Is there a Ferry between the North and South islands?
One of New Zealand’s most popular and important routes, the ferry services across the Cook Strait are currently being provided by two different ferry operators, Interislander Ferries and Bluebridge Ferries. Providing 7 sailings a day, there are plenty of ferry services for you to choose from to get you between Wellington and Picton.
As there are so many different ferry services available from New Zealand, ferry times really do vary depending on what route you are taking. Routes lengths can take anything from 25 minutes, such as the ferry to Rangitoto Island, to 2 hours, such as the ferry to Coromandel, to 5 hours, such as the ferry to the Great Barrier Reef. To learn more about your route, please visit the specific route page.
There are currently plenty of ferries available to range of different islands around New Zealand, such as the ever popular ferry to Waiheke Island, which runs up to 49 ferry services a day, and the ferry to Stewart Island, Rangitoto Island, Montutapu Island and the Great Barrier Island. For more information about specific routes, please visit our dedicated routes pages for everything you need to know about these ferries.
Due to the many different ferries that are available throughout New Zealand, there are a variety of ferry fares on offer. Prices can change due to times of year, and what ferry you are taking – please use our helpful fare finder tool to find the best route and price for your journey.