The Interislander's three ferries - Kaiarahi, Aratere and Kaitaki, offer a
convenient and regular daily rail, commercial freight, passenger and car ferry
service crossing Cook Strait from
Wellington in the North Island to
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 sailing starts from Wellington, which has one of the
most picturesque harbours in the world, crossing the Cook Strait waters before
entering the magnificent Marlborough Sounds - a collection of sea-drowned
sparsely populated, steep wooded hill valleys with small quiet bays, being a
natural scenic wonder, to Picton, located
in a sheltered marine harbour where you will have time to experience this
charming small town before connecting with various bus services to other destinations in the
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 with
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, so its recommended that you try to book as early as you can.
Connecting bus/coach services are available to
and from Picton Interislander Ferry Terminal for
South Island destinations and to and from Wellington for
Bay of Islands (Paihia)
other North Island destinations.
Shuttle bus transfers between Interislander's Wellington Ferry
Terminal and Wellington Railway Station (Platform 9) are available for each
Cruising time is 3 hours 20 minutes on the Kaiarahi, Aratere and Kaitaki.
Interislander Ferry - Kaiarahi
Interislander Ferry - Aratere
Interislander Ferry - Kaitaki