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Interislander

1 Aotea Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-498 3302
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US$48.34*
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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton
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US$48.34*
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InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington
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Cruise with Interislander from Wellington to Picton across the Cook Strait and through the stunning Marlborough Sounds in just over three hours on the three largest ferries in New Zealand. Interislander is one of The Great Journeys of New Zealand and our three ships each feature several outdoor viewing decks that allow you to soak up the gorgeous New Zealand scenery as it floats by. They also have plenty of lounges, cafes and bars to choose from, plenty to keep the kids entertained - including children's play areas - and plenty for mum and dad too. Cars, vans, caravans, campervans, motorhomes, motorcycles and coaches - all vehicles are welcome, just drive on, drive off. And for the rental car providers, just drop off your car at the rental depots within our terminals then pick up another at the other end - easy! Interislander has been sailing happy holiday-makers across the Cook Strait for over 50 years, so you know you are in good hands. And with up to 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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“south island” (435 reviews)
“cook strait” (257 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 Aotea Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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+64 4-498 3302
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

On a calm sunny day this is a great way getting to the South Island. A three hour relaxing way of travel. However, more often than not, it is hugely windy and most unpleasant. We were lucky. Worth paying the extra to upgrade to the...More

Thank Danielle B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We paid extra for the premium lounge which was worth it. We had a full cooked breakfast as well as full bar and tea and coffee also later they served sandwiches and scones. From start to finish it was a good experience.More

Thank Russdi
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at Interislander, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Russdi, Thank you for your great review, and we so appreciate the 5 stars! We are so grateful you choose to sail with Interislander! It is lovely to read that you had an awesome experience in the Plus Lounge! It is highly recommended. Best...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took the INterislander from Wellington to Pictor and back same day. Kaitaki on the way there and the other one on the way back. We paid the extra $20 NZD for the ride on the Kaitaki, that gets you a private locked seating area, (They...More

Thank ord737fo
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at Interislander, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Ord737fo, Thank you for this fantastic review, it sounds like you had an awesome experience on both sailings! We always appreciate feedback from our passengers, so thank you for taking the time to review your recent Interislander experiences! The QC Lounge ($20) is a...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We travelled from Wellington to Picton on our way around the NZ. Everything was working perfectly, the ship was in time, beautiful views. The only conn is that there were very few seats outside on the deck and we couldn't sit down.More

Thank sami666
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at Interislander, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Sami666, Thank you for your kind review. I am glad that everything went well, and that you were able to see the stunning views. Unfortunately, we have a few limitations around putting in more outside seating, like the weather, the sea, the wind. Minor...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

Trip from Wellington to Picton was a bit unsteady, lost some power before the Tory Channel but crew were amazing and the boat steadied and sailed calmly into Picton. Return trip was wonderfully smooth.More

1  Thank glyniek
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at Interislander, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Glyniek, I am sorry that you travelled on a day where we couldn't provide our usual level of service. It is lovely hear that our crew were amazing, and I hope it didn't cause too much delay coming into Picton. We are very grateful...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I travelled to Picton on Kaitaki on the 9am sailing and spent the day on the Picton foreshore before heading back to Wellington in the Aratere at 6pm. Kaitaki was a larger vehicle that had lots of activities to occupy those of any age, including...More

Thank Mel O
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at Interislander, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Mel O, What a fantastic review - thank you! Your review is very informative and I am sure other travels are going to find this very helpful! We hope you enjoyed your Interislander experience, we would love to have you travel with again, and...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

There's no shelter or seating at the terminal so I was waiting in 25 degree weather on boiling hot tarmac, staff are rude as hell, and the set up to go on the boat is so bizarre that if the people in front of you...More

Thank Summer R
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at Interislander, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Summer R, I am sorry that you did not enjoy your Interislander experience. I am not sure about a few of your statements. We have plenty of seating available at both of our Terminals. But, you are right, it is important for passengers to...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

I have traveled on Interislander many times and love the experience every time. The views are stunning, during the day, and most times I have traveled the sea has been calm, this adds to the good experience. Onboard staff are great and helpful. I will...More

Thank Palagi
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at Interislander, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Palagi, We have loved having you travel with us! And, we love this review too! We are biased, but we have some of the best views in the World. They are stunning! Rough seas make for a good sailor, and I am sure you...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We were very impressed with the vessel and the interior. Very tidy and comfortable with a variety of different spaces to relax in.

Thank Hath101
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at Interislander, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Hath101, Thank you for this awesome 5 star review! That is incredibly kind of you! I am very glad you are impressed with our vessel, we are very proud of our fleet. Best Wishes, Georgia, Interislander

Reviewed 6 days ago

We loved taking this ferry as the views were way worth it it was stunning! However the ferry is old and dirty and needs to be updated, plus there were not enough seats for everyone even though we spent over $400USD for 4 of us...More

1  Thank Meira E
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at Interislander, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Meira E, I am sorry that we were not able to offer the service that we pride ourselves on. We are very disappointed that our Ship let you down. I will definitely pass this feedback on to our Management Team. Best Wishes, Georgia, Interislander

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Linda S
16 January 2018|
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Response from GreatJourneysofNZ | Property representative |
Hi Linda, All you need is your booking number, it starts with a 3. On a phone or tablet is perfect, and you'll just have to read out that number to one of our check in staff. Environmentally friendly is the way to go! Best... More
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Phil B
13 January 2018|
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Hi Phil, A school backpack sized bag is fine to be taken onboard. A bag the size of a backpackers pack is too large, and will need to be checked in. Like Elizabeth said earlier, very similar to airline requirements. Best... More
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Vaibhav K
3 December 2017|
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Response from Oleh C | Reviewed this property |
Sorry can’t help as I don’t know where the railway station is in comparison to the interislander. The ferry is at one of the harbour so yo may need a cab. Sorry can’t help further
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