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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton provided by TranzAlpine Train

InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

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RM 187.31
2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 26/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
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Updated 26/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
  • 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
Important Information
Departure Point
Wellington Ferry Terminal,District of Freedom#8573311~!#, 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
3h 30m
Return Details
Auckland Street, Picton 7281, New Zealand
  • One way InterIslander ferry trip from Wellington to Picton
  • 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
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveller rating
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Popular mentions
Brittany wrote a review 13 Oct
Sevierville, Tennessee122 contributions1 helpful vote
I am so happy we chose to ride the ferry instead of flying! When we were planning our trip I had debated between the ferry and flying (it's quicker) but thankfully I had read reviews that said the ferry was worth it. They were right! We had a rental car and it was really
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Date of experience: February 2020
Charlie1376 wrote a review Mar 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom72 contributions46 helpful votes
Beautiful trip on the ferry from Wellington to Picton. The scenery was amazing. The boat was very busy and there weren’t enough seats for everyone so that why we didn’t give a 5.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Peter W wrote a review Mar 2020
18 contributions18 helpful votes
Crossed as a foot passenger recently as we ad a hired car booked in Picton. Boarding / Disembarking was well organised. Comfortable lounges. Weather was fair with minimal swell and great views entering Marlbourgh Sound. Price was quite reasonable.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Sunny_JLa wrote a review Mar 2020
Harringay, United Kingdom155 contributions47 helpful votes
Great 3-hour boat journey, amazing views. Get there early to secure seats by the windows if you want to stay inside. If the weather permits, try to go on the outdoor viewing platforms at the top of the boat. The scenery is really spectacular as you get close to the South Island
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Date of experience: March 2020
Shelly M wrote a review Mar 2020
Kawerau, New Zealand27 contributions1 helpful vote
Our caravan is 8.5 metres long plus the Ute length, but we had no hassles, we just handed our paperwork to the lady in the booth who then handed us a ticket stubb, we waited in line to board handed our ticket stubb to the boarding guy, we were directed to where we needed to
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Date of experience: March 2020
About the operator

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By: TranzAlpine Train
Absolutely amazing trip
We booked this train trip back in March for a Thursday in October when covid first hit. We then got told a bit late
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Sivasankar S
Trip to Picton
The experience was a pleasant one. it was comfortable and the breeze brought tranquillity. Great for mind and spiri
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Awesome trip
We originally booked this train to travel in Autumn but then COVID-19 lockdown cancelled our journey. It was rebook
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Emma B
Great experience
We got the train in both directions. Was impressed with the staff - check in, boarding and on the train. They waved
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Excellent experience beautiful scenery.
We did the Tranzalpine trip Sunday 27th September Greymouth to Christchurch and returned on Tuesday 29th Christchur
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Expensive but efficient NZ island crossing by boat
Getting on board took ages as we were parked in a featureless car park with little or no facilities for over an hou
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bill e
Outstanding trip both ways. Well looked after on board. Food good. Large train lots of families. Prices attractive.
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A must do trip
This trip had been on our list for along time and now we have done it we would say it’s a must do trip. You need to
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Anirudh L
Endless Vistas
Sit back and enjoy the endlessly scenic route. Let me correct that - You wont be able to sit back.. the beautiful l
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Day trip
Beautiful even on a wet day. Last couple of hours were in darkness so would recommend doing in any other season tha
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A wonderful trip on the TranzAlpine
What a fabulous trip from Greymouth to Christchurch returning the next day. Amazing scenery from the Grey Valley in
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The views are great, take your camera
It's an enjoyable journey with lots to see. I would take a book for the return journey if coming back late in the d
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Diane B
Tranzrail coast to coast via Arthurs Pass day trip
We had been planning to do this trip with friends for some time and finally managed to co-ordinate dates to suit as
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Great day trip
Did this trip 25 July 2020 great trip, highly reccomend, been on my wish list long time, Rodger, napier
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"Great scenery...frustrating delays"
Great scenery of course. Comfy seats, good range of tasty snacks / drinks, and the ride is amazingly quiet. The d
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  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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