Ferry (Cook Strait Crossing)

The country of New Zealand is split into two main islands, the North Island and the South Island. Apart from air travel, the most popular way of getting between the islands is via the Cook Strait ferry – the Cook Strait is the body of water between the North and the South Island. The Cook Strait ferries go between the North Island city of Wellington and the South Island town of Picton.

Over the 3 hour 30 minute journey, you’ll enjoy some fantastic views along the Wellington Harbour, Cook Strait, Marlborough Sounds, Queen Charlotte Sound and Picton, and vice versa.

There are two ferry companies who operate on the Cook Strait: Interislander and Bluebridge. Both are very similar companies with a few minor differences. When it comes to choosing, you are more likely to pick the sailing with the best price and most convenient time for your itinerary.

  • Interislander has bigger ferries, which tends to be beneficial for the feeling of being less-crowded, and more space to walk around and explore. Sailings are less likely to be cancelled due to bad weather. having said that, Bluebridge often transfer tickets at no cost to Interislander if their sailings are cancelled.
  • Bluebridge offers free movies on board and have upgrade options for private cabins with beds.
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