Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait Ferry, Wellington Picton

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Interislander is the New Zealand ferry service which crosses the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. 

Wine Spectator magazine called us "one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world"

And we know you'll agree.

Cross the great divide with Interislander and truly experience our two beautiful islands.

The Interislander is far more than the New Zealand ferry service which bridges the North and South Island.

It links our great country.

The three-hour, 92km journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences and acknowledged as one of the most spectacular cruises in the world.

You will never forget the Cook Strait.

It's so spectacular, we named it after the guy who discovered us.

Arahura, Aratere and Kaitaki carry both passengers and vehicles and make up to 11 crossings a day, giving you flexible, affordable and convenient travel times.

You will experience comfort, friendly hospitality and service as you enjoy one of the world's great straits aboard a modern craft with conveniences such as on board Wi-Fi.


The journey is even better than getting there.


These timetables are a guide only. For exact availability and pricing information, please use the 'Look and Book' form on our homepage.

Wellington to Picton

Timetable for Wellington to Picton

Depart Wellington Arrive Picton
2:25am 5:35am
8:25am 11:35am
10:25am* 1:35pm*
2:05pm 5:15pm
6:25pm 9:25pm

Picton to Wellington

Timetable for Picton to Wellington

Depart Picton Arrive Wellington
6:25am 9:35am
10:05am 1:15pm
1:10pm 4:20pm
2:25pm* 5:35pm*
6:05pm 9:15pm
10:25pm 1:35am

* Peak season only (approximate dates - between November and April)

Interislander Fares and Promotions

Interislander offers a range of fare types and discounts, payment options, and additional services, to fulfil the needs of every traveller. To check the cost of your sailing, just enter your passenger details and preferred sailing date.

Fare Types - For bookings made in New Zealand or Australia, Interislander offers three basic adult fare types: Easy Change, Saver Change and Web Saver. Each has their own set of terms and refund conditions. Both the Easy Change and Saver Change fares are available to those booking from outside New Zealand or Australia.

Discounted Fares - For bookings made in New Zealand and Australia, Interislander offers a number of discounted fare options, including same-day excursions, student and senior discounts, and family fares.

Kaitaki Plus and Club Class - If you seek comfort and privacy on your Interislander voyage, you may choose to travel in our Kaitaki Plus or Club Class lounges, enjoying an extra level of luxury on your journey.

Cruisey Pay - Interislander's Cruisey Pay option spreads the cost of your booking across a number of months. Cruisey Pay is our unique, simple and convenient payment option, which allows you to book early, secure seats on your preferred sailing, but spread the payment of your ticket over several months.

Gift Vouchers - Looking for that perfect gift? Why not buy an Interislander gift voucher?

Extras - A variety of additional services are available for all bookings. These include carrying extra luggage, large sporting equipment, or even your pet, across the Cook Strait.


Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait Ferry, Wellington Picton Enquiry Form


Wellington Ferry Terminal
1 Aotea Quay
Wellington 6011

Phone: +64 4 498 3302

Freephone: 0800 802 802

Fax: +64 4 498 3090 or 0800 878 898

Web: Visit website

Terminal Contact details:
Wellington Terminal - Aotea Quay, 5 mins north of Welington Railway Station
Picton Terminal - Auckland Street, in central Picton

Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait Ferry, Wellington Picton Enquiry Form