Family Day Out in Picton

Year round, departing Wellington; This great family day out includes a trip across the Cook Strait on our Interislander ferry, followed by a guided tour of EcoWorld and an easy afternoon spent exploring the picturesque seaside town of Picton.

Interislander Great Picton Day Out is an action packed Wellington family day out with a difference


A fun Wellington family day out with a difference!

If you are running short of ideas for exciting things to do in Wellington as a family, then our Great Day Out in Picton is a perfect antidote. This isn't just a time-filler, our Great Day Out in Picton is a whole action packed Wellington day out, starting the moment you wake and returning you home for bed-time! And, its a day you'll always remember together.

Your family day out begins with a memorable cruise across the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton. If you have never been on the Interislander Cook Strait ferry, then you are in for a real treat. This remarkable journey will give you a totally different view of Wellington as you sail around the Miramar Peninsula and across the Cook Strait. The journey ends with an hour long cruise through the remote and beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Seals, dolphins, penguins, albatross and even the occasional whale are sights to look out for, from either our outdoor viewing decks or our comfortable Ocean View restaurant.

The main feature of your afternoon will be an educational 1 hour guided tour around EcoWorld Picton Aquarium. As you pass through the aquarium you will get close to Tuatara, Little Blue penguins, kakariki, seahorses, a preserved Giant Squid, and hundreds of indigenous fish from the Marlborough Sounds, including sharks, stingray, crayfish and octopuses.

Either side of this fun and diverse tour, you will have plenty of time for seeking your own adventures in Picton, either enjoying the cafés and foreshore activities or heading to the hills for short walk into the wild.

Your action packed day out will then end with you cruising back to Wellington aboard the Interislander Cook Strait ferry.


  • Adult: from $129 each
  • Child: from $75 each
  • Infant (under 2): free





08:15 am

Arrive at the Interislander terminal for check-in

09:00 am

Begin your Wellington family day out with a cruise on our Interislander Cook Strait ferry

12:30 pm

Arrive in Picton, meet your EcoWorld host and head to EcoWorld Picton Aquarium for a complimentary coffee and deposit bags

1:00 pm

Stroll around Picton foreshore, taking in the sight and have a play on the Pirate Ship playground

2:00 pm

The learning experience begins, as you enjoy an EcoWorld Picton Aquarium Close Up Encounters Tour guided tour

3:00 pm

Explore Picton: take a walk in the hills, a stroll around the foreshore, or head to more of Picton's fabulous museums.

5:45 pm

Return to ECO World and your guide will escort you back to the Interislander terminal

6:00 pm

Check-in for your return sailing to Wellington

6:45 pm

Depart from Picton on the Interislander Cook Strait ferry

9:55 pm

Arrive in Wellington

 To ensure you are well prepared to enjoy this amazing day out, please bring with you the following:

Things to bring

  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • A warm sweater

 Please note:

  • Lunch is not included on the tour and we recommend you eat during your Interislander ferry journey.
  • Package price includes return travel with Interislander, attractions and activities.
  • Attractions, activities and itinerary are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate on arrival at Atawhai Cafe.


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