COVID-19 Travel Information To ensure the health and safety of their passengers and crew, Interislander has been working with health and regulatory officials to put in place the best procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The preventive measures below have been put in place to allow you to travel safely and with confidence:
  • Ships will operate at a reduced capacity to ensure customers and crew can maintain a safe social distance.
  • Hand sanitiser dispencers will be available on board in public spaces and crew areas.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning all areas of the ship, with a particular focus on areas that have frequent hand contact such as door handles, handrails and tabletops.
  • The crew, equipped with masks and gloves, will help passengers maintain a safe distance from each other in public spaces.
  • Photo ID is required for all adults at check-in this to enable a record of everyone aboard, this enables the government to locate you should a case of COVID-19 arise.

COVID-19 Information Click here to visit our dedicated page for further information on the COVID-19 situation, including vouchers, cancellations, refunds and sailing changes.


The Interislander ferry service crosses New Zealand's Cook Strait, between Wellington and Picton, bridging the gap between the North and South Islands.

Taking approximately three hours, the route was once described as “one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world”, with Interislander traversing this scenic, ninety-two kilometre route for over fifty years, transporting more than a million passengers each year in that time. Offering up to eleven crossings a day, Interislander represents an affordable and flexible choice when it comes to exploring New Zealand’s main islands.

Operating three large, high-tech ferries called Aratere, Kaitaki and Kaiarahi, Interislander can carry both passengers and vehicles numerous times per day, following a convenient timetable for your ease of travel. Maori for ‘Quick Path’, ‘Challenger’ and ‘Leadership’, respectively, the Interislander vessels all offer a comprehensive range of amenities including cinemas, luxurious lounges, live bands and child-friendly entertainment. They were also the first ferry operator on the Cook Strait to supply free Wi-Fi on-board.

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Interislander Customer Reviews

  • "Disappointing"

    Having pre booked the Plus Lounge, we were very disappointed that when we arrived in the Plus Lounge the food had gone, we had a campervan and were one of the last to be loaded on to the ferry, the lounge was very busy with rugby fans who had eaten everything in sight, very unfair for those who arrive late to the lounge as they are loading their vehicles, most of the lounge were foot passengers. Maybe access could be allowed once everyone has been loaded rather than during.

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  • "Refund of $$$ "

    The ride was good . We need the appropriate refund of $$ as our hertz rental car wasn’t allow to enter the ferry . I had written an email , pending for your reply please .

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  • "Interislander"

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time onboard the Interislander from Wellington to Picton and return with my car. Everything went smoothly (even the water) and I was able to relax and enjoy the Kaitaki Plus Lounge

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  • "Fab crossing"

    Well impressed with whole experience from check-in to arrival, only problem was actually finding the terminal from City centre as very poor signage

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