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  Interisland ferry heading out of Picton.
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  • Interisland ferry heading out of Picton. - South Island
      Interisland ferry heading out of Picton.
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The Interislander Ferry carries vehicles as well as foot passengers, between the North Island and the South Island of New Zealand. The trip between Wellington and Picton varies according to the weather, however normally it takes around 3.5 hours. The Cook Strait is a very treacherous piece of water during a storm, but can also be millpond still on some days.
If you drive onboard in a vehicle, you get to go and sit in the lounges upstairs with everyone else. There are a variety of places to go, ranging from a bar to a cafetaria. You can also find a playground and even beds for children to sleep.
There is a movie theatre onboard, which usually plays very uptodate movies. However these begin very soon after sailing, so listen out if you fancy watching one.



This trip is quite expensive both with a vehicle and without. Booking well in advance though gives you opportunities to get much cheaper tickets.
These ferries run very regularly and you often cross with one mid Cook Strait.

Mode: TO
othercontact: 0800 802 802
Phone: +64 4 498 3302
Type: Ship/Boat
Website: http://www.interislander.co.nz/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 6, 2006
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