Cook Strait Ferries
Wellington to Picton Ferry Service
North & South Islands
The Interislander's three ferries -
Arahura, Aratere and Kaitaki, offer a convenient and regular daily rail,
commercial freight and, passenger ferry service crossing Cook Strait from
Wellington in the North Island to Picton in the South Island.
The 92 km, three hour journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New
Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences, and one of the most spectacular
cruises in the world.
Your Interislander ferry journey starts from Wellington, with it's picturesque
harbour, crossing Cook Strait -
a 30 kilometre stretch of water
separating the North and South Islands before entering the sheltered waters of the
magnificent Marlborough Sounds finishing at Picton, located in a sheltered
marine harbour, where you will have time to experience this charming small town
before connecting with your
train service to other South Island
Interislander ferries offer a range of on board facilities for you to enjoy as
you view of some of New Zealand's most unique scenery. Enjoy a movie, a drink in
the bar and anything from a snack to a three course meal.
A nursery, comfortable passenger areas and lounges with reclining seats and
foot/head rests, plenty of open deck space, children's play area and an
Whether you're in New Zealand at the moment or planning your trip to New
Zealand from elsewhere in the world, you can reserve your space on an
Interislander ferry now.
Bookings on an Interislander ferry are essential, and are usually available up
to six months in advance. Foot passenger space is limited - especially if you are travelling
during school and public holidays, so its recommended that you try to book
Crossing time is 3 hours for the Arahura, Aratere and 3.10 hours for the Kaitaki.
There is transfers between Interislander's Wellington Ferry Terminal and
Wellington Railway Station.
bus and coach services to and from Picton depart and arrive at Interislander's Picton Ferry Terminal and to
and from Wellington depart and
arrive at Wellington Railway Station.
Major rental car operators like Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar or Thrifty will
not allow their rental cars to travel between the North and South Islands on any
Cook Strait ferry service.
You will have to drop off at Wellington and
pick up a new car at Picton if travelling north to south or drop off at Picton
and pick up in Wellington if travelling south to north.
Interislander Ferry - Kairarahi
Interislander Ferry - Aratere
Interislander Ferry - Kaitaki