Cook Strait ferry

Cook Strait ferries

Direct Ferries is the perfect place to get the best deals on your next Cook Strait crossing. We compare the prices for all major operators on the route between New Zealand’s north and south islands. We offer a wide range of tickets for what is one of the most picturesque ferry crossings in the world.

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Cook Strait Operators

  • Interislander
    • 20 Sailings Weekly 3 hr 10 min
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  • Bluebridge
    • 4 Sailings Daily 3 hr 30 min
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Cook Strait crossing times

The journey along the Cook Strait takes approximately three and a half hours, but this sailing is more than just a way of getting from A to B, it’s a memorable experience in its own merit. You’ll be able to take in the marvellous Marlborough Sounds, observe the idyllic harbourside town views of Picton and view the wonderful Wellington vistas, all while you travel in style and comfort. If you’re lucky enough you may even be able to catch a glimpse of some of the native dolphins and whales as you surf the waves. This route is operated by both Interislander and Bluebridge ferries, giving you a choice on your fantastic ferry experience. There are regular services available, with up to seven crossing times to choose from every single day. So no matter when you are planning to travel on this breath taking voyage, Direct Ferries has your New Zealand expedition covered.