The Interislander ferry service crosses New Zealand's Cook Strait, between Wellington and Picton, bridging the gap between the North and South Islands.

Taking approximately three hours, the route was once described as “one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world”, with Interislander traversing this scenic, ninety-two kilometre route for over fifty years, transporting more than a million passengers each year in that time. Offering up to eleven crossings a day, Interislander represents an affordable and flexible choice when it comes to exploring New Zealand’s main islands.

Operating three large, high-tech ferries called Aratere, Kaitaki and Kaiarahi, Interislander can carry both passengers and vehicles numerous times per day, following a convenient timetable for your ease of travel. Maori for ‘Quick Path’, ‘Challenger’ and ‘Leadership’, respectively, the Interislander vessels all offer a comprehensive range of amenities including cinemas, luxurious lounges, live bands and child-friendly entertainment. They were also the first ferry operator on the Cook Strait to supply free Wi-Fi on-board.

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Interislander Customer Reviews

  • "Great Journey"

    Travelled as foot passengers and the check in process was quick and easy. The ferry left sharp and comfortable with suitable space. When entering the Cook Straits was a highlight the weather was sunny and breathtaking. The disembarkation was easy and cases quickly on the belt. Good value and highly recommend.

    'William' travelled with Interislander on Aratere

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  • "Great trip"

    Enjoyed the crossing very comfortable and great service. Hope we can use it again one day

    'Peter' travelled with Interislander on Aratere

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  • "Smooth"

    Check in was straightforward and we had a smooth and uneventful crossing. Staff were pleasant. No problems. Baggage reclaim didn’t take long. Altogether a good experience.

    'Thomas' travelled with Interislander on Aratere

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  • "Smooth sailing"

    It was my first time driving a car onto the ferry. The whole process was so very easy. Instructions clear. Staff on board were friendly. Food and beverages available and reasonably priced. It really was smooth sailing. I would recommend the Interislander ferry.

    'Kay' travelled with Interislander on Aratere

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