ferry Terminal,District of Freedom#8573311~!#, 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand Interislander Ferry Terminal - 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington
Auckland Street, Picton 7281, New Zealand
Inclusions
One way InterIslander ferry trip from Wellington to Picton
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Food and drinks • Kennels are provided for traveling with dogs at a cost of $15 • Carrying additional bicycles and sporting gear cost of $15 per item
Departure details
Wellington Ferry Terminal,District of Freedom#8573311~!#, 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand Interislander Ferry Terminal - 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington
Auckland Street, Picton 7281, New Zealand
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
Auckland Street, Picton 7281, New Zealand
Additional information
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.
Check in at the terminal at least 45 minutes prior to departure time
Cafes and a food court
Fast-food takeaway bar
Shop for travel needs, souvenirs, magazines and confectionery
Movie theater (on selected ships)
Video games parlor
Lounge and tavern bar
Observation deck
Children's play area and nursery
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 per item. If you are traveling with dogs, kennels are provided at an extra cost, 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 Wellington 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 the Plus Lounge.
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
140 reviews
Excellent
83
Very good
32
Average
12
Poor
6
Terrible
7

JB007
Palm Cove, Australia415 contributions
poor
Jul 2021
Garbage service. I drove from Auckland to Wellington leaving plenty of time for arrival into Wellington. Unfortunately, there were many roadworks on the journey down, delaying my arrival. I missed the departure by 30 minutes. Spoke to the girl at the counter and explained my predicament..not interested. "Book another ticket". No compassion at all. I booked another ticket alright, on Bluebridge. Steer clear of Interislander..their staff couldn't care less, have no compassion.
Written 14 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are sorry to hear you missed your departure. Unfortunately, we do have final check in times which are stated on your ticket as an hour before departure to ensure all passengers are ready for loading and departures so we remain on time. We have a free 0800 number to call when you are not going to make your sailing so we can put you a new sailing you can make. We have very caring and friendly staff who do a brilliant job at looking after our passengers. We hope you made it to your destination safely. Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 14 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Deba B
1 contribution
Hit and miss
Jul 2021 • Family
Beautiful scenery, dated ferries with dated infrastructure. The staff onboard as well at the terminals were very pleasant and courteous. Unfortunately you can’t make up for old technology and facilities with good service.
Written 6 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kirsten_GJNZ
Kia Ora Deba B, Thank you for your feedback on your recent Interislander sailing, we really appreciate it! We definitely sail through some stunning scenery and we are happy to hear you found our crew nice to deal with – I will pass your comments onto them. We operate 3 ships all of which are different, some are newer than others. I can’t tell which one you were sailing on, however we will be getting brand new ships in 2025 which we are all very excited for. All the best, Kirsten | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 11 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ezra710
Christchurch, New Zealand1,363 contributions
Late departure
While we were kept reasonably informed re delays in departure the fact that this was so much a moving target didn't impress.
The cafeteria [under L2 conditions admittedly] was a joke - poorly organised, expensive and uncoordinated. Boarding crew [vehicles] were on top of their game, but need better use of texts, etc, to update waiting passengers.
Written 26 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora Ezra, Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. We are glad you felt well communicated with during recent delays. We are sorry to hear you felt things were unorganised, however, we implement all recommendations from the Ministry of Health and Transport onboard our vessels and take Covid-19 very seriously. We appreciate all your feedback and hope you will join us onboard again in the future. Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 5 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

roscoe39
new zealand152 contributions
Great value for money
Jun 2021
Was booked on the 5pm Wellington to Picton Sailing which was delayed by a couple of hours. Staff at the main gate informed me on arrival and I discovered an email advising me of same, it was a pity to miss the sailing during daylight sailing but was still a pleasant trip.

I had a 7.4m long Motorhome, the staff and crew were very helpful and there was plenty of room to manoeuvre it into position.

I paid the extra $35 and had access to the "Plus Lounge" which included an open bar, dinner and snacks and some very comfortable seating. I would book the extra next time, I had a look at the Bedrooms which were available for $40 that included a couple of beds, a bathroom and a desk and they looked good value if you had been driving and needed the sleep.

Excellent service, the ship was clean and well run. Great trip.

A mask wasn't mandatory but was recommended.
Written 25 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora, Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. We are sorry to hear your sailing was delayed and you missed the communications about this. We agree upgrading to the plus lounge, there really is no better way to travel across the Cook Strait. Enjoy some all-inclusive drinks and food whilst you sit back and relax! Our cabins on Kaitaki are also a great option if you need a rest or a private space. Thanks again for travelling with Interislander and we hope to see you again one day! Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 5 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

gtlegacy2015
Wellington, New Zealand206 contributions
Smooth Sailing
May 2021
Kept fully informed of updates and reminders re departure times.

Well marshalled at terminal.

Comfortable seating.

Very smooth crossing.
Written 23 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora, Thank you for your review! It is so great to hear you were impressed with our communications and had a great sailing with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 5 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bev E
New Zealand80 contributions
Awesome service
Jun 2021
Excellent service. Dropped van to go “unaccompanied” staff were awesome. Able to leave in commercial area in morning for 5 pm sailing. Their service was so easy.
Written 22 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora Bev, Thank you for your amazing feedback! We are incredibly pleased to hear you had such a seamless and easy experience when dropping of your vehicle to travel unaccompanied. This service we offer is great for people needing to transport their vehicles without travelling. Thank you again for choosing Interislander to do this for you. Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 5 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

julesten2016
Melbourne, Australia2,220 contributions
Fabulous Ferry
May 2021
Booked with excitement and in trepidation. We sailed from Wellington to Picton and return with our car. The process of boarding was very organized and professional as well as friendly.
On the first leg we selected a table by the window and settled in for the 3 .5 hr sail. This would have to be one of the most beautiful ferry journeys with 92kms of breath taking views.
We strolled onto the viewing decks as we cruised through the Tory channel in the Marlborough sounds.
On the return journey we upgraded to the private plus lounge for $55pp. which was money well spent. We sailed on the Aratere for the return journey which we thought was the better of the two ferries we sailed.
We started with a cheese platter, then a high tea followed by a buffet lunch. Then to finish off sweets were offer before a departing macaron while sipping on a sparkling wine or two.
Both ferries were spotlessly clean, the staff again were helpful, friendly and polite and the voyage was fun. We had smooth crossings on both passing's and the weather was perfect.
A special mention to both Ariane & Rebecca in the Aratere Plus lounge who are both an asset to the Interislander company,
Written 15 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kirsten_GJNZ
Kia Ora julesten2016, Thank you so much for this wonderful review of your recent sailing. We are so pleased to hear that you had a great trip with us. Upgrading to the plus lounge is definitely a great way to travel across the Cook Strait and is great value for money! We are so lucky to have some of the best people looking after our customers and our team will be very grateful to hear your lovely comments about our staff. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels and we hope to see you again one day soon. Best wishes, Kirsten | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 15 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Karl
1 contribution
Simple Communications.
Jun 2021 • Couples
We were scheduled to depart at 9am. At 7am we received an email to advise of a 30-40 min delay. At check in at 8.15 we were advised of a short delay. The departure board had the revised departure time of 9.30. At 9.45 I asked a staff member in the terminal lounge if there could be an update made over the intercom. This was not done but we were advised we could board. There was no announcement made until 11.20 when the captain advised of our impending departure and a quick explanation of the delay. We were in no rush, but the real letdown from the interisland brand was the lack of communication to the customers between check in at 8:15 until the captains announcement. We even spoke to a staff member at reception on boarding the vessel and she said she had no more information than we did. There is no real excuse for not doing the basics in customer service. My suggestion is look at how the Japanese run a quality service. Just inform people to allow them to readjust their plans.
Written 9 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kirsten_GJNZ
Kia Ora Karl, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. Firstly, we do apologise for the delay to your sailing and are sorry to hear that you thought there wasn’t enough communication from us. I will be looking into this and sharing your feedback with our team so they can see what we could do better next time this happens. Once again, we do apologise for the experience that you had, and we hope once you did depart the experience was a positive one. Best wishes, Kirsten | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 10 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sambath I
2 contributions
it beautiful
Jul 2020 • Family
seeing the sea n people n views n seeking family n friends I love the ferry n fast n fun n enjoy every moment
Written 17 May 2021
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Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora Sam! Thanks for your lovely review! We are so pleased to hear you loved all things about your Interislander ferry trip. It really is such a fun way to travel! We hope to welcome you back soon! Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 23 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

VJ
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand1 contribution
Great Journey - New Zealand Holidays 2021
May 2021 • Friends
Great trip. Was my first tone to travel with Inter-islander and I enjoyed my journey. Will do it again. Thanks
Written 11 May 2021
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Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora! Thank you for your lovely review! So great to hear you had a wonderful first trip travelling with us! Such a beautiful way to travel and enjoy the Cook Strait. We look forward to welcoming you back again! Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 13 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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flyingeagle2223
flyingeagle2223
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Nice little spot
nice spot to wait for the ferry although does seem a little small and in an odd spot when you first see it, but sin
JayJay10105
JayJay10105
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Great Kiwi experiance
Fabulous crossing. Great crew, great ship. Very professional service all round. Took vehicle on board, everything w
morgsxelizabeth
morgsxelizabeth
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So disappointed
We just did a trip to the South Island and we’ve just returned using this big ship as my source of transport. Now l
gtlegacy2015
gtlegacy2015
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Cruise crossing
Despite the sailing being delayed, the crossing was very smooth, complete with dolphins in the sounds. Good commun
Bellahei
Bellahei
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Good food and amazing staff totally had a smooth ride
Good food amazing staff I enjoyed the smooth ride thank yous so much for an easy journey and getting my car across
Sally W
Sally W
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A great trip
It was pretty rough in Cook Strait - something that happens sometimes. I was fine and the staff were great with the
Angewills
Angewills
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Poor facilities
Disappointed with having paid for a cabin to be asked to vacate it an hour before arriving in Wellington - suggest
Pinocity
Pinocity
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Late day after day
Interislander used to be punctual. Now.......?!?? What’s up with arriving - departing late day after day? Aratere
LouiseM941
LouiseM941
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***** 5 Stars
We met a very helpful positive customer service man. We were so impressed by him we took note of his name, Andy She
PatrickAhn1224
PatrickAhn1224
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Making new shop
Business to Queenstown for making new shop 3 weeks. Interislander gave to me good times and experience
notenoosuwan
notenoosuwan
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Nice experience!
Very comfortable, free wifi and power on board! No need to prepare food, there is many cafes and shops. The bathroo
JenniferH1104
JenniferH1104
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Bad
My family and I used to rely on them for traveling between islands but no longer. Always late and not by a few minu
Declan O
Declan O
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Disgusting toilets
The men's toilets near the food outlet were revolting and filthy. Despite a cleaning schedule in the wall they coul
Elizabeth V
Elizabeth V
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Great experience all round
It had been some time since we had last travelled on the Interislander. So when we took return trips around the Eas
MarieAnnNZ
MarieAnnNZ
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GREAT SAILING
Just mainly the comfort. The whole experience on the interislander was just perfect. So many comfortable seats to
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