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Interislander Cook Strait Ferry

Aotea Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-498 2110
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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Aotea Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-498 2110
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wow - what a fantastic crossing. It was calm and views spectacular. We were lucky. The inside decor and comfort of the ship we were on was great. We really enjoyed the scones, cream and jam fresh out of the oven at 10am!

Thank SamduBuisson
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you go to New Zealand and are planning a trip to the other island take this ferry the scenery is amazing our crossing was as smooth as a smooth thing we sat right at the front of the ferry kaitaki and it was superb...More

Thank Skymanmark
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We got a beautiful sunny day to sail across the cook strait, calm with lovely views. Food on board was average but I didn't expect too much.

Thank LoulouTun
Reviewed 4 days ago

Travelled in the Lounge up recommendation of friends and really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and cutious service. Last time I had travelled interislander was the night after the Waiheni went down. Things have changed. Most enjoyable.

Thank angus2017007
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you are needing a car for your travels then this is a great way to go and a very pleasant trip with some great scenery (however wuite expensive return). Be aware that there is not a huge choice of food on board but if...More

Thank owlesey
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great way to start or end a tour of the South Island. 3 hours crossing - 45mins Wellington harbour, over an hour Cook Strait, and hour or so Marlborough Sound (low fijords). Great views throughout. Food OK if you're hungry. You can take a...More

Thank David G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

North to South Island in March we experienced really poor customer service from the staff. It was beyond busy (Easter Weekend ), to the extent that there weren't enough seats for all. Free WiiFii service was shockingly intermittent. Return ferry in June was very quiet...More

1  Thank Katy C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great ferry ride smooth sailing! We upgraded to the lounge but to be honest the ship itself is very equipped so no need to pay extra. Staff were lovely x

Thank KatSydney11
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good old Aratere the larger vehicle ferry took us across the strait at night time in smooth seas. Friendly staff and good appointed vessel for it's age it boasts plenty of room and seating arrangements. Two things to consider if you are travelling from Kaikoura...More

Thank markyh80
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful experience crossing the Cook Strait, especially with nice weather. Got incredible pictures. I was surprised at how comfy the ferry was and the # of amenities it had. Certainly something to try while in New Zealand.

Thank neilfrank79
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Rex B
One more question ~ we (4 adults ) will fly to Wellington probably Tues 17 April 2018 and sail on ferry Fri 20 April 9am. Should I prebook through travel agent here in Darwin or do it when we get to Wellington ? Reason I ask is, if weather report is good for Thurs but bad for Friday, then we would sail Thurs.
25 May 2017|
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Response from JP v | Reviewed this property |
Just prebook in Darwin. Ferry is always very busy! You can book yourself on internet. Easy to do!
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Sandra D
Hi, Do you know is it feasible to take the 9 am Interiland ferry that arrives in Picton at 12:30 pm and still get the 12:45 Bus from Christchurch? Is the Ferry pretty punctual? I will be traveling in January of 2018. Thank you very much.
17 May 2017|
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Response from Jon A | Reviewed this property |
Usually always completely on time with only exceptions being due to weather related events. Not sure about buses though. :)
Which is the best route from mount cook island to picton so that I can do the ferry ride to Wellington and catch my flight back to brisbane on 24th September? I intend to check out from mount cook village on 22nd morning. My original plan was to take a flight from Wellington and do a day trip to picton (two way) ferry trip. But some one suggested it's a waste of time and the weather will also be very rough in September. My worst fear is being stranded in picton and having to catch a flight next day from Wellington. Instead I though I shall drive down to picton.
2 April 2017|
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Response from Emjmeakin | Reviewed this property |
You can take your car on the ferry. There's no other way across to the South Island except by plane. I'm not sure about the weather in September but our trip in March was very scenic, especially coming into Marlborough Sound... More