Interislander Cook Strait Ferry
One of the most scenic cruises in the world, the InterIslander traverses Cook Strait that separates the North from the South Island, and spans the 92km journey between Wellington, the coolest little capital, in the North, and Picton, gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, in the South.
As the cultural hub of the country with its own set of natural attractions, Wellington offers a range of activities enjoyed on transit for those passing through, or on an extended stay for those who wish to see more than what’s on Wellington’s surface.
On the other end of Interislander connection, Picton is the point of departure and arrival of travellers coming in for South Island’s wine-growing regions, and farther afield, Christchurch, the West coast glaciers, the Mount Cook mountain range, and the Fiordland National Park.
There are three ships in the Interislander fleet: Aratere, Kaitaki, and the newest addition, Kaiarahi.
All of the ships ferry both passengers and their vehicles, affording travellers to explore all of New Zealand with ease and comfort by road. Passengers enjoy freedom from luggage restrictions, and getting their vehicles onboard is a drive-on, drive-off affair. There are up to 11 sailings a day, giving passengers the convenience of a wide range of travel times. Meals and drinks can be purchased on board while catching the latest movie release, and passengers can stroll the decks to take in the amazing views.