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Interislander Cook Strait Ferry

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Address: Aotea Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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+64 4-498 2110
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Find out why 36 million New Zealanders can't be wrong. Okay, so there's a...

Find out why 36 million New Zealanders can't be wrong. Okay, so there's a few tourists in there too. But that's how many passengers Interislander has carried over the Cook Strait since our first sailing in 1962.

Cruise from Wellington to Picton in the stunning Marlborough Sounds in just over three hours on the three largest Cook Strait ferries in New Zealand.

Extensive viewing decks, luxurious premium lounges and choice of cafes and bars. Plenty to keep the kids entertained - and plenty for mum and dad too.

Cars, motorhomes, coaches- all vehicles are welcome, just drive on, drive off. And for the rental car providers that can't cross, just drop off your car at the rental depots based at the terminals then walk onboard - easy!

Interislander's been doing this for over 50 years, so you know you are in good hands. And with eleven sailings per day, our timetable is bound to fit yours.

Don't just cross the Strait, cruise it with Interislander and make your perfect holiday, perfect from the very start.

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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton
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InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington

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A pleasant way to travel

We got at the Wellington terminal early and that was important as the signage to the port is poor. It just says "Islander" and is easy to miss. Disaster if you do! The trip across... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An amazing look at some of the stunning nature New Zealand has to offer. Definitely a most do if you our visiting both the north and south island.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Be aware that there are 3 different ships on this service that links Wellington (North Island ) and Picton (South Island). The bigger ship on the morning sailing was crowded and had seating (not very comfortable) round the café area with no windows and only restricted seating in the viewing area at the back of the ship. It took a... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In March my wife and I crossed Cook Strait on Interislander. Car rental agency did not allow our car to go from north to south island. Check in at Wellington terminal was easy, as was pick up new car at Picton. A very relaxing 3 1/2 hour trip.

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We got at the Wellington terminal early and that was important as the signage to the port is poor. It just says "Islander" and is easy to miss. Disaster if you do! The trip across the straight was very enjoyable. There are lots of lounges to choose from including recliner lounges. The views approaching Picton are spectacular and you can... More 

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München, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a save sailing trip from Picton to Wellington. Almost new ferry. We liked the fresh baked scons with cream and jam!

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Thank R, R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Interislander Ferry is a good way to cross over from another Islands to South Islands. Specially good for car drivers, is well marked and hired car return facilities are ok. In case you are taking an early morning ferry service don't worry about having breakfast at your hotel. The ferry has a good selection of paid breakfast items.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the link between both main islands of NZ. Not a dreary three-hour drag but an exhilirating scenic tour through scenic stuff, and coming into Wellington or Picton is always a thrill.Comfort is the name of the game, relax!

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Although we missed our 9 am booked crossing, due to dreadful unforeseen traffic problems on Monday 20 March, the staff were very helpful and managed to fit us on to the afternoon crossing even though that was very full. The boat was clean and well maintained and the voyage extremely scenic. It was a beautiful afternoon so we were able... More 

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Sucina, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went from Picton to Wellington. Cafe at the ferry port was pretty good with an OK range of breakfast items to get us off to a good start. The ferry itself was not busy and thankfully the water was calm. Good facilities on board but we did notmeat in themrestaurant. Ferry was on time. Fantastic scenery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Okay, so there aren't a lot of choices for ferrying between the North and South islands. It's nice, though, that the ferry is so well operated and efficient. You have a broad range of seating options - from open seating, to more plush private lounges and staterooms. There is even a great choice of food options on board (three cafes).... More 

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