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InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington provided by TranzAlpine Train

InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington

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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 - Picton to Wellington
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.
The Interislander Ferry is more than just a convenient way of traveling across the Cook Strait from Picton to Wellington: it's a memorably scenic trip in its own right. Cruise through the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound in the Marlborough Sounds, where you might spot dolphins. Three hours later, arrive in Wellington refreshed and ready to see the capital.
  • An easy way to travel between the South and North Islands of New Zealand
  • Make the most of a travel day with this scenic option
  • Disembark in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand's small capital
  • Admire the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds and Cook Strait
Important Information
Departure Point
Auckland Street, Picton 7281, New Zealand
3h 30m
Return Details
Wellington Ferry Terminal,District of Freedom#8573311~!#, 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • One way InterIslander ferry trip from Picton to Wellington
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and beverages
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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.
  • The InterIslander ferry sailing timetable is subject to change, without notice.
  • 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
  • Please note, 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 Picton 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 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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John wrote a review Apr 2020
Lake Stevens, Washington2 contributions
Easy to make reservations. Access to the ferry terminal was straightforward. The ferry itself was modern and clean. Seats were comfortable, and the galley served quite a variety of good meals. Transit time was about 3 hours.
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Date of experience: April 2020
David E wrote a review Apr 2020
Leicester, United Kingdom604 contributions347 helpful votes
A lovely relaxing and civilised way to travel between the South and North Island, with wonderful scenery as a bonus. Compared to the hassle of flying, taking the ferry is so much more civilised. The scenery is pleasant throughout the crossing, but wonderful for the first 45
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Date of experience: February 2020
Stephen wrote a review Mar 2020
43 contributions3 helpful votes
We went to checkout the procedure the night before & the lady on duty was extremely helpful & friendly, giving us a lot of useful advice & the check in procedure was very straightforward. We had bought the Premier Plus service, which gave us access to the Premier Lounge, free
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Date of experience: February 2020
WoodlandsMike wrote a review Feb 2020
The Woodlands, Texas209 contributions34 helpful votes
Lovely voyage from Picton in the South Island to Wellington in the North. Premium plus lounge is worth the cost. Unlimited beer, wine and food along with comfy seats , good views and go and go to outer decks.
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Guilherme Rampani wrote a review Jan 2020
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Very nice ferry from Picton to Wellington - quite busy (maybe for the time of the year), but didn't make a difference as the staff and operations were spot on. The inside of the ship is very well equipped, clean and tidy. There are plenty of things to do or if you want to chill
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Date of experience: January 2020
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By: TranzAlpine Train
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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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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Mega Cool
A must to do while we are quietly kiwi. Some great deals during July and August do a bargain time. We had a perfect
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Tranzalpine Christchurch to Arthur's Pass
Tranzalpine Christchurch to Arthur's Pass. Great trip. Nice, warm and comfy. Great views. Good food.
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A fantastic trip
I could not rate this tip more highly, The TranzAlpine team have done an amazing job. When we arrived at the Addin
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Great scenery
While the scenery was great, we felt that the rest of the experience with the tranz alpine could do with a bit of p
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Disappointment in the dark
Upon learning that the TranzAlpine had reopened after COVID-19, we rearranged our tour of the South Island to take
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Picturesque train journey
This was another excursion on the coach tour we endured. We had our reserved carriage and seat numbers and then sa
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Bob G
Wrong side and end of the train!
This was meant to be a highlight of our NZ tour but ended up being disappointed. Most of the points of interest wer
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Beyond stunning views and Customer service
The train trip was amazing- so much to see and enjoy out of the huge windows. The views are stunning as you wind t
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One of the last trips!
We travelled this,route the say before the service ended for lockdown and it was stunning. The journey was beautifu
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The Only Way To Get To The West Coast
Okay, that isn't fair. If you have a car I imagine the drive over Arthur's Pass is phenomenal as well. But there is
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trip of a life time
Excellent, must do on bucket list, again such helpful staff, nothing is a problem when travelling in a group. We di
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Fantastic journey....
Luckily enough to have experienced the Christchurch to Greymouth leg in mostly fine weather with the train less tha
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  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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