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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
  • Carrying additional bicycles and sporting gear $15 per item
  • Kennels for pets are provided at a cost of $15
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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 (on select ships)
  • Video games parlor
  • Lounge and tavern bar
  • Observation deck
  • Children's play area and nursery
  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Sivasankar Sivapragasam wrote a review Oct. 2020
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia46 contributions1 helpful vote
The experience was a pleasant one. it was comfortable and the breeze brought tranquillity. Great for mind and spirit.
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Date of experience: November 2019
pd7 wrote a review Sep. 2020
London, United Kingdom535 contributions234 helpful votes
Getting on board took ages as we were parked in a featureless car park with little or no facilities for over an hour before we inched our way on board. It is really just a glorified car ferry and fairly expensive to boot. Getting off in Wellington was quicker once the exodus
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Date of experience: December 2019
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 Kingdom603 contributions349 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
About the operator

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By: TranzAlpine Train
Take a trip across the mountains
The TranzAlpine Train will take you from Christchurch in the East over the mountains to Greymouth, on the West Coas
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Interislander's ship to avoid
I normally love the Interislander ferry but must by chance have never used the Kaiarahi....... a ship to avoid. Ver
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Scenic ride
The audio commentary on the train was still not working, so a couple of attendants were doing the commentary. There
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Great train ride, nice food onboard and lovely staff. We stayed overnight would suggest hire a car for 24hrs and dr
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Fantastic experience in Scenic Plus.
We booked the scenic plus ticket, which included sensational food and drinks. From breakfast, morning tea, lunch, a
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Cruising the Cook Straight in style
Cruising on the InterIslander - in style. It's always a nice way to get across the Cook Straight and a good remind
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Tranz alpine makeup your own story. Theirs is missing
Scenic views first class. Not matched by staff attitude commentary not working took the gloss off the whole experie
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Easy check-in, easy boarding. Roomy seats. Clean. Good commentary, very informative, but hard to hear when it was s
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Very basic trip across to Picton
We booked the 9.00 am ferry and to ensure we got on early arrived at 7.30 am number 55 in the queue. We ended up as
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Such a great experience!
I highly recommend this train journey. Upgrade to the Scenic Plus car if you can. Such a wonderful way to spend the
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Absolutely amazing trip
We booked this train trip back in March for a Thursday in October when covid first hit. We then got told a bit late
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Don't fly, take the ferry instead!
I am so happy we chose to ride the ferry instead of flying! When we were planning our trip I had debated between th
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Awesome trip
We originally booked this train to travel in Autumn but then COVID-19 lockdown cancelled our journey. It was rebook
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Emma B
Great experience
We got the train in both directions. Was impressed with the staff - check in, boarding and on the train. They waved
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Excellent experience beautiful scenery.
We did the Tranzalpine trip Sunday 27th September Greymouth to Christchurch and returned on Tuesday 29th Christchur
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Key Details
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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