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Wellington - Picton is one of our busiest routes - sailings regularly sell out at busy periods
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Wellington to Picton Ferry

The Wellington Picton ferry route connects the North and South Island of New Zealand via the Cook Strait and is currently operated by 2 ferry companies. The Interislander service runs up to 3 times per day with a sailing duration of around 3 hours 10 minutes while the Bluebridge service runs up to 4 times per day with a duration from 3 hr 30 min.

So that’s a combined 49 sailings on offer per week on the Wellington Picton route between the North and South Island. Compare now and get the best fares on Cook Strait ferries at the time that you want to travel.

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Wellington Picton Ferry reviews

  • "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 .

    'Kaitaki' travelled on Kaitaki

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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

    'Kaitaki' travelled on Kaitaki

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  • "Best ferry crossing in the world"

    I had a fantastic experience on the Wellington to Picton ferry and back. WiFi on board, the plus lounge was fantastic with great food and wine. The scenery was stunning and journey time was as predicted.

    'Kaitaki' travelled on Kaitaki

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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

    'Kaitaki' travelled on Kaitaki

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Wellington Guide

The city of Wellington is New Zealand's capital city and is located on the south west tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It is the North Island's major population centre and is also the world's most southerly capital city. The city takes its name from Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and victor of the Battle of Waterloo. His title comes from the town of Wellington in the English county of Somerset. The city is a popular tourist destination, as visitors flock there to take in its natural splendour, with its picturesque harbour and green hills, populated with colonial villas. The city's business centre is located close to Lambton Harbour, part of Wellington Harbour, and lies along a geological fault which can clearly be seen along its western shoreline. Many of the city's suburbs are high above the city centre and popular attractions include the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Wellington Zoo, and the Zealandia and Wellington Cable Car.

Wellington is the North Island port for ferries to Picton on the South Island. Local ferries also connect Wellington city centre with Eastbourne, Seatoun and Petone.

Picton Guide

Picton is a seaside town on New Zealand's south island and sits at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound in the beautiful Marlborough Sound and is regarded as one of New Zealand's prettiest towns. The town is popular with visitors from across the world who go there to enjoy its wonderful coastline, it has around 20% of New Zealand's coastline at its door, and to enjoy the best climate in New Zealand.

Being located on Marlborough Sound gives the town a relaxed atmosphere and is characterised by secluded bays and lovely clear waters. The view from the town's waterfront is perhaps one of the world's finest views and bears testament to the importance of the water and of boats to the town. Regular boat trips from Picton’s waterfront jetties take visitors to stunning locations throughout Queen Charlotte Sound.

Inter-island ferries to and from Wellington arrive and depart from Picton via Marlborough Sound. Most of the sheltered part of the route is through Tory Channel, south of Arapawa Island. The township of Waikawa is a couple of minutes drive from Picton and is home to one of the largest marinas in New Zealand.

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