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How To Make the Most of Your Cook Strait Crossing

Life is about the journey, not the destination. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, there’s no shortage of things to do aboard the Interislander ferry. Treated as a ‘rite of passage’ by many, Kiwi and international visitors have been enjoying the crossing for nearly 60 years. Dating back to 1962, the Interislander sailed its maiden journey on 13th August 1962 with the Aramoana. Since that day, a lot has changed for the Interislander ferry to reach celebrity status amongst Kiwi culture.

Knowing what is on offer before your travel can help ensure you get the most out of your Cook Strait crossing.

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TranzAlpine: a journey to pounamu country

Taking the TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth is a must-do experience for any traveller to the South Island. Journeying from the golden Canterbury Plains, across alpine riverbeds and through the mighty Southern Alps, the half-day trip is an advent

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Summer Guide to Wellington and Marlborough

A New Zealand summer is like no other — days at the beach, epic BBQ’s, and fun with family and friends. But with so many activities to get up to around New Zealand, let’s focus on Wellington and Marlborough; the two great regions that connect the North and South Island. These regions, rich in culture and history, are the perfect place to plan your summer adventures. Make a weekend trip of it and take the Interislander Cook Strait ferry between the two, experiencing everything these magical parts of New Zealand have to offer.

With something for everyone, here’s our go-to summer guide for the best things to do in Wellington and Marlborough.

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The North Entrance to the Marlborough Sounds

Sailing between Wellington and Picton is often referred to as one of the most scenic ferry journeys in the world. When travelling to New Zealand’s picturesque South Island, the journey itself is just as spectacular as the final destination. Aratere is one of the Interislanders’ Cook Strait ferries, and it will be embarking on an alternative route until the end of December 2021. So, why not take the journey less travelled and discover the untouched natural wonders of the north entrance to the Marlborough Sounds. Here’s our guide to exploring the region:

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First time crossing the Cook Strait?

Whether you’re visiting from afar or are a Kiwi who’s never hopped aboard, the Interislander™ is an easy, comfortable and scenic way to jump between New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Here are some helpful tips to plan your journey.

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