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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

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    What to Expect
    Ride the InterIslander ferry from Wellington to Picton, cruising from the North Island to the South Island via Cook Strait. Depart the vibrant harbor city of Wellington for the shores of quaint Picton, nestled in Queen Charlotte Sound at the heart of the Marlborough Sounds. 

    Experience the dramatic beauty of the region steeped in forest-clad hills, and view both islands from the ferry deck. Snap photos of the Kaikoura Ranges and search the sparkling waters for marine life such as seabirds, dolphins, seals, whales and orcas.

    Upon reaching Picton, disembark at this South Island hub, gateway to the Marlborough region.

    Note: This InterIslander ferry option does not allow travel with your vehicle.
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    Departure Point
    Wellington Interislander Ferry Terminal, Wellington Ferry Terminal 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Auckland St, Picton 7281, New Zealand
    • One way InterIslander ferry trip from Wellington to Picton
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • 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
    • Video games parlor
    • Lounge and tavern bar
    • Observation deck
    • Children's play area and nursery
    • Private work desks
    • 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 of $15 per item. If you are traveling with dogs, kennels are provided at a cost of $15, 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.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Eat before travelling or take food on board, to avoid disappointment of substandard food fare. Very limited healthy food choices due to tired wilted vegetables on white rolls, most of which contain cheap fatty bacon. Poor hot food choices and fruit salad that tastes like...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Kaukau K
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We loved our passage across on the Interislander. We had great weather and there were just the right amount of people on the boat to make it feel exciting but not crowded. The $19 brekky was great. As were the freshly baked scones. The reclining...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Paulina F
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Took a vehicle across to Picton. Loading on and off the ship was easy. Paid entry to the Lounge - good food options and enough seating although some passengers took up much more space than they needed. The bathrooms are just outside the lounge and...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank MKKCDF
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Well worth doing, a great way to see the coast. The ferry was very comfortable and offered many areas to see the scenery which is fantastic.

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Deb_Schreiber0159
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We have used other ferries and found this one met expectations. Heaps of room to park our SUV for an early disembarkation. We used the premium lounge. Very good and, unlike the north bound crew, were given good service.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Footplate
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    15 July 2019|
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    Response from poell | Reviewed this property |
    Hy there, Sorry not being able to answer your question. Why don‘t you contact the Ferry company directly. Have a wonderful trip anyway.
    11 May 2019|
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    Response from Michelle E | Reviewed this property |
    We dropped off at the Wellington terminal and picked up at Picton. It took us about 5 minutes to hand the vehicle in and walk next door to the ferry terminal cafe. In Picton the hire vehicles are another 5 minutes walk... More
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