Experience a taste of warm ‘kiwi’
hospitality when you cruise Cook Strait with the proudly New Zealand owned
Bluebridge ferry service.
in January 2003, the Bluebridge service - operated by Strait Shipping, is a
passenger, car and freight ferry service crossing Cook Strait - a stretch of
water that separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand, from Wellington
in the North Island and Picton in the South Island
The Bluebridge ferry service operates two 186 metre 'Roll On/Roll Off' ships
each with two vehicle decks for 150 vehicles, 2 passenger decks for 400
passengers, using computerized navigation and ship stability equipment, to make
crossing Cook Strait a safe and enjoyable experience.
onboard services provide our passengers with a taste of warm and friendly 'Kiwi'
Each ferry has comfortable and relaxing spacious passenger lounges, a movie
lounge, a lounge bar, a quite lounge, family rooms, work stations for you to
unpack your laptop and catch up on some business while en-route and a cafe, so
you can relax and enjoy your journey.
The lounge bar provides a comfortable setting to
enjoy a glass of fragrant New Zealand wine - or one of the many choices of Kiwi
beers on offer.
cafes offer a choice of hearty plated meals, hot chips and pies or fresh
sandwiches and baking - at reasonable prices.
Outdoor areas allow for a bit of fresh air and an up
close look at some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery.
Crossing time for Bluebridge ferries between
Wellington and Picton or Picton to Wellington is 3 hours 20 minutes.
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.
The Strait Feronia