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Every Interislander journey has a story - and some include your dog! Share your journey and photo on Facebook or Instagram #Interislanderjourneys or #DogsofInterislander and you could win a travel voucher for your next trip.
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Check our latest COVID-19 travel information

We are currently at Orange. You need to show your My Vaccine Pass or a negative COVID test at check in.
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Arrivals & departures board

Get today's sailing schedule with accurate departure and arrival times, including disruptions and cancellations.
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Travel tips

Prepare for your Interislander journey across the Cook Strait with these essential travel tips
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Finding our terminals

Whether you're travelling with us by car or coming by foot, find out how to get to our terminals.
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Been there, done that, got the t-shirt? If not, visit our store and get souvenirs shipped directly to your home!
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Vehicle check-in

Read our Check-in and Boarding procedures before you arrive to help everything go smoothly on the day.
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Connecting our North Island and South Island together since 1962, our Interislander ferry service is New Zealand's original Cook Strait ferry. Sailing between Wellington and Picton several times a day, the Interislander journey is considered one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and one of New Zealand's most iconic experiences.

Interislander is one of The Great Journeys of New Zealand. Heading south, our Interislander ferry Wellington to Picton connects with our Coastal Pacific train, getting you from Wellington to Christchurch in one beautiful day.

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TranzAlpine $20 Child Fares!

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Book a family adventure aboard the TranzAlpine this summer with our $20 child fares.

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Package | Lochmara Marlborough

Departing Wellington aboard Interislander, you'll travel through the magical Marlborough Sounds to Picton, before heading on to Lochmara Lodge for 3 days of blissful relaxation
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Package | Furneaux Lodge

Departing Wellington, you'll head to the outer reaches of the stunning Marlborough Sounds to Furneaux Lodge for a perfect retreat away for a few days
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Package | Bay of Many Coves

Departing Wellington, this five-star escape into the magical beauty of Bay of Many Coves will take your breath away as you enjoy true luxury in the Sounds.
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Package | Picturesque Punga Cove

Departing Wellington, this blissful escape into the magical beauty of Endeavour Inlet will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated
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Package | Discover West Coast (2 nights)

Departing Christchurch, our 3-day TranzAlpine train package takes you across the Southern Alps to discover the wonderful wild West Coast
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Package | Escape to the Garden City

Departing Greymouth, traverse the breathtaking terrain of the Southern Alps in comfort. Let us take you from one coast of New Zealand to the other as you journey to the charming city of Christchurch.
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Package | Nelson self-drive

Departing from Wellington, our three-day self-drive package will take you from the sparkling capital to the sunniest region in New Zealand where you'll discover a thriving local art and cultural scene in Nelson.
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Package | Blenheim self-drive

Departing from Wellington, this three-day self-drive package will take you from the coolest little capital to the largest and most famous wine region in New Zealand where you'll quench your thirst and delight your tastebuds.
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Sailing times

The timetable below is a reference guide only. For accurate sailing times, please search our fares or see the Arrivals & Departures board.

The Interislander ferry Wellington to Picton takes approximately 3½ hours. 

8:45 AM
12:15 PM
4:00 PM
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
12:00 AM

The timetable below is a reference guide only. For accurate sailing times, please search our fares or see the Arrivals & Departures board.

The Interislander ferry Picton to Wellington takes approximately 3½ hours. 

10:30 AM
3:00 PM
2:15 PM
5:45 PM
9:30 PM
2:00 AM

Our Interislander ferries

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Kaitaki can carry 1,350 passengers and is the largest ferry operating in New Zealand waters. On board she features a huge Ocean View restaurant, Hector's Café, Local Heroes Sports Bar with Sky Sports, a large soft play area for young children, a shop, cabins, nurseries, and a number of lounges. Kaitaki's most prominent features is her Lookout Lounge Atrium area, which brings the scenery floating in through two floors of enormous windows!

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Aratere is our longest serving vessel. With eight separate viewing areas, including a large roof top seating area and a viewing deck on the bow, Aratere was built to show off the picturesque Marlborough Sounds. Inside, she features a large Food Court, a Hector's Coffee Bar and Shop, a children's play area with slide, nurseries and Quiet Lounge.

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Kaiarahi is the newest member of our ferry fleet. On board, she features a large Ocean View restaurant, panoramic Lookout Lounge and spectacular views from her Local Heroes Bar. On Deck 8, you will find an outdoor seating area that is perfect for those summer sailings through the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds.

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How do I get the latest travel news?

Please see our Travel information  page to find the best way to get the latest travel information for your journey.

Can I change my sailing?

You can change your sailing at any point prior to Check-In opening (i.e. one hour before scheduled departure). To change your sailing, simply log in to your booking online and select an alternative available sailing. For Saver fares, a change fee does apply. For Flexible and Refundable fares, you can change to an equivalent fare for free or pay the difference change to a more expensive sailing. 

How can I get in contact with Interislander?

The easiest way for you to make your ferry booking is through our website.     However, if you need to get in touch with us to assist with or change your booking, please contact us on 0800 802 802 (international: +64 4 498 3302) or by email on  

Can I sail on Interislander with my pet?

Pets are definitely allowed to travel with Interislander - so feel to bring them on holiday with you! 

For dogs, we recommend you hire one of our kennels. These are available on each of our ships and can be added to your booking. Alternatively, you can leave them in your vehicle.

Cats and other small animals can either be left in your vehicle or carried in a suitable pet carrier and checked-in.

Please notify the Check-in attendant if you have a pet in your vehicle and we will try our best to park you in the shade.

Please read our travel tips and pet policies before travelling to help your pet stay comfortable during the journey. 

How do I use an Interislander Promocode?

Promocodes are offered regularly through our monthly newsletter, in selected publications and through business partners such as the AA. To use a Promocode, simply proceed to complete your online booking. After you have entered your passenger details and have clicked to proceed you will come to the Payment Details page where you will find the Promocode box. Simply type or paste your Promocode into the box and hit the enter button and the discount will apply.

If you’re using a promo code for a group booking, please go to ‘group bookings’ under our book menu.  The promo code will be the first thing you’ll be asked to enter before you can continue with the booking.  

Please note that many Promocodes are only valid on certain fares types and are date limited. If your Promocode is not working, then please check the booking date range, travel date range and fare types that were specified with the advertised Promocode.

Can I send unaccompanied goods or vehicles on Interislander?

If you want to transport goods, you’ll need to contact a professional freight forwarding company to transport them for you.

When travelling on foot, you can only bring personal items (luggage, sporting equipment, tents, bikes, etc). If you wish to transport goods or equipment (e.g. gardening equipment, machinery, etc), then you will need to bring a vehicle in which to transport them.

We can transport unaccompanied vehicles or trailers for you via our Commercial Vehicles sales team on 0800 660 670 or

Can children travel Interislander unattended?

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are considered to be anyone over the age of 15. Those aged 15-17 years old will need to call us on 0800 802 802 if they wish to travel on a child fare without an adult fare included in the booking.

Need help choosing your Cook Strait ferry?

If you still need convincing that our Interislander ferry is the  best choice, then try reading the following pages and blog  posts:

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Cook Strait ferry: Quick facts & comparisons

Everything you need to know about the Cook Strait crossing, including our ferry comparison chart.
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Family holidays with Interislander

You don't need to worry about charging up devices and downloading movies when you travel with Interislander. With onboard play areas, cinemas, shops, outdoor spaces and live entertainers during the holidays, we've got entertainment covered!
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Drive on and drive off!

Driving onto the Interislander™ Ferry doesn't have to be daunting. We've taken out the guesswork with our guide taking your vehicle onboard.
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Taking a campervan on Interislander™

How do you get from the North Island to the South Island with a campervan? Travelling on the Interislander is easy, find out why!
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30 years of magic on Interislander™

He is Interislander’s most iconic and endearing entertainer and a special member of our family. His magical shows have been keeping us laughing for thirty years. Yes, this is the story of Nigel Kennedy!
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Safari at Sea

There are all sorts of ocean-dwelling creatures who make the 93 kilometres between the North and South Island their home. And if you’re lucky, they might show face, fins or beaks on your journey with us.
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Why the ferry beats flying

When it comes to travelling New Zealand you can fly or take the ferry. If you are wondering which is better, then here’s five reasons why the ferry is the answer!
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