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Review of Interislander

Interislander
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USD 44.04*
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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton
Ranked #24 of 246 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Cruise with Interislander from Wellington to Picton across the Cook Strait and through the stunning Marlborough Sounds in just over three hours on the three largest ferries in New Zealand. Interislander is one of The Great Journeys of New Zealand and our three ships each feature several outdoor viewing decks that allow you to soak up the gorgeous New Zealand scenery as it floats by. They also have plenty of lounges, cafes and bars to choose from, plenty to keep the kids entertained - including children's play areas - and plenty for mum and dad too. Cars, vans, caravans, campervans, motorhomes, motorcycles and coaches - all vehicles are welcome, just drive on, drive off. And for the rental car providers, just drop off your car at the rental depots within our terminals then pick up another at the other end - easy! Interislander operates a FREE shuttle bus. Departing 50 minutes before each sailing from Platform 9 at the Wellington Railway Station.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We will only travel on Interislander now for the ferry. Highly recommend this ferry service over Bluebridge. The interislander boat Kaitaki is the best if you are travelling with Kids. It has more to do and a really large 2 story playground. We found the service very reliable and food options are good and reasonable in price. Plenty to see and do on board. If you don't want to pay for the cost of your trip all up I recommend using "cruisy pay" where you pay off the trip with no interest charged in equal installments before you go up to 12 months in advance. There is easy options to change bookings if need be sometimes without extra cost. The Kaiarahi is a really nice boat. Not as much to do on board for the kids and the play area on that one was really lame in comparison to the Kaitaki but we highly enjoyed our trips across the straight with interislander. Awesome service on both ships. We hired a cabin for $30 on the Kaiarahi. Was clean and comfortable. Free wifi on board.

Thank Gemma R
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We enjoyed a enjoyable crossing from the north to the South Island. Very few people on board on the day we traveled which made it more enjoyable. The scenery was magnificent.

Thank Perce22
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Couldn’t be more happy with the service provided by Interislander and the facilities they offer. They do outstanding Mac and cheese and beef lasagne, and would highly recommend everyone to go up to the 8th floor and walk to the back of the ship, past the cafe and bar. There’s this really nice, large room with heating which has a nice view to look at, while reading a book. Catch the elevator (or stairs) up to the 9th floor and walk up the stairs to the 10th floor and you can be on top of the ship, outside. Wifi isn’t too reliable and dropped in and out but what can you expect when you’re out at sea

Thank g_lucy1
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

The ferry has great views. Although we took it on two sunny days.

We did the premium lounge. The food was good and the wine they gave was good.

Worth the money of you wanna drink and eat on the way over.

You can also get a private cabin for $40 if you wanna sleep on the way over.

Staff was all really nice.

Thank Eric P
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Robin H, Online crew at Interislander, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hi Eric P, Thanks for the "awesome" review. It's hard to fit everything we offer into a 3.5hr journey! Hopefully you'll be back soon to try out the cabins! All the best, Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

It's really all about the views: misty islands, rocky headlands, stunning passageways through verdant hills, the sun the moon the clouds, the birds and the dolphins sometimes accompanying you on the journey. But comfort matters, too. We found it on board the "Aratere" ("Quick Path"), the oldest ferry in the fleet. built in 1998 but refitted in 2011 at a cost of $52 million to create the comforts, the decks, and the viewpoints especially suited to the journey's splendid coastal environment. We traveled roundtrip between Wellington and Picton at a relaxing pace, with a 2 day stop in the Marlborough Sounds area.

After some consideration, we opted to pay an extra $55 each per trip for the Plus Lounge and were very pleased with its high level of service, comfortable seating and excellent, well-selected food and drink, served continuously in generous portions. I'm not talking just snacks here. In addition to lots of those (self-serve cheese plates, hot cross buns, and 'death-by'choclate' cake being our favorites), each crossing featured a main meal: one with a good-sized, tasty salmon steak and the other with thick, well-prepared slices of lamb, that day being Easter, each main with a good choice of side dishes.

All the food was attractively displayed for "self-service," but, given the limited number of people in the lounge, the experience did not have a cafeteria "feel." Helpful personnel were right on hand in case anything was needed, and they circulated through the lounge to remove "empties" quickly, always inquiring if they could do anything else for us. We felt relaxed, even pampered.

The wines served were well-selected and flowed as liberally as the varied, tasty dishes on offer. We ate plenty, strolled the decks for a good part of our journey, took in all the beautiful views, and arrived at our destinations utterly relaxed and happy to have made the trip.

One of the unique features of the "Aratere" is that it has viewing decks over the bow, while the other ferries do not. That bow view as the ferry entered Queen Charlotte Sound was one of the most memorable moments of our trip. It only got better with every picturesque mountain-backed cove we cruised by. And for that, let me just add that you don't need "Plus" passage: it's there for everyone, from the backpacker on a budget bringing his or her own snacks to save money to the well-heeled passengers booking private accommodation with all the perks. I do think the "Plus" option is a good one, actually something of a bargain considering the free-flowing food and drink for the entire 3.5 hour cruise, and I'd definitely book it again.

But it was fun to be out on deck, oohing and aahing with everyone else, especially when we sailed through the Sound to Picton. And let me say that the general areas through which we passed seemed comfortably well-organized, maybe a bit crowded, but with smaller, quieter spaces tucked here and there, as well as play spaces for the kids and quiet rooms with cribs for babies. I couldn't tell if the food offered was good or not, but there seemed to be plenty of selections, and the passengers seemed to be enjoying themselves.

I think for many of us, the ferry journey had a distinct holiday air, not surprising given the long Easter weekend. We were blessed with great weather that made the experience, and the views, all the more delightful. From the moment we stepped on board, we felt like we were on vacation, not just on the way there. And the unforgettable scenery will long make this trip one of our favorites.

Whatever your booking level, this is a relaxing and comfortable journey through one of the most beautiful places on earth. Don't miss it.

Thank CarolDM1900
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Robin H, Online crew at Interislander, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hi CarolDM1900, Thanks for the terrific review! I might just copy and paste this onto our website :-) Really pleased we ticked so many boxes for you and we hope to see you again one day! Best wishes, Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

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